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4 × 6 kilometres Relay, Women

Date21 February 2014 — 18:30
StatusOlympic
LocationKompleks Dlya Sorevnovaniy Po Lyzhnym Gonkam i Biatlonu Laura, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants68 from 17 countries
FormatEight shots for each group of five targets. Penalty loop (150 metres) skied for each missed target.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 5,995 m
Height Differential: 29 m
Maximum Climb: 28 m
Shooting 1: Prone at 1.992 km, 50 m range
Shooting 2: Standing at 3.943 km, 50 m range
Total Climbing: 177 m

The two favorites were Russia and Norway, with Germany also considered medal contenders. The Ukraine had won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships, but was only thought to have a shot at bronze. But improbably the Ukraine came through for the gold medal in a stirring victory. It came shortly after civil unrest in Kyiv had rocked the political world, and IOC President Thomas Bach and Ukrainian IOC Member Sergey Bubka had both called for a halt to violence in the country.

Ukraine took the lead on the second leg as Yuliya Dzhyma shot cleanly to move ahead. She handed Valj Semerenko a 12.1 second lead, which she increased to 28.4 seconds, as anchor skiier Olena Pidhrushna took over. Pidhrushna brought Ukraine home in first, with Russia winning the silver medal (but see below) and Norway the bronze. Ukraine’s victory was a true team effort, as none of their skiiers had the best or second-best performance on any leg, but all of them were either third or fourth for the legs, showing the most consistency of any team.

Germany had a disastrous performance, finishing 11th, as opening skiier Franziska Preuß broke a ski pole, and then after falling, had to clean her rifle before shooting, which had become clogged with snow during the fall. This cost her almost 3 minutes, and she was only 16th after her leg, and the Germans could never make up the time.

The results were altered after the Oswald Commission and the McLaren Report came out in December 2016. Initially, three of the Russian skiiers were disqualified - Yana Romanova, Olga Zaytseva, and Olga Vilukhina - disqualifying the entire team. However, Romanova and Vilukhina were reinstated after appeals, but Zaytseva remained disqualified as did the team. This would seem to move Norway up to a silver medal with the bronze medal being re-allocated to the Czech Republic; however, as of February 2021, the case is still in appeal at the Tribunal Fédéral of Switzerland, so no final decision on medal re-allocation has yet been made.

