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10 kilometres, Classical, Women

Date13 February 2014 — 14:00
StatusOlympic
LocationKompleks Dlya Sorevnovaniy Po Lyzhnym Gonkam i Biatlonu Laura, Mountain Cluster, Krasnaya Polyana
Participants75 from 38 countries
Venue detailsCourse Length: 9,947 m
Height Differential: 87 m
Intermediate 1: 2.2 km
Intermediate 1: 8.0 km
Maximum Climb: 56 m
Total Climbing: 358 m

Justyna Kowalczyk was another skier who recovered from a serious injury sustained shortly before the Games to finally win the gold medal in her favorite event. In spite of her love of this event none of her previous four Olympic medals had come in the 10 km classic, and her first appearance in Sochi in the skiathlon had been a major disappointment.

Starting at 30 second intervals, the early leader was Russia’s Nataliya Zhukova who would eventually finish seventh overall. The first competitor to beat this time was German Stefanie Böhler, whose eventual sixth place was a major achievement, after a malignant tumor was discovered in her thyroid gland in 2012, which required two operations for removal. Finland’s Aino-Kaisa Saarinen became the first skier to beat 29 minutes, but this time still did not get her into the medal ranks. Starting as 43rd runner, Kowalczyk dominated the event from the start. She led at the 2.2 km mark and at the 5 km point, increased her advantage to 9.1 sec over Norway’s Marit Bjørgen, who had dominated the 10 km together with Kowalczyk for the last four years. Bjørgen was still on the silver medal rank at the 8 km mark, now 19.1 seconds behind Kowalczyk. But the Norwegian had raced in the sprints and tired badly in the final two kilometres, finishing fifth. Justyna Kowalczyk completed the course 18.4 seconds ahead of Sweden’s defending Olympic champion Charlotte Kalla, to take the gold. The bronze medal eventually went to Therese Johaug of Norway, the 2013 world champion and World Cup leader.

By winning the gold medal, Kowalczyk became the most decorated Polish athlete in Olympic Winter Games history, beating the record of four medals that she shared with ski jumper Adam Małysz.

