| Event type

Team Sprint (Freestyle), Women

Date21 February 2018
LocationAlpensia Cross-Country Centre, Alpensia Resort, Mountain Cluster, Daegwallyeong
Participants42 from 21 countries
FormatTwo-woman teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.
DetailsCourse Length: 1,176 m
Height Differential: 27 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Total Climbing: 43 m

Based on the results of the individual sprint event a week earlier, Sweden and Norway had to be considered favorites for the team sprint. Norway’s team included Marit Bjørgen, the most successful female cross-country skier of all time, and Maiken Caspersen Falla, silver medalist in the individual sprint. The Swedish team consisted of skiathlon gold medalist Charlotte Kalla, and Stina Nilsson winner of the individual sprint. The Olympic Athletes from Russia and the United States team of Kikkan Randall und Jessie Diggins were considered potential bronze medalists. The first semi-final was dominated by Norway; Switzerland, Slovenia and Germany also advanced to the final. The second semi-final was hard-fought with the United States being the eventual winners beating Sweden into second, and another four teams - OAR, Finland, Poland and France – qualified as the fastest losers. In the final, Norway, Sweden, United States, and the Olympic Athletes from Russia dictated the first part of the race. Then, Diggins increased the pace and broke away together with Sweden and Norway. The Swiss and the Russians, after a fall and a broken ski pole, both lost contact.

The race was decided on the last of six 1.2 km legs, when Falla led the trio into the last descent. Falla, and the second-placed Nilsson, made physical contact and became unbalanced, but both managed to stay on their feet. Coming out of the descent, Nilsson looked like a sure winner, but an extremely strong Diggins passed Falla and closed the gap on Nilsson. Coming out of the slipstream, the American rose to the occasion and beat Nilsson by 0.2 seconds. Falla just made sure to secure the bronze medal for Norway. For America’s Kikkan Randall, it was the first Olympic medal in her fifth Olympics, and in her eighteenth Olympic race. Diggins finished among the top seven in all six women’s cross country events in 2018. Randall and Diggins, world champions in the team sprint in 2013, made history by being the first non-European team to win the women’s team sprint at the Olympics. Although, she missed the expected gold medal, Marit Bjørgen won her 14th Olympic medal, making her the most successful Winter Olympian, and with one more event still to come in PyeongChang. Switzerland and Finland finished fourth and fifth, but with a considerable gap of 18 and 20 seconds, respectively, behind third-placed Norway.

1Kikkan Randall / Jessie DigginsUSAGold
2Charlotte Kalla / Stina NilssonSWESilver
3Marit Bjørgen / Maiken Caspersen FallaNORBronze
4Nadine Fähndrich / Laurien van der GraaffSUI
5Mari Laukkanen / Krista PärmäkoskiFIN
6Alenka Čebašek / Anamarija LampičSLO
7Justyna Kowalczyk / Sylwia JaśkowiecPOL
8Aurore Jean / Coraline Thomas HugueFRA
9Nataliya Nepryayeva / Yuliya BelorukovaROC
10Nicole Fessel / Sandra RingwaldGER
11Kateřina Beroušková / Petra NovákováCZE
12Jessica Yeaton / Barbara JezeršekAUS
13Emily Nishikawa / Dahria BeattyCAN
14Lisa Unterweger / Teresa StadloberAUT
15Elisa Brocard / Gaia VuerichITA
16Yuliya Tsikhanava / Palina SeranosavaBLR
17Chi Chunxue / Li XinCHN
18Alena Procházková / Barbora KlementováSVK
19Tetyana Antypenko / Maryna AntsyborUKR
20Anna Shevchenko / Valeriya TyulenevaKAZ
21Lee Chae-Won / Ju Hye-RiKOR


Date21 February 2018 — 17:00
FormatFirst 3 teams in each heat plus the four fastest losers qualify for final.

