| Event type

Team Pursuit (6 laps), Women

Date26 – 27 February 2010
LocationRichmond Olympic Oval, Richmond
Participants28 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination event.
Olympic Record 3:01.24 / Canada CAN / 15 February 2006
StarterGarth LinderUSA
RefereeJan AugustinusNED

Canada was the team to beat in this competition. The reigning World Champions, they had a strong showing in the pre-season, winning two of the three World Cup races, while placing second to Russian in the third. Not only did the Canadians have several star skaters, they had also trained exhaustively for the event, still relatively new. But the competition delivered surprise after surprise.

First, the strong Russian team suffered a shock quarter-final defeat at the hands of Poland, after one of the Russians fell behind in the later stages of the race. Then, it was the unheralded Americans who silenced the Canadian crowd by beating the favorites. Canada had been leading with ease, but had not paid attention to the splits of their opponents, and had failed to accelerate.

The second semi-final provided even more excitement. Defending champion Germany was facing the Americans, and they had a solid lead for most of the race. But their star skater, Anni Friesinger, who had almost been left out of the team due to poor shape caused by injury, struggled in the final lap. While trying to close the gap with ther team mates, Friesinger fell in sight of the finish line. With swimming motions and by turning her skates towards the line, the Germans nevertheless managed to finish ahead of the Americans.

In the final, Germany faced Japan, which had reached the final with relative ease. The Japanese opened up a large lead over the Germans, who raced without Friesinger. But the three Asians totally collapsed in the final lap, resulting in a photo finish. Germany came out the winners, with just 0.02 separating gold and silver. The bronze medal race was also remarkable. The Americans brought in Catherine Raney-Norman, which eventually cost them the bronze. She couldn’t follow the pace of the Americans, who were leading up to that point. The Polish team, of which even the best skater (Katarzyna Bachleda-Curuś) rarely featured in the top-10 of international competitions, thus won a completely unexpected bronze medal. It was the first bronze medal since 1960, when Poland had claimed two medals in the sport’s début for women.

Daniela Anschütz-ThomsStephanie BeckertAnni Friesinger-PostmaKatrin Mattscherodt
Masako HozumiNao KodairaMaki TabataMiho Takagi (DNS)
Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśKatarzyna WoźniakLuiza ZłotkowskaNatalia Czerwonka (DNS)
4United StatesUSA
Catherine Raney NormanJennifer RodriguezJilleanne RookardNancy Swider-Peltz, Jr.
Kristina GrovesChristine NesbittBrittany SchusslerCindy Klassen (DNS)
Renate GroenewoldDiane ValkenburgJorien VoorhuisIreen Wüst
7Russian FederationRUS
Galina LikhachovaYekaterina LobyshevaAlla ShabanovaYekaterina Shikhova
8Republic of KoreaKOR
Lee Ju-YeonNo Seon-YeongPark Do-Yeong

Quarter-Finals (26 February 2010 — 13:20)

Winner of each heat advanced to semi-finals.

Heat 1 Masako HozumiNao KodairaMaki TabataJPN F3:02.89 – 3:07.45CKOR Lee Ju-YeonNo Seon-YeongPark Do-Yeong
33.57 1:01.99 1:31.25 2:01.01 2:31.7233.34 1:01.71 1:31.54 2:02.46 2:34.11
Heat 2 Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśKatarzyna WoźniakLuiza ZłotkowskaPOL C3:02.90 – 3:04.86FRUS Galina LikhachovaYekaterina LobyshevaYekaterina Shikhova
33.70 1:02.28 1:31.56 2:01.79 2:32.6332.54 1:01.05 1:30.27 2:00.46 2:31.44
Heat 3 Daniela Anschütz-ThomsStephanie BeckertAnni Friesinger-PostmaGER F3:01.95 – 3:03.38CNED Renate GroenewoldDiane ValkenburgIreen Wüst
33.85 1:02.58 1:31.98 2:01.90 2:32.2733.74 1:02.21 1:31.92 2:02.02 2:31.99
Heat 4 Jennifer RodriguezJilleanne RookardNancy Swider-Peltz, Jr.USA C3:02.19 – 3:02.24FCAN Kristina GrovesChristine NesbittBrittany Schussler
33.47 1:02.10 1:31.22 2:00.81 2:31.2433.46 1:01.99 1:30.94 2:00.90 2:31.42

Semi-Finals (27 February 2010 — 12:30)

Winner of each heat advanced to final A.

Heat 1 Masako HozumiNao KodairaMaki TabataJPN F3:02.73 – 3:02.92CPOL Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśKatarzyna WoźniakLuiza Złotkowska
33.49 1:01.77 1:30.83 2:00.70 2:31.5133.96 1:02.57 1:31.85 2:02.17 2:32.62
Heat 2 Daniela Anschütz-ThomsStephanie BeckertAnni Friesinger-PostmaGER C3:03.55 – 3:03.78FUSA Jennifer RodriguezJilleanne RookardNancy Swider-Peltz, Jr.
33.76 1:02.11 1:31.37 2:01.29 2:31.4033.29 1:02.16 1:31.57 2:01.53 2:32.29

Final Round (27 February 2010 — 13:13)

Final D Yekaterina LobyshevaAlla ShabanovaYekaterina ShikhovaRUS F3:06.47 – 3:06.96CKOR Lee Ju-YeonNo Seon-YeongPark Do-Yeong
34.02 1:03.67 1:34.13 2:04.82 2:35.9134.47 1:04.23 1:33.98 2:04.80 2:36.06
Final C Kristina GrovesChristine NesbittBrittany SchusslerCAN F3:01.41 – 3:02.04CNED Diane ValkenburgJorien VoorhuisIreen Wüst
32.78 1:00.54 1:29.09 1:59.24 2:29.8333.53 1:01.96 1:30.71 2:00.99 2:31.49
Final B Katarzyna Bachleda-CuruśKatarzyna WoźniakLuiza ZłotkowskaPOL F3:03.73 – 3:05.30CUSA Catherine Raney NormanJennifer RodriguezJilleanne Rookard
33.58 1:02.15 1:31.46 2:01.98 2:32.9633.42 1:01.98 1:31.52 2:01.44 2:32.48
Final A Daniela Anschütz-ThomsStephanie BeckertKatrin MattscherodtGER C3:02.82 – 3:02.84FJPN Masako HozumiNao KodairaMaki Tabata
34.28 1:03.50 1:33.02 2:03.05 2:32.8833.69 1:02.05 1:31.42 2:01.33 2:31.74