PosNrSkierNOCTimeInt 1 (Pos)Int 2 (Pos)
143Justyna KowalczykPOL28:17.85:20.0 (1)20:34.6 (1)Gold
240Charlotte KallaSWE28:36.25:30.3 (6)20:56.7 (3)Silver
346Therese JohaugNOR28:46.15:24.2 (3)21:01.4 (5)Bronze
437Aino-Kaisa SaarinenFIN28:48.15:31.0 (7)21:00.2 (4)
545Marit BjørgenNOR28:51.25:21.9 (2)20:54.5 (2)
631Stefanie BöhlerGER29:04.35:33.9 (=8)21:15.0 (6)
720Nataliya ZhukovaRUS29:15.55:36.4 (15)21:29.0 (9)
841Kerttu NiskanenFIN29:16.75:35.5 (=12)21:23.7 (7)
942Heidi WengNOR29:28.25:35.7 (14)21:25.0 (8)
1039Krista LähteenmäkiFIN29:36.05:41.4 (26)21:39.7 (12)
1123Emma WikénSWE29:38.95:39.7 (24)21:41.7 (13)
1228Olga KuzyukovaRUS29:41.95:35.5 (=12)21:50.9 (=15)
1336Anne KyllönenFIN29:52.85:24.8 (4)21:34.1 (10)
1435Masako IshidaJPN29:55.75:39.4 (=22)22:01.1 (22)
1530Sara LindborgSWE29:56.25:53.4 (43)21:56.7 (19)
1626Sadie BjornsenUSA29:59.75:36.6 (16)21:52.9 (17)
1744Astrid Uhrenholdt JacobsenNOR30:01.65:34.6 (11)21:56.0 (18)
1824Anna HaagSWE30:04.55:37.0 (17)21:50.9 (=15)
1934Eva VrabcováCZE30:06.75:37.4 (18)22:02.4 (23)
2027Katerina SmutnaAUT30:13.65:33.9 (=8)21:58.5 (20)
2125Nicole FesselGER30:27.05:30.0 (5)22:00.0 (21)
2221Valentyna ShevchenkoUKR30:33.05:46.1 (31)22:27.7 (28)
2333Katrin ZellerGER30:38.55:44.0 (30)22:15.8 (24)
2453Kornelia KubińskaPOL30:43.55:49.0 (36)22:27.2 (27)
2519Célia AymonierFRA30:45.85:40.9 (25)22:24.2 (25)
2614Laura OrguéESP30:48.05:48.2 (=34)22:47.4 (34)
2729Aurore JeanFRA31:01.05:38.1 (19)22:24.7 (26)
289Tetyana AntypenkoUKR31:06.95:49.2 (37)22:47.7 (35)
2913Sophie CaldwellUSA31:11.45:43.3 (29)22:35.8 (=29)
3017Alenka ČebašekSLO31:13.65:54.3 (45)22:55.7 (38)
3150Ida SargentUSA31:15.15:51.7 (40)22:50.8 (37)
3218Holly BrooksUSA31:19.15:42.4 (28)22:44.1 (33)
335Yelena KolominaKAZ31:20.15:52.1 (41)23:04.5 (41)
341Li HongxueCHN31:20.75:38.5 (=20)22:36.6 (31)
358Nathalie SchwarzAUT31:23.25:46.5 (32)23:06.4 (43)
3611Paulina MaciuszekPOL31:25.85:39.4 (=22)22:35.8 (=29)
3716Elisa BrocardITA31:28.05:49.5 (38)22:48.9 (36)
3815Barbara JezeršekSLO31:40.05:48.0 (33)23:23.9 (48)
3954Brittany WebsterCAN31:41.05:58.6 (49)23:20.7 (47)
4012Alena SannikovaBLR31:42.25:54.2 (44)23:04.1 (40)
4149Dasha GaiazovaCAN31:47.05:53.3 (42)23:10.1 (44)
4258Triin OjasteEST31:54.35:48.2 (=34)23:05.2 (42)
4369Anastasiya SlonovaKAZ31:56.66:00.7 (52)23:00.3 (39)
444Veronika MayerhoferAUT31:59.65:41.7 (27)23:20.0 (46)
4548Klára MoravcováCZE32:00.66:06.2 (55)23:34.6 (51)
4647Kateryna HryhorenkoUKR32:03.55:59.6 (50)23:19.6 (45)
473Alena ProcházkováSVK32:08.45:56.3 (47)23:36.5 (53)
4852Lee Chae-WonKOR32:16.96:08.1 (56)23:31.9 (50)
492Tatyana OsipovaKAZ32:20.16:02.4 (53)23:43.8 (54)
5055Man DandanCHN32:25.16:08.6 (57)23:35.7 (52)
5161Katja VišnarSLO32:47.05:51.0 (39)23:30.9 (49)
526Amanda AmmarCAN32:48.85:55.4 (46)23:53.0 (55)
5359Kelime Aydın-ÇetinkayaTUR32:58.06:16.7 (60)24:19.8 (58)
5451Heidi WidmerCAN33:01.96:11.7 (59)24:10.7 (56)
5510Maryna LisohorUKR33:35.45:59.7 (51)24:18.2 (57)
5656Vedrana MalecCRO33:42.36:16.8 (61)24:33.1 (59)
577Nika RazingerSLO33:54.16:03.0 (54)24:33.4 (60)
5868Esther BottomleyAUS34:30.16:24.1 (65)25:13.7 (62)
5962Timea SaraROU34:48.26:11.6 (58)25:13.2 (61)
6060Aimee WatsonAUS34:56.06:22.4 (63)25:41.0 (63)
6170Katya GalstyanARM35:26.46:35.5 (67)25:58.1 (64)
6266Inga DauškāneLAT36:13.16:28.2 (66)26:16.3 (65)
6357Posy MusgraveGBR36:18.56:17.7 (62)26:16.5 (66)
6464Ingrida ArdišauskaitėLTU36:52.16:35.6 (68)26:43.0 (67)
6567Mathilde Amivi PetitjeanTOG37:26.76:23.9 (64)27:04.6 (68)
6671Ágnes SimonHUN38:36.76:49.2 (69)28:10.6 (70)
6774Chinbatyn OtgontsetsegMGL38:43.16:54.4 (70)28:07.2 (69)
6873Alexandra CamenșcicMDA39:52.67:10.3 (71)29:21.6 (71)
6963Tanja KarišikBIH41:34.67:20.7 (72)30:28.0 (72)
7065Farzaneh Reza SoltaniIRI42:31.37:33.5 (73)31:13.8 (73)
7175Marija KolaroskaMKD44:46.08:08.7 (74)33:18.8 (74)
7272Ivana KovačevićSRB45:21.38:12.6 (75)33:20.9 (75)
AC32Yuliya IvanovaRUS29:59.45:34.0 (10)21:49.5 (14)DQ1
AC38Yuliya ChekalyovaRUS29:36.15:38.5 (=20)21:35.7 (11)DQ2
AC22Marina PillerITA31:07.65:56.8 (48)22:39.4 (32)DQ3
DNS76Angelica Morrone di SilvestriDMA– (–)– (–)