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Team Sprint, Classical, Men

Date19 February 2014
StatusOlympic
LocationKompleks Dlya Sorevnovaniy Po Lyzhnym Gonkam i Biatlonu Laura, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants44 from 22 countries
FormatTwo-man teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.
Venue detailsCourse Length: 1800 m
Height Differential: 35 m
Maximum Climb: 32 m
Total Climbing: 62 m

The two semi-finals saw all the favored teams advance to the final with Finland the fastest, while Norway barely made the final as the slowest of the “lucky losers”. A strong German team consisting of Hannes Dotzler and Tim Tscharnke won the other semi-final.

For most of the final it looked as if Finland would be the only Nordic country able to medal. On the final leg, Germany was marginally ahead of Finland with Russia close behind, racing abreast up the final hill and down towards the final turn and into the stadium. It looked as if the leading group of Tscharnke, Finland’s Sami Jauhojärvi and Russia’s Maksim Vylegzhanin would be fighting for the medals, when Jauhojärvi, just ahead of Tscharnke, moved to the inside, colliding with the German, and Tscharnke fell, almost bringing down Vylegzhanin. Jauhojärvi opened up a small lead which he maintained to the end of the race, finishing just under a second ahead of the fast finishing Russian. Tscharnke was unable to recover quickly enough and eventually finished seventh. Finland had to withstand an appeal from Germany before Iivo Niskanen and Jauhojärvi could enjoy their victory. Sweden benefitted from the accident, taking bronze.

In May 2016 WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) commissioned a report, the McLaren Report, to look into allegations of systematic Russian doping and a cover-up to avoid positives at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The report was released in two parts, in July and December 2016, and confirmed the allegations. In 2017 the IOC formed a commission to investigate this, headed by IOC Member Denis Oswald, and usually referred to as the Oswald Commission. In late October 2017 the Oswald Commission began to release its findings. On 9 November 2017, one of the silver medalists in this event, Russian Maksim Vylegzhanin, was implicated by the Oswald Commission and he and his teammate, Nikita Kryukov were disqualified, losing their silver medal. About 10 days before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics began, the CAS reached a decision, stating that Veglyzhanin’s guilt could not be proven, and he and Kryukov had their medal restored.

PosTeamNOC
1Iivo Niskanen / Sami JauhojärviFINGold
2Maksim Vylegzhanin / Nikita KryukovRUSDQSilver1
3Emil Jönsson / Teodor PetersonSWEBronze
4Ola Vigen Hattestad / Petter NorthugNOR
5Dario Cologna / Gianluca ColognaSUI
6Simi Hamilton / Erik BjornsenUSA
7Hannes Dotzler / Tim TscharnkeGER
8Nikolay Chebotko / Aleksey PoltoraninKAZ
9Martin Jakš / Aleš RazýmCZE
10Cyril Miranda / Jean-Marc GaillardFRA
11Federico Pellegrino / Dietmar NöcklerITA
12Devon Kershaw / Alex HarveyCAN
13Hiroyuki Miyazawa / Yuichi OndaJPN
14Peeter Kümmel / Raido RänkelEST
15Maciej Kreczmer / Maciej StaręgaPOL
16Harald Wurm / Max HaukeAUT
17Peter Mlynár / Martin BajčičákSVK
18Daniel Pripici / Paul PepeneROU
19Andrey Gridin / Veselin TsinzovBUL
20Ruslan Perekhoda / Oleksiy KrasovskiyUKR
21Phil Bellingham / Callum WatsonAUS
ACAndrew Young / Andrew MusgraveGBRDNF
DNSSun Qinghai / Xu WenlongCHN

Semi-Finals (19 February 2014 — 14:05)

First 3 teams in each heat plus the four fastest losers qualify for final.

Heat 1 (14:05)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
12GermanyGER23:36.23Q
2-1Hannes Dotzler3:55.283:50.263:45.73
2-2Tim Tscharnke3:52.613:54.124:18.23
26Czech RepublicCZE23:39.06Q
6-1Martin Jakš3:56.263:48.733:52.61
6-2Aleš Razým3:54.363:54.674:12.43
35SwitzerlandSUI23:42.31Q
5-1Dario Cologna3:53.643:48.523:51.51
5-2Gianluca Cologna3:55.673:54.884:18.09
41NorwayNOR23:43.63Q
1-1Ola Vigen Hattestad3:54.953:50.264:00.24
1-2Petter Northug3:53.273:54.784:10.13
53ItalyITA23:58.12
3-1Federico Pellegrino3:55.723:50.494:10.95
3-2Dietmar Nöckler3:52.713:53.354:14.90
64CanadaCAN24:20.37
4-1Devon Kershaw3:56.053:55.294:16.09
4-2Alex Harvey3:52.823:53.684:26.44
79EstoniaEST24:26.49
9-1Peeter Kümmel3:57.583:53.874:30.50
9-2Raido Ränkel3:51.733:54.334:18.48
87AustriaAUT25:01.23
7-1Harald Wurm3:54.743:59.224:48.41
7-2Max Hauke3:55.223:49.324:34.32
910RomaniaROU26:06.80
10-1Daniel Pripici3:59.104:21.495:00.07
10-2Paul Pepene3:49.664:16.414:40.07
AC8Great BritainGBRDNF
8-1Andrew Young3:57.03
8-2Andrew Musgrave3:53.04
DNS8People's Republic of ChinaCHN
8-1Sun Qinghai (DNS)
8-2Xu Wenlong (DNS)

