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Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women

Date21 – 22 February 2014
LocationAdler-Arena, Coastal Cluster, Adler
Participants30 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination event.
Olympic Record 3:01.24 / Kristina GrovesCindy KlassenChristine Nesbitt CAN / 15 February 2006
StarterTrond RatdalNOR
RefereeDaniel CabelducSWE

In both 2006 and 2010, Germany had won the team pursuit. But in 2014, Germany was not at the start, having failed to qualify their team at the World Cup races earlier in the season. The clear favorites were the Dutch women. Their four team members had placed 1-2-3-4 at the 1,500 m earlier in the Games, and the Dutch were also the 2012 and 2013 World Champions. Poland and Korea had medalled at the 2013 Sochi Worlds, but Japan and Canada had also medalled at recent World Cups, while host nation Russia was considered a serious contender as well.

The home team needed to overcome Canada in the quarter-finals, which they only managed in the final laps, as Christine Nesbitt faded on the Canadian side. The other three races weren’t so close, Poland dismissing Norway, Japan beating Korea and the Netherlands breaking the Olympic Record against the United States. Like Poland in the men’s event, the Japanese women didn’t put up an effort against the Dutch in the semi-finals, but the Dutch didn’t seem to care, bettering their own Olympic Record. The other semi-final saw Poland solidly beat Russia, leading the host nation from start to finish. Poland, which had won a surprise bronze in 2010, seemed content with silver, and didn’t really press the Dutch, who recorded their third Olympic record of the competition with 2:58.05. The bronze medal race was more exciting, with Japan taking an early lead. The Russians gained steam halfway through, and eventually won the bronze by a clear margin.

Ireen Wüst’s second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics made her the athlete with the highest number of medals in Sochi (5). She brought her all-time Olympic medal totals to 4 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze - a record for any Dutch Olympian.

Marrit LeenstraJorien ter MorsIreen WüstLotte van Beek
Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśKatarzyna WoźniakLuiza ZłotkowskaNatalia Czerwonka
3Russian FederationRUSBronze
Olga GrafYekaterina LobyshevaYuliya SkokovaYekaterina Shikhova
Misaki OshigiriMaki TabataNana TakagiAyaka Kikuchi
Ivanie BlondinKali ChristBrittany SchusslerChristine Nesbitt
6United StatesUSA
Brittany BoweHeather RichardsonJilleanne RookardKelly Gunther (DNS)
Hege BøkkoCamilla FarestveitIda NjåtunMari Hemmer
8Republic of KoreaKOR
Kim Bo-ReumNo Seon-YeongYang Sin-YeongKim Hyeon-Yeong (DNS)


Date21 February 2014 — 18:19
FormatWinner of each heat advance to semi-finals.
Match #121 Feb 18:19Russian FederationRUS3:01.53 – 3:02.06CanadaCANQ
Match #221 Feb 18:26PolandPOL3:02.12 – 3:05.13NorwayNORQ
Match #321 Feb 18:32JapanJPN3:03.99 – 3:05.28Republic of KoreaKORQ
Match #421 Feb 18:38NetherlandsNED2:58.61 – 3:02.21United StatesUSAQOR


Date22 February 2014 — 17:30
FormatWinner of each heat advance to final A.
Match #122 Feb 17:30PolandPOL3:00.60 – 3:02.09Russian FederationRUSQ
Match #222 Feb 17:36NetherlandsNED2:58.43 – 3:10.19JapanJPNQOR

Final Round

Date22 February 2014 — 18:14
Final D22 Feb 18:14NorwayNOR3:08.35 – 3:11.54Republic of KoreaKOR
Final C22 Feb 18:20CanadaCAN3:02.04 – 3:03.77United StatesUSA
Final B22 Feb 19:16Russian FederationRUS2:59.73 – 3:02.57JapanJPN
Final A22 Feb 19:21NetherlandsNED2:58.05 – 3:05.55PolandPOLOR