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30 kilometres Mass Start, Freestyle, Women

Date24 February 2006 — 11:30
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio del Trampolino, Pragelato Plan
Participants61 from 22 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 30,000 m
Height Differential: 76 m
Intermediate 1: 10.0 km
Intermediate 2: 20.0 km
Maximum Climb: 54 m
Total Climbing: 1,086 m

The 2005 World Champion was Marit Bjørgen, who had dominated the World Cup standings since 2004, but she elected not to race this event, leaving it wide open. The leaders through the first two checkpoints were Russian Yuliya Chepalova and Ukrainian Valentyna Shevchenko, closely followed by Czech skier Kateřina Neumannová. But in the final 10 km they were joined by Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk, who was a major surprise, having only moved up from the junior ranks in 2005. Shevchenko would fall back, eventually finishing seventh. The other three battled to the line in a remarkably close finish, Neumannová winning the gold medal by 1.4 seconds over Chepalova, with Kowalczyk another 0.7 seconds back. Kowalczyk’s bronze medal was the first ever for Polish women in Olympic cross-country skiing. Although she was not well known prior to Torino, she would soon be, winning the pursuit and 30 km at the 2009 World Championships.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
12Kateřina NeumannováCZE1-22:25.426:51.7 (3)54:51.5 (3)Gold
21Yuliya ChepalovaRUS1-22:26.826:51.3 (=1)54:51.3 (2)Silver
319Justyna KowalczykPOL1-22:27.526:54.7 (10)54:52.9 (8)Bronze
414Kristin Størmer SteiraNOR1-22:40.826:52.2 (5)54:52.4 (6)
518Gabriella ParuzziITA1-23:00.826:51.8 (4)54:52.0 (=4)
65Claudia NystadGER1-23:02.126:55.0 (11)54:53.4 (10)
76Valentyna ShevchenkoUKR1-23:07.926:51.3 (=1)54:51.1 (1)
87Kristina ŠmigunEST1-23:22.526:53.6 (8)54:52.0 (=4)
922Olga ZavyalovaRUS1-23:28.526:53.2 (7)54:53.0 (9)
1012Sabina ValbusaITA1-23:37.626:52.7 (6)54:52.5 (7)
1110Karine PhilippotFRA1-24:06.126:54.1 (9)54:59.6 (11)
1221Arianna FollisITA1-24:46.126:56.5 (14)55:00.2 (12)
133Evi Sachenbacher-StehleGER1-25:15.826:55.6 (12)56:00.5 (16)
148Petra MajdičSLO1-25:22.526:56.1 (13)55:58.7 (15)
1523Oksana YatskayaKAZ1-25:30.527:00.5 (17)56:01.8 (18)
1625Natascia Leonardi CortesiSUI1-25:32.026:57.2 (15)56:02.3 (19)
1713Aino-Kaisa SaarinenFIN1-25:41.827:11.5 (23)56:01.3 (17)
189Olga RochevaRUS1-25:45.026:59.8 (16)56:09.6 (21)
1927Yelena KolominaKAZ1-26:06.427:10.8 (22)56:02.9 (20)
2016Stefanie BöhlerGER1-26:19.227:23.4 (27)56:53.7 (25)
2117Yevgeniya MedvedevaRUS1-26:28.127:05.5 (19)55:52.1 (13)
2247Vita YakymchukUKR1-26:32.227:06.1 (20)55:57.9 (14)
2320Riitta-Liisa RoponenFIN1-26:55.427:15.0 (26)56:52.7 (24)
2415Kristin Mürer StemlandNOR1-27:05.927:12.0 (24)56:52.2 (23)
2541Chizuru SonetaJPN1-27:25.827:35.3 (28)56:55.1 (26)
2637Liudmila KarolikBLR1-27:44.427:36.5 (29)57:09.7 (28)
2740Iva JanečkováCZE1-27:55.727:39.6 (31)57:30.0 (29)
2833Britta NorgrenSWE1-28:21.927:38.2 (30)57:42.9 (31)
2930Ella GjømleNOR1-28:28.228:02.5 (36)58:26.2 (35)
3026Anna-Karin StrömstedtSWE1-28:29.427:55.4 (33)58:25.6 (34)
3129Kamila RajdlováCZE1-28:38.628:02.0 (35)58:25.1 (33)
3252Sarah KonradUSA1-28:39.228:03.4 (37)58:26.9 (36)
3339Li HongxueCHN1-28:49.827:57.9 (34)58:01.8 (32)
3442Volha VasilionakBLR1-29:22.828:20.5 (39)58:53.1 (39)
3536Alena SannikovaBLR1-29:30.428:12.7 (38)58:58.3 (40)
3643Élodie Bourgeois-PinFRA1-29:37.628:21.0 (40)58:52.6 (38)
3731Sumiko YokoyamaJPN1-29:41.327:14.6 (25)57:37.7 (30)
3853Nataliya IsachenkoKAZ1-30:04.328:39.4 (46)59:03.2 (42)
3938Helena ErbenováCZE1-30:20.628:35.9 (45)59:03.7 (43)
4011Svetlana MalakhovaKAZ1-30:41.527:40.3 (32)58:27.6 (37)
4148Tatjana MannimaEST1-30:42.129:04.5 (50)1-00:05.1 (47)
4251Kateryna HryhorenkoUKR1-31:36.928:29.0 (43)58:59.0 (41)
4359Rebecca DussaultUSA1-31:43.328:22.1 (42)59:19.1 (44)
4460Viktoryia LopatinaBLR1-31:47.329:00.3 (48)1-00:16.9 (48)
4555Liu YuanyuanCHN1-32:00.928:50.4 (47)1-00:03.0 (46)
4656Huo LiCHN1-32:28.829:27.5 (54)1-00:41.3 (50)
4750Abby LarsonUSA1-32:51.929:04.1 (49)1-00:23.3 (49)
4834Nicole FesselGER1-34:06.228:21.5 (41)59:19.7 (45)
4954Kelime AydınTUR1-34:07.229:15.6 (51)1-01:17.4 (51)
5062Monika GyorgyROU1-35:25.429:19.4 (52)1-01:17.9 (52)
AC4Virpi KuitunenFIN27:01.9 (18)56:12.7 (22)DNF
AC32Antonella ConfortolaITA27:10.4 (21)56:55.6 (27)DNF
AC46Lee Chae-WonKOR29:57.1 (55)1-02:28.9 (53)DNF
AC57Man DandanCHN31:15.0 (57)1-05:40.8 (54)DNF
AC28Kati VenäläinenFIN28:35.4 (44)– (–)DNF
AC44Maja BenedičičSLO29:20.0 (53)– (–)DNF
AC49Kaili SirgeEST29:57.7 (56)– (–)DNF
AC58Lindsey WeierUSA31:19.6 (58)– (–)DNF
AC61Maryna MaletsUKR32:29.3 (59)– (–)DNF
AC24Lina AnderssonSWE– (–)– (–)DNF
AC35Irina TerentjevaLTU– (–)– (–)DNF
DNS45Milaine ThériaultCAN– (–)– (–)