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15 kilometres, Mass Start, Freestyle, Women

Date 9 February 2002 — 9:00
StatusOlympic
LocationSoldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
Participants60 from 23 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 15,284 m
Height Differential: 80 m
Intermediate 1: 1.9 km
Intermediate 2: 7.5 km
Maximum Climb: 52 m
Total Climbing: 572 m

This was the first 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 cross-country event in Salt Lake City, starting shortly before the men raced 30 km. The 2001 World Champion was Norway’s Bente Skari-Martinsen, who had been the dominant female cross-country racer over the past five years. But she elected not to contest this race in Salt Lake City, which left the event open.

The early leader in the race was Russian Yuliya Chepalova, but by 9 km, Italy’s Stefania Belmondo, the 1999 World Champion in the event, moved ahead, until her pole broke at 10.5 km. She dropped back to 10th place, but fortunately trailed the leader, Larisa Lazutina, by only 10 seconds. Belmondo was given a pole by a French official but it was very long, so she struggled for over 500 metres until an Italian coach gave her one of her own poles. She then powered ahead, caught Lazutina and won a narrow victory by 1.8 seconds. Behind them, Czech skier Kateřina Neumannová came in for the bronze medal. But Lazutina would not keep her silver medal. After the pursuit race, held six days later, she was found to have tested positive for darpopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue, and was disqualified in late 2003. Neumannová was moved up to silver, and Chepalova would get the bronze. At the 2003 World Championships, the event was won by the woman who wasn’t there, Bente Skari-Martinsen.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)Int 3 (Pos)
13Stefania BelmondoITA39:54.45:42.3 (3)20:10.9 (2)31:17.0 (9)Gold
24Kateřina NeumannováCZE40:01.35:41.7 (2)20:11.5 (3)31:10.9 (4)Silver
31Yuliya ChepalovaRUS40:02.75:40.4 (1)20:10.5 (1)31:09.2 (1)Bronze
410Kaisa VarisFIN40:04.15:45.0 (7)20:13.7 (8)31:11.2 (5)
512Sviatlana NahieykinaBLR40:17.95:47.6 (=13)20:15.3 (11)31:12.6 (7)
67Gabriella ParuzziITA40:25.75:42.9 (4)20:13.1 (6)31:10.2 (3)
78Kristina ŠmigunEST40:33.65:46.8 (11)20:16.5 (12)31:14.1 (8)
820Karine PhilippotFRA40:38.65:46.4 (10)20:14.2 (9)31:19.3 (10)
918Iryna TereliaUKR40:39.45:48.4 (15)20:17.2 (13)31:26.0 (12)
109Sabina ValbusaITA40:48.35:43.7 (5)20:12.6 (4)31:09.7 (2)
116Olga ZavyalovaRUS40:53.35:44.4 (6)20:12.7 (5)31:11.6 (6)
1214Evi SachenbacherGER40:57.65:47.6 (=13)20:14.6 (10)31:34.3 (13)
1311Yelena BurukhinaRUS41:01.15:45.6 (8)20:13.3 (7)31:25.0 (11)
145Hilde Gjermundshaug PedersenNOR41:47.85:47.1 (12)20:22.7 (14)32:09.1 (14)
1534Natascia Leonardi CortesiSUI41:56.35:53.1 (26)20:51.4 (15)32:32.3 (16)
1630Antonella ConfortolaITA41:57.85:57.9 (32)20:53.8 (=18)32:33.0 (17)
