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Team Sprint (Classical), Women

Date14 February 2006
LocationStadio del Trampolino, Pragelato Plan
Participants32 from 16 countries
FormatTwo-woman teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.
DetailsCourse Length: 1,145 m
Height Differential: 16 m
Maximum Climb: 16 m
Total Climbing: 37 m

This event had débuted at the World Championships only in 2005, and was making its first Olympic appearance in Torino. The Olympic format consisted of teams of two skiers, skiing six legs of about 1,500 metres. In theory a skier could ski between three to six legs, but in reality, all teams alternated legs, with each sprinter skiing three legs. The event consists of a semi-final round advancing teams to a final of 10 teams. At Torino the event was skied classically, while in Oberstdorf, at the 2005 Worlds, it had been a freestyle event. The medalists in 2005 had been Norway, Finland, and Russia, in that order. On the opening leg, Canada’s Sara Renner snapped a pole and was handed a new one by Norwegian coach Bjørnar Håkensmoen. She was able to maintain contact on her leg, and Beckie Scott briefly took the leg for Canada. Eventually they were passed by Sweden, who won the gold medal, with Canada getting silver.

Finland won bronze as Norway was shut out of the medals. Many Norwegians were upset by Håkensmoen’s selfless act, which may have cost his team a medal, but Canada responded by sending numerous letters and thank-you notes to the Norwegian Embassy. Renner gave Håkensmoen a bottle of wine to thank him, but a Canadian businessman, Michael Page, donated 8,000 cans of Canadian maple syrup to the Norwegian Olympic Committee to express his gratitude.

1Anna Dahlberg / Lina AnderssonSWEGold
2Sara Renner / Beckie ScottCANSilver
3Aino-Kaisa Saarinen / Virpi KuitunenFINBronze
4Ella Gjømle / Marit BjørgenNOR
5Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle / Viola BauerGER
6Olga Rocheva / Alyona SidkoRUS
7Arianna Follis / Gabriella ParuzziITA
8Madoka Natsumi / Nobuko FukudaJPN
9Oksana Yatskaya / Yelena KolominaKAZ
10Wendy Wagner / Kikkan RandallUSA
11Aurélie Perrillat-Collomb / Élodie Bourgeois-PinFRA
12Helena Erbenová / Kamila RajdlováCZE
13Wang Chunli / Jiang ChunliCHN
14Maja Benedičič / Vesna FabjanSLO
15Piret Pormeister / Kaili SirgeEST
16Tetyana Zavaliy / Maryna MaletsUKR


Date14 February 2006 — 10:00
FormatFirst 5 teams in each heat qualify for final.

Heat #1

PosNumberCompetitorsNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
1-1Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 2:17.62:54.73:00.7
1-2Virpi Kuitunen 2:53.02:54.93:15.9
2-1Sara Renner 2:17.22:54.92:59.7
2-2Beckie Scott 2:53.02:56.43:18.1
4-1Arianna Follis 2:17.92:58.83:06.8
4-2Gabriella Paruzzi 2:53.22:55.73:20.2
3-1Madoka Natsumi 2:19.42:59.83:06.3
3-2Nobuko Fukuda 2:51.82:55.03:20.8
6-1Oksana Yatskaya 2:21.22:57.43:05.0
6-2Yelena Kolomina 2:51.32:56.73:24.7
5-1Élodie Bourgeois-Pin 2:20.02:57.43:09.7
5-2Aurélie Perrillat-Collomb Storti 2:53.12:59.73:34.6
7-1Vesna Fabjan 2:21.33:16.33:22.1
7-2Maja Benedičič 3:06.23:14.43:39.2
8-1Maryna Malets-Lisohor 2:28.13:23.63:34.6
8-2Tetiana Zavaliy-Antypenko 3:04.13:10.93:32.8

Heat #2

PosNumberCompetitorsNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
10-1Ella Gjømle 2:20.12:56.62:59.5
10-2Marit Bjørgen 2:53.42:51.53:13.3
212Russian FederationRUS17:32.1Q
12-1Olga Rocheva 2:20.72:55.63:01.8
12-2Alyona Sidko 2:53.52:53.53:27.0
9-1Anna Dahlberg-Olsson 2:20.52:57.13:05.5
9-2Lina Andersson 2:53.22:56.43:20.8
11-1Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle 2:20.32:55.53:04.2
11-2Viola Bauer 2:54.32:56.73:23.7
514United StatesUSA17:51.4Q
14-1Wendy Wagner 2:20.42:57.43:03.1
14-2Kikkan Randall 2:53.73:04.63:32.2
615Czech RepublicCZE18:11.6
15-1Helena Balatková-Erbenová 2:22.73:05.13:11.3
15-2Kamila Rajdlová 3:01.43:05.93:25.2
716People's Republic of ChinaCHN18:18.4
16-1Wang Chunli 2:23.43:04.43:07.6
16-2Jiang Chunli 2:56.93:14.23:31.9
13-1Piret Pormeister 2:22.13:12.13:34.5
13-2Kaili Sirge 3:03.63:16.03:45.3

Final Round

Date14 February 2006 — 11:20
PosNumberCompetitorsNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
9-1Anna Dahlberg-Olsson 2:14.62:50.92:53.8
9-2Lina Andersson 2:47.82:48.93:00.9
2-1Sara Renner 2:13.92:53.82:54.5
2-2Beckie Scott 2:47.82:45.73:01.8
1-1Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 2:14.22:49.92:53.4
1-2Virpi Kuitunen 2:48.92:49.33:03.5
10-1Ella Gjømle 2:15.52:51.72:57.8
10-2Marit Bjørgen 2:46.42:48.03:08.7
11-1Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle 2:16.02:49.22:55.5
11-2Viola Bauer 2:50.82:54.93:17.1
612Russian FederationRUS17:08.5
12-1Olga Rocheva 2:17.32:54.63:02.4
12-2Alyona Sidko 2:46.82:52.13:15.3
4-1Arianna Follis 2:17.42:55.63:03.4
4-2Gabriella Paruzzi 2:53.92:57.63:16.9
3-1Madoka Natsumi 2:19.52:58.33:02.8
3-2Nobuko Fukuda 2:48.12:59.63:19.3
6-1Oksana Yatskaya 2:19.52:57.33:08.4
6-2Yelena Kolomina 2:51.93:01.83:23.9
1014United StatesUSA18:04.9
14-1Wendy Wagner 2:18.83:00.83:06.0
14-2Kikkan Randall 2:57.03:11.03:31.3