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15 kilometres, Classical, Men

Date12 February 2002 — 12:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Participants67 from 26 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 15,042 m
Height Differential: 123 m
Intermediate 1: 2.0 km
Intermediate 2: 7.2 km
Intermediate 3: 11.5 km
Maximum Climb: 51 m
Total Climbing: 563 m

Nobody had really dominated short-distance cross-country events since the retirement of Bjørn Dæhlie, and this event was considered wide-open. The leader at the first checkpoint was Anders Aukland but by the 7.2 km time check, Estonian Andrus Veerpalu had taken the lead. He held that to the end, posting the fastest intermediate splits at all the final checkpoints, and winning a very easy gold medal, 36 seconds ahead of Norway’s Frode Estil. Veerpalu and Estil had also been 1-2 at the 2001 World Championships over 30 km. In this event, Veerpalu had been runner-up at the 1999 Worlds. Veerpalu’s teammate, Jaak Mae, started slowly but had moved to third by 11.5 km checkpoint. His bronze would give Estonia two medals in this event, and Veerpalu was the first Estonian to win a Winter Olympic gold medal. He would return in 2006 to defend his gold medal. Estil would win the 15 km World Championship in 2005.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
159Andrus VeerpaluEST37:07.45:24.1 (3)19:23.7 (1)28:46.8 (1)Gold
264Frode EstilNOR37:43.45:22.9 (2)19:31.4 (2)29:09.7 (2)Silver
367Jaak MaeEST37:50.85:26.0 (4)19:42.0 (6)29:26.0 (3)Bronze
463Anders AuklandNOR38:08.35:21.9 (1)19:38.2 (4)29:26.8 (4)
566Per ElofssonSWE38:10.85:26.3 (5)19:37.5 (3)29:27.8 (5)
660Erling JevneNOR38:13.65:29.3 (7)19:39.4 (5)29:34.6 (6)
761Vitaly DenisovRUS38:17.95:32.6 (14)19:52.4 (8)29:35.1 (7)
847Magnus IngessonSWE38:38.55:32.0 (12)19:54.8 (9)29:48.6 (9)
950Reto BurgermeisterSUI38:49.25:41.2 (31)20:22.6 (20)30:13.5 (14)
1028Sergey NovikovRUS38:49.35:32.1 (13)20:07.6 (10)30:07.9 (11)
1158Mikhail IvanovRUS38:51.35:29.7 (8)19:42.6 (7)29:44.1 (8)
1254John BauerUSA38:55.75:34.6 (18)20:08.5 (13)30:04.8 (10)
1338Roman VirolaynenBLR39:02.45:36.5 (24)20:17.4 (18)30:12.2 (13)
1414Axel TeichmannGER39:05.35:35.1 (20)20:19.4 (19)30:19.5 (15)
1540Andreas SchlütterGER39:19.25:34.2 (17)20:08.3 (12)30:19.7 (16)
1630Patrick WeaverUSA39:24.45:42.2 (35)20:27.1 (23)30:34.3 (23)
1725Urban LindgrenSWE39:24.85:41.5 (33)20:23.6 (22)30:27.6 (18)
1839Andrey GolovkoKAZ39:28.15:34.9 (19)20:16.3 (17)30:30.5 (21)
1945Masaaki KozuJPN39:28.35:43.3 (39)20:27.8 (26)30:33.1 (22)
2065Odd-Bjørn HjelmesetNOR39:31.45:27.0 (6)20:07.8 (11)30:08.2 (12)
2162Ivan BátorySVK39:32.05:29.9 (9)20:09.7 (15)30:22.7 (17)
2241Kris FreemanUSA39:34.35:36.2 (=22)20:28.4 (27)30:45.1 (27)
2331Alexander MarentAUT39:36.25:42.1 (34)20:30.5 (30)30:35.8 (24)