=1724Vera ZiatikovaBLR42:04.55:51.2 (20)20:53.8 (=18)32:31.5 (15)
=1727Natallia ZiatikovaBLR42:04.55:50.3 (17)20:53.3 (17)32:37.4 (19)
1921Riitta-Liisa LassilaFIN42:14.35:54.5 (27)20:52.8 (16)32:45.2 (25)
2043Kateřina HanušováCZE42:15.75:52.4 (=22)20:55.6 (23)32:37.3 (18)
2115Valentyna ShevchenkoUKR42:16.05:45.9 (9)20:56.4 (24)32:39.1 (20)
2229Sumiko YokoyamaJPN42:16.25:58.4 (34)21:03.5 (25)32:41.3 (21)
2344Katrin ŠmigunEST42:25.66:01.2 (39)20:55.2 (22)32:42.4 (22)
2439Annick Vaxelaire-PierrelFRA42:26.75:59.1 (36)20:54.5 (20)32:44.0 (23)
2533Oksana YatskayaKAZ42:46.05:49.4 (16)20:54.7 (21)32:44.4 (24)
2631Claudia KünzelGER42:49.55:51.0 (19)21:10.2 (31)33:23.6 (31)
2732Kanoko GotoJPN42:50.45:53.0 (=24)21:09.4 (30)33:14.5 (29)
2813Vibeke SkofterudNOR42:50.95:50.4 (18)21:07.7 (27)33:13.9 (28)
2928Nina KemppelUSA42:53.15:57.3 (31)21:07.8 (28)33:13.8 (27)
3037Anna-Carin OlofssonSWE42:53.85:59.0 (35)21:09.3 (29)33:14.8 (30)
3138Brigitte Albrecht-LoretanSUI42:54.45:51.8 (21)21:07.4 (26)33:13.0 (26)
3235Nataša LačenSLO43:05.06:26.2 (52)21:46.0 (38)33:33.7 (33)
3326Svetlana ShishkinaKAZ43:05.15:58.3 (33)21:29.2 (33)33:32.8 (32)
3436Amanda FortierCAN43:38.76:05.7 (42)21:54.6 (40)33:48.5 (34)
3558Anke ReschwammGER43:53.15:53.0 (=24)21:17.6 (32)34:12.3 (40)
3622Anna DahlbergSWE43:53.75:55.8 (29)21:40.9 (36)34:11.4 (39)
3741Jaime FortierCAN43:54.06:07.1 (45)21:52.9 (39)33:54.5 (35)
3825Elin EkSWE43:55.35:59.8 (37)21:40.1 (35)34:06.0 (37)
3923Jenny OlssonSWE43:57.75:55.6 (28)21:44.9 (37)34:10.6 (38)
4049Natallia Sviridova-KalinovskayaBLR44:09.26:06.4 (43)21:29.9 (34)33:56.3 (36)
4146Helena BalatkováCZE44:17.86:00.6 (38)21:55.5 (43)34:19.2 (41)
4242Midori FurusawaJPN44:41.86:05.0 (41)21:55.2 (42)34:27.5 (42)
4350Barb JonesUSA45:04.36:08.3 (46)22:08.1 (44)34:53.7 (43)
4445Vita YakymchukUKR45:26.76:15.6 (48)22:39.3 (49)35:30.7 (46)
4553Darya StarostinaKAZ45:28.86:19.0 (51)22:36.1 (48)35:17.7 (44)
4647Lee Chae-WonKOR45:37.96:18.4 (50)22:35.4 (47)35:18.5 (45)
4756Hou YuxiaCHN45:42.26:27.6 (54)22:46.0 (52)35:31.7 (47)
4852Irina TerentjevaLTU45:45.46:18.0 (49)22:45.8 (51)35:39.5 (48)
4955Nataliya IsachenkoKAZ45:51.46:12.0 (47)22:43.0 (50)35:43.1 (49)
5017Marit BjørgenNOR47:07.46:49.0 (58)23:49.3 (57)36:59.1 (52)
5148Ilona BublováCZE47:31.86:06.6 (44)22:51.3 (53)36:31.2 (50)
5254Luan ZhengrongCHN47:43.76:29.3 (55)23:19.8 (54)36:55.8 (51)
5359Kristina JoderUSA48:06.06:26.3 (53)23:42.2 (55)37:14.4 (53)
5457Maja KezeleCRO48:43.16:34.3 (56)23:46.9 (56)37:39.6 (54)
AC51Margarita NikolyanARM7:38.3 (AC)26:53.1 (AC)41:55.3 (AC)DQ
AC16Maj Helen SorkmoNOR5:56.6 (30)21:54.7 (41)– (–)DNF
AC19Annmari ViljanmaaFIN5:52.4 (=22)22:15.0 (46)– (–)DNF
AC40Nobuko FukudaJPN6:04.1 (40)22:12.6 (45)– (–)DNF
AC60Elena GorohovaMDA6:43.1 (57)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC2Larisa LazutinaRUS39:56.25:41.0 (AC)20:12.1 (AC)31:08.2 (AC)DQ1