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4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women

Date18 February 2006 — 9:45
StatusOlympic
LocationStadio del Trampolino, Pragelato Plan
Participants68 from 17 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 5,000 m
Height Differential: 59 m
Maximum Climb: 54 m
Total Climbing: 188 m

The race was expected to be contested among Germany, Norway, and Russia, with Germany and Norway slightly favored. Norway had won the 2005 World Championships, while Germany won in 2003. Russia had been third in 2003 and second in 2005. Italy was also thought to have a shot at a medal, skiing on their home snow, after placing third at the Worlds in 2001 and 2005. But the opening leg was a shocker as the lead was taken by Japan, with Finland second, and Norway third, while Italy and Russia were back in seventh and ninth place, respectively. On the second leg, Japan dropped back to 10th place, and the leaders moved up, with Finland, Norway, Germany, and Italy in the first four places, in that order. Russia was still only eighth. Russia’s third leg was skied by Yuliya Chepalova, who posted the fastest leg of the event to move her team up to fourth, with the top five places at the anchor exchange as follows: Germany, Norway, Sweden, Russia, and Italy. The final leg was a surprise. Norway had Marit Bjørgen as their anchor, the dominant woman cross-country skier of the past five years, but she struggled and Norway fell out of the medals, finishing fifth. For Russia, Yevgeniya Medvedeva, bronze medalist in the pursuit in Torino, skiied the second fastest leg of the event and pulled Russia ahead to the gold medal. Germany placed second, while Italy’s Sabina Valbusa moved her team onto the podium.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeSplit (Pos)
12Russian FederationRUS54:47.7Gold
2-1Nataliya Baranova14:34.914:34.9 (9)
2-2Larisa Kurkina14:41.829:16.7 (8)
2-3Yuliya Chepalova12:41.241:57.9 (4)
2-4Yevgeniya Medvedeva12:49.854:47.7 (1)
24GermanyGER54:57.7Silver
4-1Stefanie Böhler14:33.914:33.9 (8)
4-2Viola Bauer14:19.528:53.4 (3)
4-3Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle12:50.641:44.0 (1)
4-4Claudia Nystad13:13.754:57.7 (2)
33ItalyITA54:58.7Bronze
3-1Arianna Follis14:32.014:32.0 (7)
3-2Gabriella Paruzzi14:26.128:58.1 (4)
3-3Antonella Confortola13:05.042:03.1 (5)
3-4Sabina Valbusa12:55.654:58.7 (3)
48SwedenSWE55:00.3
8-1Anna Dahlberg14:23.914:23.9 (4)
8-2Elin Ek14:38.629:02.5 (6)
8-3Britta Norgren12:55.041:57.5 (3)
8-4Anna-Karin Strömstedt13:02.855:00.3 (4)
51NorwayNOR55:21.8
1-1Kristin Størmer Steira14:23.514:23.5 (3)
1-2Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen14:29.328:52.8 (2)
1-3Kristin Mürer Stemland13:03.741:56.5 (2)
1-4Marit Bjørgen13:25.355:21.8 (5)
66Czech RepublicCZE55:46.3
6-1Helena Erbenová14:40.814:40.8 (10)
6-2Kamila Rajdlová15:03.029:43.8 (11)
6-3Iva Janečková13:16.643:00.4 (9)
6-4Kateřina Neumannová12:45.955:46.3 (6)
75FinlandFIN55:55.8
5-1Aino-Kaisa Saarinen14:21.114:21.1 (2)
5-2Virpi Kuitunen14:30.428:51.5 (1)
5-3Riitta-Liisa Roponen13:13.442:04.9 (6)
5-4Kati Venäläinen13:50.955:55.8 (7)
816UkraineUKR56:36.3
16-1Kateryna Hryhorenko14:56.514:56.5 (12)
16-2Tetyana Zavaliy15:01.829:58.3 (12)
16-3Vita Yakymchuk13:33.443:31.7 (11)
16-4Valentyna Shevchenko13:04.656:36.3 (8)
99FranceFRA56:41.4
9-1Aurélie Perrillat-Collomb14:27.914:27.9 (6)
9-2Karine Philippot14:31.228:59.1 (5)
9-3Cécile Storti13:22.142:21.2 (7)
9-4Émilie Vina14:20.256:41.4 (9)
1017CanadaCAN56:49.8
17-1Milaine Thériault15:09.615:09.6 (16)
17-2Sara Renner14:04.529:14.1 (7)
17-3Amanda Ammar14:31.543:45.6 (12)
17-4Beckie Scott13:04.256:49.8 (10)
1111SwitzerlandSUI56:52.4
11-1Seraina Mischol14:25.314:25.3 (5)
11-2Laurence Rochat15:03.429:28.7 (9)
11-3Natascia Leonardi Cortesi13:29.442:58.1 (8)
11-4Seraina Boner13:54.356:52.4 (11)
1212JapanJPN56:57.8
12-1Nobuko Fukuda14:20.014:20.0 (1)
12-2Masako Ishida15:22.829:42.8 (10)
12-3Sumiko Yokoyama13:18.843:01.6 (10)
12-4Madoka Natsumi13:56.256:57.8 (12)
137KazakhstanKAZ57:52.9
7-1Oksana Yatskaya15:02.615:02.6 (15)
7-2Yevgeniya Voloshenko15:52.330:54.9 (16)
7-3Yelena Kolomina13:41.844:36.7 (16)
7-4Svetlana Malakhova13:16.257:52.9 (13)
1415United StatesUSA57:58.4
15-1Wendy Wagner15:00.015:00.0 (14)
15-2Kikkan Randall15:28.530:28.5 (15)
15-3Sarah Konrad13:43.544:12.0 (14)
15-4Rebecca Dussault13:46.457:58.4 (14)
1510BelarusBLR58:19.5
10-1Alena Sannikova14:54.014:54.0 (11)
10-2Liudmila Karolik15:24.030:18.0 (14)
10-3Katsiaryna Rudakova-Bulavka14:09.944:27.9 (15)
10-4Volha Vasilionak13:51.658:19.5 (15)
1614People's Republic of ChinaCHN58:42.5
14-1Wang Chunli14:58.014:58.0 (13)
14-2Li Hongxue15:01.629:59.6 (13)
14-3Liu Yuanyuan13:47.543:47.1 (13)
14-4Song Bo14:55.458:42.5 (16)
1713EstoniaEST1-00:24.4
13-1Piret Pormeister15:46.715:46.7 (17)
13-2Silja Suija16:03.531:50.2 (17)
13-3Kaili Sirge14:12.646:02.8 (17)
13-4Tatjana Mannima14:21.61-00:24.4 (17)