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30 kilometres, Mass Start, Freestyle, Men

Date 9 February 2002 — 12:30
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Participants78 from 32 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: ?
Height Differential: 80 m
Intermediate 1: 7.5 km
Intermediate 2: 15.0 km
Intermediate 3: 22.5 km
Maximum Climb: 52 m
Total Climbing: 1144 m

This was the first men’s Winter Olympic cross-country event skied entirely as a mass start race, which would later become the standard for most events. It was also the first men’s cross-country event in Salt Lake City, starting shortly after the women finished racing 15 km. There was no suspense over the winner of the event, however, as Spain’s Johann Mühlegg, a German émigré who obtained Spanish citizenship in 1999, dominated, taking the lead early, and winning by over two full minutes. Austrians Christian Hoffmann and Mikhail Botvinov, who had changed citizenship from Russia in 1996, finished second and third. At least the battle for the other medals was close, as Norwegian biathlon star Ole Einar Bjørndalen led the pack coming into the final lap, but was passed by the Austrians and Italian Pietro Piller Cottrer. Norway’s Kristen Skjeldal also passed Bjørndalen, who originally finished sixth. In the end, these five would battle out the medals over the final lap, with less than 13.5 seconds separating them, as Hoffmann outsprinted Botvinov to the line, winning by 1.3 seconds.

