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4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women

Date16 February 1998 — 10:15
StatusOlympic
LocationSnow Harp, Hakuba
Participants64 from 16 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 5,000 m / 5,000 m
Height Differential: 98 m / 52 m
Maximum Climb: 44 m / 51 m
Total Climbing: 195 m / 177 m

Russia had won the last three World Championships, and the 1994 Olympic gold medal, which had been won in 1992 by the Unified Team, and 1988 by the Soviet Union, or Russian analogues. They were favored but Norway was tough, placing second at the Worlds in 1995 and 1997, and having won the silver medal in Lillehammer. Russia and Norway would start out quickly, with Nina Gavrylyuk leading over Bente Martinsen, who had a 17.7 second lead over third-place Sweden. On the second leg, Norway moved ahead, one second in front of Russia, with Italy mired back in 12th place. Yelena Välbe, skiing the third leg for Russia, opened it up, and put Russia in front of Norway by 22.8 seconds at the final exchange, Switzerland another minute behind. Manuela Di Centa skied well for Italy but could only move her team up to ninth and a medal now seemed out of the question. Välbe’s split had made things easy for Russian anchor Larisa Lazutina, who increased the lead slightly as Russia won a comfortable gold medal over Norway. For Italy, the impossible would occur, as Stefania Belmondo’s anchor leg was the fastest of the event, by over 26 seconds, and brought Italy in 1.9 seconds ahead of Switzerland. The podium had Russia, Norway, and Italy, in that order, the exact same medal finish as in 1994.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)
11Russian FederationRUS55:13.5Gold
1-1Nina Gavrylyuk14:13.814:13.8 (1)
1-2Olga Danilova13:53.228:07.0 (2)
1-3Yelena Välbe13:39.841:46.8 (1)
1-4Larisa Lazutina13:26.755:13.5 (1)
22NorwayNOR55:38.0Silver
2-1Bente Martinsen14:14.314:14.3 (2)
2-2Marit Mikkelsplass13:51.728:06.0 (1)
2-3Elin Nilsen14:03.642:09.6 (2)
2-4Anita Moen-Guidon13:28.455:38.0 (2)
34ItalyITA56:53.3Bronze
4-1Karin Moroder15:16.715:16.7 (14)
4-2Gabriella Paruzzi14:35.729:52.4 (12)
4-3Manuela Di Centa14:00.843:53.2 (9)
4-4Stefania Belmondo13:00.156:53.3 (3)
48SwitzerlandSUI56:55.2
8-1Sylvia Honegger14:41.214:41.2 (9)
8-2Andrea Huber14:43.629:24.8 (11)
8-3Brigitte Albrecht13:39.843:04.6 (3)
8-4Natascia Leonardi13:50.656:55.2 (4)
56GermanyGER56:55.4
6-1Kati Wilhelm14:40.714:40.7 (8)
6-2Manuela Henkel14:17.928:58.6 (4)
6-3Constanze Blum14:06.543:05.1 (4)
6-4Anke Schulze13:50.356:55.4 (5)
65Czech RepublicCZE56:58.7
5-1Jana Šaldová14:58.314:58.3 (12)
5-2Kateřina Neumannová14:04.229:02.5 (5)
5-3Kateřina Hanušová14:10.243:12.7 (5)
5-4Zuzana Kocumová13:46.056:58.7 (6)
73FinlandFIN57:34.3
3-1Tuulikki Pyykkönen14:37.414:37.4 (5)
3-2Milla Jauho14:44.629:22.0 (9)
3-3Satu Salonen14:04.343:26.3 (6)
3-4Anita Nyman14:08.057:34.3 (7)
89SwedenSWE57:53.7
9-1Antonina Ordina14:32.014:32.0 (3)
9-2Anette Fanqvist14:44.829:16.8 (7)
9-3Magdalena Forsberg14:12.143:28.9 (7)
9-4Karin Säterkvist14:24.857:53.7 (8)
910UkraineUKR57:54.8
10-1Valentyna Shevchenko14:57.214:57.2 (11)
10-2Iryna Taranenko-Terelia13:53.128:50.3 (3)
10-3Olena Haiasova14:39.243:29.5 (8)
10-4Maryna Pestriakova14:25.357:54.8 (9)
1014JapanJPN58:22.8
14-1Tomomi Otaka14:40.314:40.3 (7)
14-2Sumiko Yokoyama14:27.029:07.3 (6)
14-3Fumiko Aoki14:46.943:54.2 (10)
14-4Kumiko Yokoyama14:28.658:22.8 (10)
117FranceFRA58:27.7
7-1Sophie Villeneuve14:35.614:35.6 (4)
7-2Annick Pierrel14:48.529:24.1 (10)
7-3Anne-Laure Condevaux15:06.744:30.8 (12)
7-4Karine Philippot13:56.958:27.7 (11)
1211KazakhstanKAZ59:11.3
11-1Svetlana Deshevykh14:41.614:41.6 (10)
11-2Oksana Yatskaya14:36.029:17.6 (8)
11-3Svetlana Shishkina15:06.844:24.4 (11)
11-4Olga Seleznyova14:46.959:11.3 (12)
1312PolandPOL59:56.7
12-1Katarzyna Gębala15:41.815:41.8 (15)
12-2Małgorzata Ruchała15:00.830:42.6 (15)
12-3Dorota Kwaśny14:45.145:27.7 (15)
12-4Bernadetta Piotrowska14:29.059:56.7 (13)
1416BelarusBLR59:56.9
16-1Svetlana Kamotskaya15:06.815:06.8 (13)
16-2Yekaterina Antonyuk15:19.730:26.5 (14)
16-3Yelena Sinkevich14:49.045:15.5 (13)
16-4Lyudmila Korolik14:41.459:56.9 (14)
1515United StatesUSA1-00:51.2
15-1Kerrin Petty15:45.615:45.6 (16)
15-2Suzanne King15:33.531:19.1 (16)
15-3Laura McCabe15:04.246:23.3 (16)
15-4Laura Wilson14:27.91-00:51.2 (15)
1613CanadaCAN1-01:09.9
13-1Beckie Scott14:38.114:38.1 (6)
13-2Milaine Thériault15:14.729:52.8 (13)
13-3Sara Renner15:34.145:26.9 (14)
13-4Jaime Fortier15:43.01-01:09.9 (16)