Heat #1

PosNumberCompetitorsNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
1-1Marit Bjørgen 2:32.722:44.182:46.21
1-2Maiken Caspersen Falla 2:40.312:44.793:05.07
3-1Nadine Fähndrich 2:35.692:46.162:45.93
3-2Laurien van der Graaff 2:39.402:47.803:04.85
5-1Alenka Čebašek 2:34.702:45.032:46.08
5-2Anamarija Lampič 2:40.802:48.943:04.37
2-1Nicole Fessel 2:38.232:52.402:57.82
2-2Sandra Ringwald 2:37.552:43.403:02.27
56Czech RepublicCZE16:53.06
6-1Kateřina Beroušková 2:36.732:48.682:54.45
6-2Petra Nováková 2:41.212:47.883:04.11
9-1Jessica Yeaton 2:37.412:48.823:01.74
9-2Barbara Jezeršek 2:41.182:54.453:16.78
4-1Lisa Unterweger 2:40.123:02.553:10.19
4-2Teresa Stadlober 2:37.362:51.243:04.52
8-1Yuliya Tsikhanava 2:45.212:59.222:56.62
8-2Palina Seranosava 2:42.672:57.653:12.26
11-1Alena Procházková 2:38.522:50.313:03.89
11-2Barbora Klementová 2:42.673:07.673:29.08
7-1Anna Shevchenko 2:42.522:58.872:58.14
7-2Valeriya Tyuleneva 2:52.713:03.363:21.44
1110Republic of KoreaKOR19:19.17
10-1Lee Chae-Won 2:52.463:13.063:13.36
10-2Ju Hye-Ri 3:06.393:17.063:36.84

Heat #2

PosNumberCompetitorsNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
13United StatesUSA16:22.56Q
14-1Kikkan Randall 2:37.412:44.342:39.91
14-2Jessie Diggins 2:40.272:41.102:59.53
12-1Charlotte Kalla 2:37.052:44.862:39.10
12-2Stina Nilsson 2:42.902:39.432:59.94
34Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC16:24.63q
15-1Nataliya Nepryayeva 2:36.762:42.662:36.31
15-2Yuliya Belorukova-Stupak 2:42.282:44.673:01.95
13-1Mari Laukkanen-Eder 2:37.732:44.172:52.26
13-2Krista Lähteenmäki-Pärmäkoski 2:42.632:40.092:54.66
18-1Justyna Kowalczyk 2:39.052:42.032:44.98
18-2Sylwia Jaśkowiec 2:41.932:44.403:02.80
17-1Aurore Cuinet-Jéan 2:38.002:42.892:47.52
17-2Coraline Thomas Hugue 2:41.672:45.303:05.02
21-1Emily Nishikawa 2:38.622:45.772:58.41
21-2Dahria Beatty 2:41.282:43.023:14.44
16-1Elisa Brocard 2:39.402:44.352:46.65
16-2Gaia Vuerich 2:41.302:46.273:35.07
99People's Republic of ChinaCHN17:35.94
20-1Chi Chunxue 2:44.262:56.032:58.34
20-2Li Xin 2:44.632:56.483:16.20
19-1Tetiana Zavaliy-Antypenko 2:44.792:58.733:03.88
19-2Maryna Antsybor 2:42.102:56.083:18.46

Final Round

Date21 February 2018 — 19:00
PosNumberCompetitorsNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
11United StatesUSA15:56.47
14-1Kikkan Randall 2:32.972:38.902:43.31
14-2Jessie Diggins 2:40.072:30.622:50.60
12-1Charlotte Kalla 2:32.522:38.892:41.44
12-2Stina Nilsson 2:40.062:32.562:51.19
1-1Marit Bjørgen 2:32.042:38.352:41.85
1-2Maiken Caspersen Falla 2:40.802:32.082:54.32
3-1Nadine Fähndrich 2:34.122:38.892:43.61
3-2Laurien van der Graaff 2:39.832:39.653:01.69
13-1Mari Laukkanen-Eder 2:36.892:50.412:48.10
13-2Krista Lähteenmäki-Pärmäkoski 2:36.552:37.472:49.76
5-1Alenka Čebašek 2:34.562:40.132:48.59
5-2Anamarija Lampič 2:41.272:42.673:01.02
18-1Justyna Kowalczyk 2:35.722:43.112:49.65
18-2Sylwia Jaśkowiec 2:40.432:41.803:01.77
17-1Aurore Cuinet-Jéan 2:33.332:37.362:47.47
17-2Coraline Thomas Hugue 2:43.212:46.283:04.84
95Olympic Athletes from RussiaROC16:41.76
15-1Nataliya Nepryayeva 2:32.222:37.952:59.06
15-2Yuliya Belorukova-Stupak 2:43.332:45.653:03.55
2-1Nicole Fessel 2:39.112:49.383:06.70
2-2Sandra Ringwald 2:35.792:43.123:12.47