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Team Sprint, Freestyle, Women

Date22 February 2010
StatusOlympic
LocationWhistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Participants36 from 18 countries
FormatTwo-woman teams, each skiing three alternate legs of approximately 1,500 metres.
DetailsCourse Length: 1,430 m
Height Differential: 25 m
Maximum Climb: 25 m
Total Climbing: 44 m

Finland had won the World Championship in this event in 2007 and 2009, with two different teams, although Virpi Kuitunen was on both teams. But they entered a different team here, with 2007 champion Riitta-Liisa Roponen joined by Riikka Sarajosa. There were two semi-finals, with nine teams in each, the top three teams in each qualifying for the final, joined by the four teams with the next fastest four times. Finland made it to the final, but barely, placing sixth in heat one, and would never figure in the medal race in the final. In the final, Sweden took the early lead, led by Charlotte Kalla. After four legs, Sweden and Germany were virtually tied, with Russia another 1.2 seconds back, as the medals were decided. Kalla tried to make a break on the penultimate leg of the event, but by the final exchange the Russian team had caught up with her, followed closely by the Germans. German Claudia Nystad then tried to take a commanding lead in the final leg, but Anna Haag (SWE) closed the gap with the Russians falling back. With neither Nystad nor Haag able to make a decisive move, it was down to a sprint to the finishing line to determine the gold and silver medals. Coming into the home straight Nystad was the one who pulled away to win by 0.6 seconds from Haag. Russia skied comfortably to the bronze medal, with Italy almost seven seconds back in fourth.

PosTeamNOC
1Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle / Claudia NystadGERGold
2Charlotte Kalla / Anna HaagSWESilver
3Irina Khazova / Nataliya KorostelyovaRUSBronze
4Magda Genuin / Arianna FollisITA
5Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen / Celine Brun-LieNOR
6Caitlin Compton / Kikkan RandallUSA
7Dasha Gaiazova / Sara RennerCAN
8Riitta-Liisa Roponen / Riikka SarajosaFIN
9Karine Philippot / Laure BarthelemyFRA
10Katja Višnar / Vesna FabjanSLO
11Oksana Yatskaya / Yelena KolominaKAZ
12Nobuko Fukuda / Madoka NatsumiJPN
13Katsiaryna Rudakova-Bulavka / Volha VasilionakBLR
14Kateryna Hryhorenko / Maryna AntsyborUKR
15Triin Ojaste / Kaija UdrasEST
16Man Dandan / Li HongxueCHN
17Bettina Gruber / Silvana BucherSUI
DQKornelia Marek 1 / Sylwia JaśkowiecPOL

Semi-Finals (22 February 2010 — 10:45)

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

Heat 1 (10:45)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
16FranceFRA18:42.2Q
6-1Karine Philippot3:02.93:08.33:01.1
6-2Laure Barthelemy3:01.73:07.23:21.0
21ItalyITA18:43.0Q
1-1Magda Genuin3:02.53:08.93:07.9
1-2Arianna Follis3:01.83:06.23:15.7
33GermanyGER18:43.5Q
3-1Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle3:02.83:10.73:07.8
3-2Claudia Nystad3:01.93:04.33:16.0
44Russian FederationRUS18:48.0q
4-1Irina Khazova3:05.63:09.73:04.9
4-2Nataliya Korostelyova2:58.53:07.03:22.3
52FinlandFIN18:53.8q
2-1Riitta-Liisa Roponen3:02.63:08.63:05.8
2-2Riikka Sarajosa3:01.53:09.13:26.2
65JapanJPN19:51.7
5-1Nobuko Fukuda3:12.93:14.13:26.1
5-2Madoka Natsumi3:05.53:19.33:33.8
79UkraineUKR19:55.6
9-1Kateryna Hryhorenko3:21.53:21.63:20.6
9-2Maryna Antsybor3:06.13:18.33:27.5
87SwitzerlandSUI20:04.6
7-1Bettina Gruber3:13.93:29.83:37.6
7-2Silvana Bucher2:56.93:10.43:36.0
DQ8PolandPOL[18:44.1]Q
8-1Kornelia Marek3:05.53:09.13:05.9
8-2Sylwia Jaśkowiec3:03.33:04.23:16.1

Heat 2 (11:10)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
112SwedenSWE18:35.9Q
12-1Charlotte Kalla2:59.23:05.43:05.8
12-2Anna Haag3:01.03:03.43:21.1
211NorwayNOR18:47.2Q
11-1Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen3:01.73:06.53:08.7
11-2Celine Brun-Lie2:58.43:06.43:25.5
316United StatesUSA18:48.9Q
16-1Caitlin Compton3:05.03:09.53:14.0
16-2Kikkan Randall2:57.23:07.43:15.8
414CanadaCAN18:54.9q
14-1Dasha Gaiazova3:03.83:08.53:11.1
14-2Sara Renner2:57.83:09.03:24.7
510SloveniaSLO18:58.9
10-1Katja Višnar3:02.23:10.73:20.0
10-2Vesna Fabjan2:58.33:06.93:20.8
615KazakhstanKAZ19:33.6
15-1Oksana Yatskaya3:02.53:09.63:25.4
15-2Yelena Kolomina2:58.73:12.43:45.0
717BelarusBLR19:52.3
17-1Katsiaryna Rudakova-Bulavka3:08.03:20.53:28.7
17-2Volha Vasilionak3:02.53:16.53:36.1
813EstoniaEST20:02.2
13-1Triin Ojaste3:03.73:32.33:47.7
13-2Kaija Udras2:58.63:14.23:25.7
918People's Republic of ChinaCHN20:02.7
18-1Man Dandan3:07.43:30.03:36.4
18-2Li Hongxue3:05.73:15.73:27.5

Final Round (22 February 2010 — 13:00)

PosNrSkierNOCTimeLeg 1Leg 2Leg 3
13GermanyGER18:03.7
3-1Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle3:01.12:59.32:58.0
3-2Claudia Nystad2:55.83:00.13:09.4
212SwedenSWE18:04.3
12-1Charlotte Kalla2:58.52:59.52:57.9
12-2Anna Haag2:57.83:00.53:10.1
34Russian FederationRUS18:07.7
4-1Irina Khazova3:03.63:02.32:57.9
4-2Nataliya Korostelyova2:53.52:58.13:12.3
41ItalyITA18:14.2
1-1Magda Genuin3:00.73:02.63:01.8
1-2Arianna Follis2:55.62:57.83:15.7
511NorwayNOR18:32.8
11-1Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen3:06.43:02.33:07.1
11-2Celine Brun-Lie2:55.63:00.13:21.3
616United StatesUSA18:51.6
16-1Caitlin Compton3:07.53:08.63:12.2
16-2Kikkan Randall3:01.73:06.73:14.9
714CanadaCAN18:51.8
14-1Dasha Gaiazova3:03.53:06.43:13.3
14-2Sara Renner2:57.53:09.43:21.7
82FinlandFIN18:56.6
2-1Riitta-Liisa Roponen3:00.92:59.73:10.4
2-2Riikka Sarajosa2:57.93:09.73:38.0
96FranceFRA19:04.2
6-1Karine Philippot3:08.13:08.33:07.8
6-2Laure Barthelemy3:01.83:12.73:25.5
DQ8PolandPOL[18:59.1]
8-1Kornelia Marek3:07.13:10.63:08.6
8-2Sylwia Jaśkowiec3:03.73:09.03:20.1