2437Martin BajčičákSVK39:39.45:38.0 (29)20:27.2 (=24)30:44.4 (26)
2555Vasily RochevRUS39:42.15:36.2 (=22)20:13.4 (16)30:30.4 (20)
2651Freddy SchwienbacherITA39:44.95:45.7 (42)20:46.9 (35)30:53.2 (31)
273Morgan GöranssonSWE39:45.75:31.8 (11)20:27.2 (=24)30:46.8 (28)
285Cristian SaraccoITA39:48.45:42.7 (36)20:42.1 (33)30:49.7 (30)
2957Jiří MagálCZE39:48.65:37.6 (25)20:23.2 (21)30:59.1 (34)
3016Kuisma TaipaleFIN39:50.35:35.8 (21)20:28.7 (28)30:48.5 (29)
3121Fulvio ValbusaITA39:50.65:37.7 (26)20:09.4 (14)30:27.9 (19)
3244Roman LeibiukUKR39:50.95:37.8 (=27)20:37.7 (32)30:54.0 (32)
3353Jens FilbrichGER39:57.05:32.9 (16)20:29.3 (29)30:43.5 (25)
3418Petr MichlCZE40:00.25:49.5 (49)20:45.7 (34)30:58.9 (33)
3534Giorgio Di CentaITA40:22.65:31.3 (10)20:35.1 (31)31:08.4 (35)
3633Hiroyuki ImaiJPN40:27.15:43.7 (41)20:54.7 (36)31:11.7 (36)
3712Denis KrivushkinKAZ40:27.75:40.8 (30)21:02.1 (39)31:19.5 (38)
381Hiroshi KudoJPN40:29.95:46.6 (=44)21:07.9 (=41)31:22.3 (39)
3952Ričardas PanavasLTU40:31.05:51.1 (50)21:10.6 (44)31:24.7 (41)
4048Meelis AasmäeEST40:31.25:41.4 (32)20:59.3 (37)31:19.0 (37)
4149Gerhard UrainAUT40:38.05:42.9 (=37)21:00.2 (38)31:24.0 (40)
4224Pavel RyabininKAZ41:03.25:51.5 (51)21:09.6 (43)31:44.0 (42)
4356Karri HietamäkiFIN41:13.65:47.8 (47)21:05.5 (40)31:45.2 (43)
4443Igor ZubrilinKAZ41:15.55:51.7 (53)21:16.3 (46)31:53.0 (45)
4515Milan ŠperlCZE41:16.75:49.1 (48)21:07.9 (=41)31:46.9 (44)
4642Donald FarleyCAN41:26.65:46.9 (46)21:15.4 (45)31:58.8 (46)
477Aleksandr ShalakBLR41:44.55:54.3 (57)21:54.3 (=53)32:33.3 (51)
4835Nikolay SemenyakoBLR41:48.05:51.6 (52)21:33.9 (48)32:22.7 (48)
4923Juris ĢērmanisLAT41:50.15:37.8 (=27)21:47.5 (49)32:27.1 (49)
5022Katsuhito EbisawaJPN41:51.45:32.7 (15)21:25.4 (47)32:08.7 (47)
5127Aleksey TregubovBLR42:00.76:00.7 (59)21:53.5 (51)32:32.2 (50)
5217Vladislavas ZybailaLTU42:07.95:46.6 (=44)21:54.3 (=53)32:33.9 (52)
538Ari PalolahtiFIN42:10.75:51.8 (54)21:53.6 (52)32:43.9 (53)
546Lars FloraUSA42:11.55:46.2 (43)21:49.8 (50)32:48.8 (55)
5519Peter SchlickenriederGER42:34.05:52.2 (56)21:56.0 (55)32:48.6 (54)
5613Han DaweiCHN42:34.56:06.3 (60)22:41.4 (59)33:21.9 (57)
5729Priit NaruskEST43:03.25:43.6 (40)22:02.7 (56)33:15.5 (56)
5826Denis KlobučarCRO43:45.05:52.1 (55)22:35.5 (57)33:55.3 (58)
5911Vadim GusevasLTU43:56.25:42.9 (=37)22:38.5 (58)34:01.2 (59)
602Ivan BayrakovBUL45:41.26:18.5 (63)23:34.4 (61)35:26.8 (60)
6136Damir JurčevićCRO45:49.66:10.0 (61)23:47.5 (63)35:50.4 (63)
6246Park Byeong-JuKOR45:51.46:13.6 (62)24:24.5 (66)35:49.6 (62)
639Jargalyn ErdenetülkhüürMGL45:54.76:31.2 (64)23:40.6 (62)35:40.0 (61)
6432Choi Im-HeonKOR46:13.36:32.2 (65)24:14.2 (64)36:03.7 (65)
654Lefteris FafalisGRE46:17.95:57.9 (58)22:56.1 (60)35:56.8 (64)
6610Aram HadzhiyanARM46:42.96:35.8 (66)24:14.7 (65)36:16.7 (66)
AC20Slavcho BatinkovBUL6:36.9 (67)24:56.3 (67)– (–)DNF