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15 km Skiathlon, Women

Date12 February 2006
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio del Trampolino, Pragelato Plan
Participants67 from 28 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 7,500 m / 7,500 m
Height Differential: 36 m / 59 m
Maximum Climb: 33 m / 54 m
Total Climbing: 252 m / 312 m

The event was changed again. In 2002 it was contested as 5 km classical followed by 5 km freestyle pursuit, but in 2006 both distances were increased to 7½ km. Also, while the event had previously been run with interval starts in the classical, it was now a mass start, a format that was first débuted internationally at the 2005 World Championships. The favorites were the gold and silver medalists from the 2005 World Championships, Russian Yuliya Chepalova and Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, along with the 2003 World Champion, Estonia’s Kristina Šmigun. The leader after the classical section was Slovenian Petra Majdič, but she was 13th in the freestyle pursuit, and placed 11th overall. The runner-up after classical was Šmigun, with Czech Kateřina Neumannová in third, but the margin between them was only 0.7 seconds. They would post the two best freestyle times with Šmigun edging out Neumannová for the gold medal by 1.9 seconds. The defending champion was Canada’s Beckie Scott, who took almost two years to win her gold medal because of drug disqualifications. She was seventh after classical, and briefly took the lead in the pursuit phase, but slowed near the end and placed sixth. The bronze medal went to Russia’s Yevgeniya Medvedeva, whose only previous international podium had come at the 2005 World Championships in the relay.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeClassical (Pos)Pit Stop (Pos)Freestyle (Pos)
18Kristina ŠmigunEST42:48.720:24.9 (2)36.5 (30)21:47.2 (1)Gold
23Kateřina NeumannováCZE42:50.620:25.6 (3)33.0 (8)21:51.9 (2)Silver
317Yevgeniya MedvedevaRUS43:03.220:28.4 (11)34.5 (=16)22:00.1 (3)Bronze
414Kristin Størmer SteiraNOR43:06.820:26.4 (5)31.2 (3)22:09.1 (5)
519Gabriella ParuzziITA43:18.920:26.5 (6)33.3 (9)22:19.0 (6)
64Beckie ScottCAN43:20.620:26.7 (7)32.7 (=4)22:21.1 (8)
723Olga ZavyalovaRUS43:23.720:28.3 (10)36.1 (=23)22:19.3 (7)
820Justyna KowalczykPOL43:25.620:27.4 (8)36.2 (=26)22:22.0 (9)
92Yuliya ChepalovaRUS43:39.521:01.6 (21)33.9 (11)22:03.9 (4)
105Hilde Gjermundshaug PedersenNOR43:40.520:26.0 (4)34.1 (12)22:40.4 (10)
119Petra MajdičSLO43:41.720:23.9 (1)31.0 (2)22:46.7 (13)
1212Svetlana MalakhovaKAZ44:00.020:40.8 (15)34.2 (=13)22:44.9 (12)
1321Riitta-Liisa RoponenFIN44:06.120:53.1 (17)30.6 (1)22:42.2 (11)
147Valentyna ShevchenkoUKR44:13.620:37.0 (13)35.6 (20)23:00.9 (14)
1533Britta NorgrenSWE44:18.020:28.7 (12)32.7 (=4)23:16.5 (19)
1610Sara RennerCAN44:30.920:27.8 (9)32.9 (=6)23:30.1 (21)
1713Sabina ValbusaITA44:44.720:52.9 (16)39.6 (43)23:12.1 (16)
186Claudia NystadGER44:48.121:04.9 (24)36.1 (=23)23:07.0 (15)
1915Kristin Mürer StemlandNOR44:59.220:38.3 (14)33.7 (10)23:47.1 (25)