Heat 2 (14:40)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
116FinlandFIN23:26.13Q
16-1Iivo Niskanen3:51.173:57.303:44.86
16-2Sami Jauhojärvi3:52.853:51.174:08.78
213Russian FederationRUS23:26.91Q
13-1Maksim Vylegzhanin3:53.133:57.203:43.76
13-2Nikita Kryukov3:51.873:50.844:10.11
315SwedenSWE23:28.22Q
15-1Emil Jönsson3:51.603:56.653:43.76
15-2Teodor Peterson3:52.423:52.044:11.75
314KazakhstanKAZ23:28.50Q
14-1Nikolay Chebotko3:51.933:56.433:47.81
14-2Aleksey Poltoranin3:53.513:51.604:07.22
417United StatesUSA23:29.14q
17-1Simi Hamilton3:52.263:55.553:44.63
17-2Erik Bjornsen3:53.733:52.814:10.16
512FranceFRA23:41.79q
12-1Cyril Miranda3:54.333:56.103:55.33
12-2Jean-Marc Gaillard3:53.403:50.964:11.67
619JapanJPN23:49.91
19-1Hiroyuki Miyazawa3:55.973:56.103:57.63
19-2Yuichi Onda3:50.783:52.264:17.17
718PolandPOL23:53.09
18-1Maciej Kreczmer3:54.113:54.573:52.82
18-2Maciej Staręga3:52.313:54.894:24.39
820SlovakiaSVK24:58.06
20-1Peter Mlynár3:53.793:54.684:21.11
20-2Martin Bajčičák3:55.694:04.284:48.51
921BulgariaBUL25:11.06
21-1Andrey Gridin3:55.534:20.784:22.97
21-2Veselin Tsinzov3:51.774:08.534:31.48
1023UkraineUKR25:31.13
23-1Ruslan Perekhoda3:56.734:13.254:40.98
23-2Oleksiy Krasovskiy3:52.534:06.024:41.62
1122AustraliaAUS25:54.31
22-1Phil Bellingham4:00.654:20.574:25.69
22-2Callum Watson3:59.314:17.054:51.04

Final Round (19 February 2014 — 16:15)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
116FinlandFIN23:14.89
16-1Iivo Niskanen3:49.603:55.793:40.66
16-2Sami Jauhojärvi3:55.973:51.564:01.31
213Russian FederationRUS23:15.86
13-1Maksim Vylegzhanin3:48.843:55.253:41.53
13-2Nikita Kryukov3:56.953:51.454:01.84
315SwedenSWE23:30.01
15-1Emil Jönsson3:49.273:56.773:44.70
15-2Teodor Peterson3:54.563:52.874:11.84
41NorwayNOR23:33.55
1-1Ola Vigen Hattestad3:52.883:58.963:48.52
1-2Petter Northug3:50.073:53.314:09.81
55SwitzerlandSUI23:35.90
5-1Dario Cologna3:50.473:55.243:40.98
5-2Gianluca Cologna3:56.313:52.874:20.03
617United StatesUSA23:49.95
17-1Simi Hamilton3:51.673:55.463:55.39
17-2Erik Bjornsen3:56.203:53.424:17.81
72GermanyGER23:57.02
2-1Hannes Dotzler3:50.043:54.373:39.34
2-2Tim Tscharnke3:56.413:52.874:43.99
814KazakhstanKAZ24:01.38
14-1Nikolay Chebotko3:52.223:56.554:13.53
14-2Aleksey Poltoranin3:54.673:50.904:13.51
96Czech RepublicCZE24:01.83
6-1Martin Jakš3:52.553:53.493:57.58
6-2Aleš Razým3:56.524:05.004:16.69
DNS12FranceFRA
12-1Cyril Miranda (DNS)
12-2Jean-Marc Gaillard (DNS)