Cross Country Skiing

There are two techniques in cross country: classical (parallel skis) and freestyle (skating style). The Sprint features a qualification round with the fastest 16 skiers moving on to elimination heats. Top two finishers in each heat advance until there is a four-skier final. The Combined Pursuit is held on one day and consists of a classical race (10-km for men, 5-km for women) followed by a freestyle race (10-km for men, 5-km for women). The starting order in the freestyle portion of the Combined Pursuit is determined by the classical leg finish.

Medal breakdown (12 events): 10 medals—Norway (3-4-3); Seven—Russia (3-3-1); Five—Italy (2-2-1); Four—Germany (1-2-1); Three—Estonia (1-1-1); Two—Spain (2-0-0) and Austria (0-1-1); One—Canada (0-0-1), Czech Republic (0-0-1) and Switzerland (0-0-1).

Men

1.5–km Sprint

  Time
1Tor Arne Hetland, NOR2:56.9
2Peter Schlickenrieder, GER2:57.0
3Cristian Zorzi, ITA2:57.2
Best USA: No American skier qualified for the elimination heats.

15–km Classical

  Time
1Andrus Veerpalu, EST37:07.4
2Frode Estil, NOR37:43.4
3Jaak Mae, EST37:50.8
Best USA: 12th, John Bauer (38:55.7); 16th, Patrick Weaver (39:24.4).

Combined Pursuit

  Time
1Johann Muehlegg, SPA49:20.4
2Frode Estil, NOR49:48.9
2Thomas Alsgaard, NOR49:48.9
Best USA: 15th, Kris Freeman (50:32.0).

30–km Freestyle

  Time
1Johann Muehlegg, SPA1:09:28.9
2Christian Hoffmann, AUT1:11:31.0
3Mikhail Botvinov, AUT1:11:32.3
Best USA: 22nd, Andrew Johnson (1:14:26.9).

50–km Classical

  Time
1Mikhail Ivanov, RUS*2:06:20.8
2Andrus Veerpalu, EST2:06:44.5
3Odd-Bjoern Hjelmeset, NOR2:08.41.5
*Ivanov finished second to Spain's Johann Muehlegg, who was stripped of his gold medal after test results revealed he failed a pre-race drug test. Muehlegg tested positive for darbepoetin, a drug that can enhance performance in endurance sports by increasing oxygen capacity through greater red blood cell production. He was ordered to leave the Games but allowed to keep the two gold medals he won earlier.
Best USA: 34th, John Bauer (2:19:35.7).

4 x 10–km Mixed Relay

  Time
1Norway1:32:45.5
2Italy1:32:45.8
3Germany1:33:34.5
NOR—Anders Aukland, Frode Estil, Kristen Skjeldal, Thomas Alsgaard; ITA—Fabio Maj, Giorgio di Centa, Pietro Piller Cottrer, Cristian Zorzi; GER—Jens Filbrich, Andreas Schluetter, Tobias Angerer, Rene Sommerfeldt.
USA entry: 5th; John Bauer, Kris Freeman, Justin Wadsworth, Carl Swenson (1:34:05.5).

Women

1.5–km Sprint

  Time
1Julija Tchepalova, RUS3:10.6
2Evi Sachenbacher, GER3:12.2
3Anita Moen, NOR3:12.7
Best USA: No American skier qualified for the elimination heats.

10–km Classical

  Time
1Bente Skari, NOR28:05.6
2Olga Danilova, RUS28:08.1
3Julija Tchepalova, RUS28:09.9
Best USA: 38th, Wendy Wagner (30:50.7); 40th, Nina Kemppel (30:51.9).

Combined Pursuit

  Time
1Olga Danilova, RUS24:52.1
2Larissa Lazutina, RUS24:59.0
3Beckie Scott, CAN25:09.9
Best USA: 32nd, Nina Kemppel (26:27.8).

15–km Freestyle

  Time
1Stefania Belmondo, ITA39:54.4
2Larissa Lazutina, RUS39:56.2
3Katerina Neumannova, CZR40:01.3
Best USA: 30th, Nina Kemppel (42:53.1).

30–km Classical

  Time
1Gabriella Paruzzi, ITA*1:30:57.1
2Stefania Belmondo, ITA1:31:01.6
3Bente Skari, NOR1:31:36.3
*Paruzzi finished second to Russia's Larissa Lazutina, who was stripped of her gold medal and ordered to leave the Games after failing a subsequent drug test. Lazutina tested positive for darbepoetin, a drug that can enhance performance in endurance sports by increasing oxygen capacity through greater red blood cell production. She was allowed to keep the two silver medals she won earlier but was barred from participating in the 20-km team relay.
Note: Russia's Olga Danilova, who finished eighth in this race, also tested positive for darbepoetin and was ordered to leave the Games. She was allowed to keep the gold and silver medals she won earlier.
Best USA: 15th, Nina Kemppel (1:37:08.7).

4 x 5–km Mixed Relay

  Time
1Germany49:30.6
2Norway49:31.9
3Switzerland50:03.6
GER—Manuela Henkel, Viola Bauer, Claudia Kuenzel, Evi Sachenbacher; NOR—Marit Bjoergen, Bente Skari, Hilde G. Pedersen, Anita Moen; SWI—Andrea Huber, Laurence Rochat, Brigitte Albrecht Loretan, Natascia Leonardi Cortesi.
USA entry: 13th; Wendy Wagner, Nina Kemppel, Barbara Jones, Aelin Peterson (53:23.4).

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