2011Karine PhilippotFRA45:06.520:53.4 (18)35.7 (21)23:37.3 (22)
2134Wang ChunliCHN45:09.620:54.7 (19)34.4 (15)23:40.4 (23)
2232Antonella ConfortolaITA45:11.921:13.9 (27)44.8 (=60)23:13.1 (18)
2342Iva JanečkováCZE45:33.521:14.7 (28)34.6 (18)23:44.2 (24)
2426Natascia Leonardi CortesiSUI45:34.321:00.9 (20)37.8 (38)23:55.5 (28)
2529Yelena KolominaKAZ45:44.121:04.4 (23)38.8 (40)24:00.8 (30)
2648Vita YakymchukUKR45:48.121:58.1 (39)37.1 (36)23:12.8 (17)
2741Li HongxueCHN45:56.421:29.0 (31)35.8 (22)23:51.5 (26)
2816Stefanie BöhlerGER45:56.921:08.5 (25)36.2 (=26)24:12.0 (35)
2940Helena ErbenováCZE45:57.021:30.6 (32)34.5 (=16)23:51.8 (27)
3030Sumiko YokoyamaJPN45:58.621:19.1 (29)32.9 (=6)24:06.5 (32)
3118Elin EkSWE46:02.721:02.3 (22)43.9 (59)24:16.4 (39)
3267Liu YuanyuanCHN46:18.522:18.0 (48)41.5 (49)23:18.9 (20)
3331Elina HietamäkiFIN46:20.521:47.7 (35)36.1 (=23)23:56.6 (29)
3427Kirsi VälimaaFIN46:25.621:08.7 (26)40.1 (44)24:36.7 (46)
3536Masako IshidaJPN46:37.721:28.6 (30)36.6 (31)24:32.4 (45)
3622Arianna FollisITA46:40.921:40.1 (33)36.8 (33)24:24.0 (41)
3724Yelena BurukhinaRUS46:42.921:47.4 (34)42.4 (55)24:13.1 (38)
3843Chizuru SonetaJPN46:45.521:59.2 (40)36.3 (29)24:09.9 (34)
3945Maja BenedičičSLO46:51.122:01.6 (=42)40.6 (47)24:08.8 (33)
4053Kateryna HryhorenkoUKR46:55.222:15.9 (46)35.0 (19)24:04.2 (31)
4125Oksana YatskayaKAZ46:57.021:49.7 (36)42.3 (=53)24:24.9 (42)
4252Clare-Louise BrumleyAUS47:03.121:54.9 (38)38.1 (39)24:30.0 (44)
4338Alena SannikovaBLR47:05.622:16.5 (47)36.7 (32)24:12.3 (36)
4439Liudmila KarolikBLR47:07.222:09.3 (44)44.8 (=60)24:13.0 (37)
4550Tetyana ZavaliyUKR47:18.722:14.6 (45)37.3 (37)24:26.7 (43)
4649Alena ProcházkováSVK47:45.221:53.5 (37)40.2 (45)25:11.4 (51)
4728Anna-Karin StrömstedtSWE47:51.322:01.6 (=42)36.2 (=26)25:13.5 (=52)
4860Rebecca DussaultUSA47:53.722:30.4 (53)39.0 (41)24:44.2 (47)
4964Katsiaryna Rudakova-BulavkaBLR48:09.223:06.2 (58)42.5 (=56)24:20.4 (40)
5065Yevgeniya VoloshenkoKAZ48:17.222:19.6 (50)42.5 (=56)25:15.0 (54)
5144Volha VasilionakBLR48:20.422:19.2 (49)41.7 (50)25:19.4 (55)
5235Manuela HenkelGER48:21.822:27.6 (51)40.5 (46)25:13.5 (=52)
5337Irina TerentjevaLTU48:33.723:01.3 (56)36.9 (=34)24:55.4 (49)
5446Milaine ThériaultCAN48:38.922:01.2 (41)41.1 (48)25:56.5 (58)
5559Lindsey WeierUSA48:45.022:30.0 (52)42.2 (52)25:32.6 (56)
5651Abby LarsonUSA48:47.523:19.2 (60)39.4 (42)24:48.8 (48)
5747Lee Chae-WonKOR49:01.223:18.7 (59)46.2 (64)24:56.3 (50)
5861Xu YinghuiCHN49:47.322:35.3 (54)42.3 (=53)26:29.6 (61)
5962Monika GyorgyROU50:15.323:02.2 (57)36.9 (=34)26:36.1 (62)
6063Chandra CrawfordCAN50:35.422:35.8 (55)43.6 (58)27:15.8 (64)
6154Laia AubertESP50:41.324:03.5 (61)34.2 (=13)26:03.4 (59)
6255Lindsay WilliamsUSA50:49.724:11.5 (63)45.5 (63)25:52.7 (57)
6358Laura OrguéESP51:16.524:13.0 (64)42.0 (51)26:21.4 (60)
6457Maja KezeleCRO51:36.324:04.7 (62)45.0 (62)26:46.4 (63)
AC1Marit BjørgenNOR– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC56Kelime AydınTUR– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF
AC66Branka KuzeljevićSCG– (–)– (–)– (–)DNF