But two weeks later it would all change. On 23 February, Mühlegg won the 50 km, his third gold medal in Salt Lake City as he had also won the pursuit, only to fail his doping screen, testing positive for darbopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue. He lost the 50 km, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in December 2003 that he could be stripped of all three gold medals from the 2002 Winter Olympics. So the final standings eventually saw Hoffmann elevated to the gold medal, Botvinov the silver, and Skjeldal the bronze. As the FIS now changes the Winter Olympic program frequently, this was also the last 30 km race, at least for some time, as it was not held in 2006 or 2010, having first been contested at the Olympics in 1956.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
111Christian HoffmannAUT1-11:31.017:27.1 (5)35:31.2 (1)53:16.2 (3)Gold
210Mikhail BotvinovAUT1-11:32.317:06.9 (=1)35:32.1 (4)53:25.3 (4)Silver
34Kristen SkjeldalNOR1-11:42.717:28.2 (7)35:32.7 (5)53:25.8 (5)Bronze
48Pietro Piller CottrerITA1-11:42.817:07.9 (4)35:31.6 (2)53:15.6 (2)
517Ole Einar BjørndalenNOR1-11:44.517:06.9 (=1)35:32.0 (6)53:14.1 (1)
612Lukáš BauerCZE1-12:22.317:27.6 (6)35:31.4 (3)53:40.4 (6)
724Nikolay BolshakovRUS1-12:50.617:37.0 (12)35:40.8 (7)54:11.1 (7)
819Sergey KryaninRUS1-12:52.017:49.4 (21)35:50.2 (9)54:19.7 (8)
95Cristian ZorziITA1-13:10.017:29.7 (10)35:49.8 (8)54:31.6 (11)
1054Emmanuel JonnierFRA1-13:15.117:51.4 (24)35:52.8 (10)54:32.2 (12)
1118Vincent VittozFRA1-13:21.717:28.6 (8)35:52.0 (11)54:30.7 (9)
123Thomas AlsgaardNOR1-13:30.217:39.3 (13)35:52.1 (12)54:31.1 (10)
137Fabio MajITA1-13:43.517:29.4 (9)36:02.2 (15)54:54.5 (13)
1425Sergey DolidovichBLR1-13:51.117:48.9 (20)36:16.6 (18)54:57.0 (15)
1513Vladimir VilisovRUS1-13:54.117:42.4 (14)36:16.2 (17)55:03.8 (17)
169René SommerfeldtGER1-13:55.817:46.7 (16)36:02.9 (14)55:00.9 (16)
1751Juan Jesús GutiérrezESP1-14:05.117:47.1 (17)36:01.6 (13)54:56.5 (14)
1846Andrey NevzorovKAZ1-14:12.118:00.8 (32)36:27.7 (20)55:26.3 (19)
1916Axel TeichmannGER1-14:23.817:51.0 (25)36:15.6 (16)55:15.9 (18)
2029Martin KoukalCZE1-14:25.917:52.0 (26)36:43.1 (24)55:55.0 (26)
2152Andrew JohnsonUSA1-14:26.917:53.5 (29)36:33.6 (23)55:37.9 (20)
2257Nikolay ChebotkoKAZ1-14:32.218:24.7 (49)36:59.3 (34)55:53.9 (24)
2322Gerhard UrainAUT1-14:33.917:45.6 (15)36:44.1 (26)56:03.2 (30)
2455Petr MichlCZE1-14:40.018:17.0 (42)36:55.6 (32)55:54.4 (25)
2514Markus HaslerLIE1-14:47.017:32.9 (11)36:32.0 (21)55:39.5 (21)
2650Zsolt AntalROU1-14:47.117:53.2 (28)36:32.4 (22)55:40.5 (22)
2727Hiroyuki ImaiJPN1-14:55.618:17.1 (41)36:54.6 (29)56:03.8 (31)
2823Patrick MächlerSUI1-15:03.418:07.7 (34)36:57.3 (33)55:59.2 (27)
2941Dmitry TishkinRUS1-15:10.217:50.6 (22)36:43.6 (25)56:00.7 (29)
3031Masaaki KozuJPN1-15:32.418:32.7 (50)36:54.5 (30)56:00.2 (28)
3126Stephan KunzLIE1-15:56.818:19.3 (47)37:05.0 (36)56:45.9 (36)
3236Martin BajčičákSVK1-16:08.517:47.8 (18)36:17.3 (19)55:41.3 (23)
3321Tobias AngererGER1-16:13.117:48.3 (19)36:44.5 (27)56:05.4 (32)
3432Gion-Andrea BundiSUI1-16:19.618:18.6 (45)37:42.1 (45)57:08.1 (41)
3538Teemu KattilakoskiFIN1-16:20.918:10.0 (40)37:05.4 (35)56:45.3 (35)
3628Niklas JonssonSWE1-16:25.218:09.6 (39)37:06.0 (37)56:44.9 (34)
3759Maksim OdnodvortsevKAZ1-16:25.618:17.8 (43)37:42.6 (44)57:15.9 (43)
3845Wilhelm AschwandenSUI1-16:32.418:35.0 (55)37:44.3 (46)57:12.3 (42)
3934Patrick RölliSUI1-16:36.518:01.4 (33)37:09.5 (=38)56:57.7 (38)
4015Sami RepoFIN1-16:48.217:52.7 (27)36:52.7 (28)56:49.2 (37)
4156Haritz ZunzuneguiESP1-17:06.517:57.5 (31)37:23.3 (42)57:07.3 (39)
4243Katsuhito EbisawaJPN1-17:18.218:08.1 (37)37:17.3 (41)57:22.3 (44)
4349Jiří MagálCZE1-17:18.318:33.6 (51)38:00.7 (47)58:00.2 (47)
4464Denis VorobyovBLR1-17:43.218:19.9 (48)38:05.2 (49)58:01.6 (48)
4553Donald FarleyCAN1-17:43.618:17.6 (44)37:09.5 (=38)57:07.5 (40)
4668Vladimir BortsovKAZ1-17:47.518:34.9 (54)38:08.5 (51)57:59.7 (46)
4747Alexandre RousseletFRA1-18:01.318:08.9 (38)37:15.1 (40)57:45.0 (45)
4848Mitsuo HorigomeJPN1-18:06.317:56.6 (30)36:55.1 (31)56:30.5 (33)
496Tor-Arne HetlandNOR1-18:28.518:08.2 (36)38:05.6 (50)58:03.4 (49)
5033Roman LeibiukUKR1-18:52.318:34.4 (53)38:01.2 (48)58:15.0 (50)
5130Silvio FaunerITA1-19:43.918:08.4 (35)38:19.8 (52)59:09.0 (53)
5267Nikolay SemenyakoBLR1-19:45.618:56.5 (58)39:04.1 (54)59:49.9 (54)
5340Aleksandr SannikovBLR1-19:46.918:55.8 (56)38:42.3 (53)59:08.5 (52)
5460Lars FloraUSA1-20:42.718:55.2 (57)39:34.1 (58)1-00:06.5 (57)
5563Park Byeong-JuKOR1-20:57.519:15.6 (62)39:21.3 (55)1-00:00.3 (55)
5637Carl SwensonUSA1-21:17.317:50.9 (23)37:24.1 (43)58:55.9 (51)
5761Vladislavas ZybailaLTU1-21:27.119:14.5 (60)39:33.6 (57)1-00:03.5 (56)
5862Juris ĢērmanisLAT1-22:30.419:15.0 (61)39:37.0 (59)1-00:54.5 (58)
5969Shin Doo-SunKOR1-23:03.019:50.1 (65)41:00.8 (62)1-01:41.2 (59)
6058Pavo RaudseppEST1-23:08.319:45.7 (64)40:35.4 (61)1-01:45.7 (60)
6173Damir JurčevićCRO1-23:53.319:45.5 (63)40:33.6 (60)1-01:47.1 (61)
6265Aram HadzhiyanARM1-24:07.520:18.8 (69)41:15.9 (63)1-02:35.0 (62)
6371Vadim GusevasLTU1-24:26.320:03.9 (66)41:23.1 (64)1-02:59.0 (63)
6470Denis KlobučarCRO1-25:39.020:11.4 (67)41:41.9 (66)1-03:23.7 (65)
6566Han DaweiCHN1-25:42.420:37.7 (70)41:36.6 (65)1-03:06.9 (64)
6672Zoltán TagschererHUN1-30:50.120:40.8 (71)42:43.0 (67)1-05:57.1 (66)
6777Ion BucsaMDA1-32:48.922:11.4 (74)45:05.8 (68)1-08:12.3 (67)
6876Gjoko DineskiMKD1-33:33.921:51.3 (73)45:34.9 (69)1-09:09.8 (68)
AC20Per ElofssonSWE17:07.4 (3)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC75Morgan GöranssonSWE18:18.0 (46)39:24.7 (56)– (–)DNF
AC1Justin WadsworthUSA59:59.9 (76)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC42Sami PietiläFIN18:33.4 (52)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC44Christophe PerrillatFRA19:12.7 (59)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC74Jeong Ui-MyeongKOR21:05.6 (72)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC78Sabahattin OğlagoTUR20:12.3 (68)47:41.4 (70)– (–)DNF
AC39Prawat NagvajaraTHA30:22.9 (75)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC2Johann MühleggESP1-09:28.916:50.5 (AC)34:02.3 (AC)51:43.6 (AC)DQ1
AC35Achim WalcherAUT1-17:40.917:49.9 (AC)37:01.9 (AC)57:01.8 (AC)DQ2