PosNrTeamNOCTimeMisses
(Extra Shots)
Split (Pos)
12UkraineUKR1-10:02.50 (5)Gold
2-1Vita Semerenko16:56.40 (1)16:56.4 (3)
2-2Yuliya Dzhima17:16.30 (0)34:12.7 (1)
2-3Valj Semerenko17:40.90 (3)51:53.6 (1)
2-4Olena Pidhrushna18:08.90 (1)1-10:02.5 (1)
24NorwayNOR1-10:40.10 (5)Bronze
4-1Fanny Horn17:40.50 (3)17:40.5 (9)
4-2Tiril Eckhoff16:57.90 (1)34:38.4 (3)
4-3Ann Kristin Flatland17:43.60 (0)52:22.0 (2)
4-4Tora Berger18:18.10 (1)1-10:40.1 (3)
310Czech RepublicCZE1-11:25.70 (14)
10-1Eva Puskarčíková17:54.20 (4)17:54.2 (11)
10-2Gabriela Soukalová16:30.60 (2)34:24.8 (2)
10-3Jitka Landová18:42.40 (5)53:07.2 (6)
10-4Veronika Vítková18:18.50 (3)1-11:25.7 (4)
46BelarusBLR1-11:33.41 (8)
6-1Liudmila Kalinchyk18:39.01 (5)18:39.0 (13)
6-2Nadzeya Skardsina17:38.30 (1)36:17.3 (10)
6-3Nadzeya Pisarava18:02.10 (2)54:19.4 (10)
6-4Daria Domrachava17:14.00 (0)1-11:33.4 (5)
58ItalyITA1-11:43.31 (9)
8-1Dorothea Wierer16:49.70 (3)16:49.7 (1)
8-2Nicole Gontier18:46.01 (6)35:35.7 (8)
8-3Michela Ponza18:06.50 (0)53:42.2 (8)
8-4Karin Oberhofer18:01.10 (0)1-11:43.3 (6)
614United StatesUSA1-12:14.20 (13)
14-1Susan Dunklee17:02.60 (3)17:02.6 (4)
14-2Hannah Dreissigacker18:08.30 (6)35:10.9 (6)
14-3Sara Studebaker17:55.60 (0)53:06.5 (5)
14-4Annelies Cook19:07.70 (4)1-12:14.2 (7)
77CanadaCAN1-12:21.52 (12)
7-1Rosanna Crawford17:20.70 (3)17:20.7 (6)
7-2Megan Imrie17:41.70 (4)35:02.4 (5)
7-3Megan Heinicke17:38.10 (0)52:40.5 (4)
7-4Zina Kocher19:41.02 (5)1-12:21.5 (8)
812SwitzerlandSUI1-12:34.30 (9)
12-1Selina Gasparin17:17.60 (4)17:17.6 (5)
12-2Elisa Gasparin17:55.80 (1)35:13.4 (7)
12-3Aita Gasparin17:56.10 (1)53:09.5 (7)
12-4Irène Cadurisch19:24.80 (3)1-12:34.3 (9)
911PolandPOL1-12:34.44 (8)
11-1Krystyna Pałka19:39.04 (4)19:39.0 (15)
11-2Magdalena Gwizdoń17:06.80 (1)36:45.8 (12)
11-3Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak17:21.70 (2)54:07.5 (9)
11-4Monika Hojnisz18:26.90 (1)1-12:34.4 (10)
101GermanyGER1-13:44.20 (6)
1-1Franziska Preuß19:46.70 (4)19:46.7 (16)
1-2Andrea Henkel17:25.10 (1)37:11.8 (14)
1-3Franziska Hildebrand17:59.40 (1)55:11.2 (12)
1-4Laura Dahlmeier18:33.00 (0)1-13:44.2 (11)
1113KazakhstanKAZ1-15:54.70 (13)
13-1Galina Vishnevskaya17:36.60 (2)17:36.6 (8)
13-2Yelena Khrustalyova18:35.50 (4)36:12.1 (9)
13-3Darya Usanova18:17.40 (2)54:29.5 (11)
13-4Marina Lebedeva21:25.20 (5)1-15:54.7 (12)
AC17JapanJPN0 (11)DNFlapped
17-1Fuyuko Suzuki17:33.20 (1)17:33.2 (7)
17-2Yuki Nakajima18:47.00 (4)36:20.2 (11)
17-3Miki Kobayashi19:23.30 (2)55:43.5 (13)
17-4Rina Suzuki0 (4)– (–)
AC9SlovakiaSVK5 (19)DNFlapped
9-1Janka Gereková17:51.31 (5)17:51.3 (10)
9-2Paulína Fialková18:57.71 (5)36:49.0 (13)
9-3Terézia Poliaková19:48.03 (3)56:37.0 (15)
9-4Martina Chrapánová0 (6)– (–)
AC16People's Republic of ChinaCHN0 (11)DNFlapped
16-1Song Chaoqing18:40.20 (3)18:40.2 (14)
16-2Zhang Yan18:41.10 (2)37:21.3 (16)
16-3Tang Jialin18:40.00 (1)56:01.3 (14)
16-4Sung Na0 (5)– (–)
AC15EstoniaEST1 (13)DNFlapped
15-1Kadri Lehtla18:03.80 (3)18:03.8 (12)
15-2Grete Gaim19:14.80 (2)37:18.6 (15)
15-3Darja Jurlova19:58.11 (5)57:16.7 (16)
15-4Johanna Talihärm0 (3)– (–)
AC5FranceFRA0 (0)DNF
5-1Marie-Laure Brunet0 (0)– (–)
5-2Marie Dorin-Habert– (–)– (–)
5-3Anaïs Chevalier– (–)– (–)
5-4Anaïs Bescond– (–)– (–)
AC3Russian FederationRUS1-10:28.90 (4)DQ1
3-1Yana Romanova16:56.30 (1)[16:56.3] ([2])2
3-2Olga Zaytseva17:43.20 (2)[34:39.5] ([4])3
3-3Yekaterina Shumilova17:43.30 (0)52:22.8 (3)
3-4Olga Vilukhina18:06.10 (1)[1-10:28.9] ([2])4