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3,000 metres Relay, Women

Date22 February 1994
StatusOlympic
LocationOL-Amfi, Hamar
Participants33 from 8 countries
FormatPlacements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

The top three countries at the 1993 World Championships - Canada, China and South Korea - all made it through to the final. The fourth country in Beijing, North Korea, had elected not to send a team to Norway, leaving a spot for the American team, which then promptly made the final. The Canadians led the race from the early laps, followed by China, with a large gap over Korea and the US. With 10 on the lap counter, Christine Boudrias slipped away coming out of a turn, and crashed into the boards. This left China with a seemingly insurmountable lead.

But South Korea, which had sent a team of girls between 13 and 18 years old, shifted gears and pulled closer, catching up with China with five laps left. At three laps from the end, 13-year-old Kim Yun-Mi took over the lead, and the Koreans never let go. The Koreans finished 0.08 seconds outside the World Record to win the gold, making Kim Yun-Mi the youngest ever female Olympic gold medallist. China finished as second, while the Canadians had recovered quickly enough to stay ahead of the US. China’s joy over their silver medal lasted 45 minutes, when the referees announced the Chinese had been disqualified: One of the inactive Chinese skaters had caused a member of the American team to fall. The Canadians and Americans moved up one spot, earning the Americans a medal while they had not even been supposed to compete.

PosNrTeamNOCPointsBest Time
1Republic of KoreaKORGold
Jeon I-GyeongKim So-HuiKim Yun-MiWon Hye-GyeongKim Ryang-Hee (DNS)
2CanadaCANSilver
Christine BoudriasIsabelle CharestSylvie DaigleNathalie LambertAngela Cutrone (DNS)
3United StatesUSABronze
Amy PetersonCathy TurnerNikki ZiegelmeyerKaren CashmanShana Sundstrom (DNS)
4ItalyITA
Barbara BaldisseraMarinella CancliniKatia ColturiKatia MosconiMara Urbani
5Russian FederationRUS
Yekaterina MikhaylovaMarina PylayevaYelena TikhaninaViktoriya TroitskayaNataliya Isakova (DNS)
6NetherlandsNED
Penèlope di LellaPriscilla ErnstAnke Jannie LandmanEsmeralda OssendrijverSandy Hak (DNS)
7FranceFRA
Valérie BarizzaSandrine DaudetSandra DelegliseLaure DrouetKarine Nicouleau (DNS)
8People's Republic of ChinaCHN1DQ
Su XiaohuaWang XiulanYang Yang (S)Zhang YanmeiZhang Jing (DNS)

Semi-Finals (22 February 1994 — ca. 19:45)

Top two finishers in each heat advanced to final.

Heat One

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
1CanadaCAN4:26.945QOR
Christine BoudriasIsabelle CharestSylvie DaigleNathalie Lambert
2Republic of KoreaKOR4:27.153Q
Jeon I-GyeongKim So-HuiKim Yun-MiWon Hye-Gyeong
3Russian FederationRUS4:33.472QB
Yekaterina MikhaylovaMarina PylayevaYelena TikhaninaViktoriya Troitskaya
4ItalyITA4:45.181QB
Barbara BaldisseraMarinella CancliniKatia MosconiMara Urbani

Heat Two

PosLaneTeamNOCTimePoints
1People's Republic of ChinaCHN4:32.145Q
Su XiaohuaWang XiulanYang Yang (S)Zhang Yanmei
2United StatesUSA4:35.523Q
Amy PetersonCathy TurnerNikki ZiegelmeyerKaren Cashman
3NetherlandsNED4:45.562QB
Penèlope di LellaPriscilla ErnstAnke Jannie LandmanEsmeralda Ossendrijver
4FranceFRA4:55.241QB
Valérie BarizzaSandrine DaudetSandra DelegliseLaure Drouet

Final Round (22 February 1994 — ca. 21:45)

B Final (ca. 21:30)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
1ItalyITA4:34.46
Barbara BaldisseraMarinella CancliniKatia ColturiKatia Mosconi
2Russian FederationRUS4:34.60
Yekaterina MikhaylovaMarina PylayevaYelena TikhaninaViktoriya Troitskaya
3NetherlandsNED4:45.40
Penèlope di LellaPriscilla ErnstAnke Jannie LandmanEsmeralda Ossendrijver
4FranceFRA4:59.94
Valérie BarizzaSandrine DaudetSandra DelegliseLaure Drouet

A Final (ca. 21:45)

PosLaneTeamNOCTime
1Republic of KoreaKOR4:26.64OR
Jeon I-GyeongKim So-HuiKim Yun-MiWon Hye-Gyeong
2CanadaCAN4:32.04
Christine BoudriasIsabelle CharestSylvie DaigleNathalie Lambert
3United StatesUSA4:39.34
Amy PetersonCathy TurnerNikki ZiegelmeyerKaren Cashman
ACPeople's Republic of ChinaCHNDQ
Su XiaohuaWang XiulanYang Yang (S)Zhang Yanmei