Nordic skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics

In the XX. 2006 Winter Olympics were held 18 competitions in Nordic skiing. In contrast to the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, the pursuit race have been taken over in the men's 20 km and 10 km for women from the program. For this, the team sprint was for the first time in the Olympic program.

All Nordic skiing competitions were held on the territory of the municipality Pragelato and thus removed about 80 km from Turin.

The ski center was located directly in the center of the village and had a capacity of 7500 spectators. Present were a large hill ( HS140 ), a normal hill ( HS106 ) and three training hills. About two kilometers from Pragelato was located between the hamlets Pattemouche and Granges the finish area of ​​the cross-country competitions. At an altitude 1530-1620 meters, there were two trails; the "red " was 6.2 km long, the "yellow " 3.8 km. The seating capacity in the finish area was 8,000 (of which 5,400 seats).

  • 2.1 1.145 - km sprint freestyle
  • Classic 2.2 Team Sprint
  • 2.3 10 km classic
  • 2.4 15 km Pursuit (7.5 7.5 miles)
  • 2.5 30 km freestyle
  • 2.6 4 x 5 km relay
  • 3.1 Sprint ( large hill HS140 / 7.5 km )
  • 3.2 Single ( normal hill HS106 / 15 km)
  • 3.3 team ( large hill HS140 / 4 × 5 km)
  • 4.1 normal hill HS106
  • 4.2 large hill HS140
  • 4.3 jumping team large hill HS140

Cross-country men

1,325 - km sprint freestyle

Date: 22 February 2006 13:55 clock ( B final ), 14:00 clock (A Final ) After a qualification, reached the quarterfinals 30 runners (5 runs with 6 runners ) and the semi-finals ( two runs with each 5 runners ). There was a B final for places 5-8 and the finals of four runners for the medals.

The Swedes Lind and Fredriksson continued the good results of the Swedish team in sprint competitions with the Olympic victory and third place. Favorite Björn Lind, who had been fastest in qualifying races already clearly won his other runs. Disappointing result for the mitfavorisierten runner from Norway, none of which reached the A-final.

German runners were not at the start.

The B final for places 5-8 was faster than the A- finals for the medals and the Olympic victory.

Classic team sprint

Date: February 14, 2006, 10:40 Clock

The competition was held in six rounds of 1.3 km. It consisted first of two heats or semi-finals, followed by the final race, for which the five top-ranked teams qualify from each lead. In total there were 25 teams at the start, which consisted of two runners who took turns in each round.

It won the front of the Swedish Norwegian tandem, which thus won the only medal for the Norwegian team in cross-country skiing sprint competitions. The German team had made hopes for a medal, but it missed.

The Best of Switzerland ( Reto Burgermeister, Christoph Eigenmann ) was eliminated in the semifinals, the Austrian squadron (John Eder, Juergen Pinter ) was disqualified in April 2007.

15 km classic

Date: February 17, 2006, 10:00 Clock The race began with an interval start, in which the starter does not simultaneously record the race, but start at time intervals and thus disputed the competition against the clock rather than against direct opponents. An overview of the state of competition is also only indirectly on the comparison of intermediate times. Since the comparison with direct competitors is missing, for example, there usually no final sprint.

After Kristina Šmigun also won Andrus Veerpalu gold for the team of Estonia. With Jaak Mae another Este was ranked 5th for the first medal for the German team provided Tobias Angerer after the competitions were previously measured by our own expectations and extend those of the public disappointing. Martin Tauber (AUT ), originally performed as eighth, was disqualified in April 2007.

30 km pursuit (15 15 km)

Date: February 12, 2006, 13:45 Clock

The race started with a 15- kilometer run in classic style ( mass start ), after a Skiwechsel was followed by a 15 - kilometer run in free style.

Dementiew and Estil secured their medals by the fastest and second fastest time in free style, while Piller Cottrer was able to maintain his 3rd place in the classical section. Lukáš Bauer, who had led the Skiwechsel, then dropped back to 10. Anders Aukland, who had been lying in the classical section in 2nd place, lost as much as two and a half minutes and was ranked 29th when silver medalist, Frode Estil a ski was shortly after launch at a mass fall broken, making it temporarily at the end of the participant field had fallen.

Similar to the German women ran for the rotor of the German Ski Association, the first Olympic race disappointing: While René Sommerfeldt gave up the race, lost Tobias Angerer, who had belonged to among the favorites, just before the finish connecting and finished only 12th place a good 7th place was taken by the Austrians Mikhail Botwinow

Martin Tauber (AUT ) was disqualified in April 2007.

50 km free

Date: February 26, 2006, 12:15 Clock

The race began with a mass start at the same time all the runners take up the chase and are directly confronted during the race with the competitors. For runners and spectators an accurate overview of the state of the match is always possible at this Discharge. Typical for mass start races are final sprints several runners to victory and places.

For a long time there were no serious attempts to blow up the large field of participants: 25 kilometers or about 50 runners were the top group, 40 km still approximately 40 Only after that the pace was tightened, the closed guide field broke up and it came the characteristic mass start race Aussscheidungsrennen in which weaker runners were gradually suspended, the last on the last climb before the finish. The goal came at a sprint decision in which about 10 runners were still involved.

Mikhail Botwinow, who had already participated in the Winter Olympic Games in 1992 and 1994, won the bronze medal at 38 years old.

The favorites Pietro Piller Cottrer ( 5 ), Vincent Vittoz ( 9 ) and Tobias Angerer ( 24 ) went home empty-handed.

4 × 10 km relay

Date: February 19, 2006, 10:00 Clock

In the 4 × 10 km relay in cross-country skiing men's first two courses in the traditional and the other will run in free style.

It won the mitfavorisierte Season of the host with Fulvio Valbusa, Giorgio di Centa, Pietro Piller Cottrer and Cristian Zorzi. The runners also mitfavorisierten German Jens Filbrich, Andreas Schlütter, Rene Sommerfeldt and Tobias Angerer ran balanced and able to win the silver medal. Bronze went to Sweden with outsiders Mats Larsson, John Olsson, Mathias Fredriksson and Anders Sodergren. The victory of the Italians was largely thanks to Pietro Piller Cottrer, of the Italian season of # 5 to # 1 led on the third leg and together with Anders Sodergren, which ran from 6th to 2nd place and ran the fastest time of all participants, the competition abhängte provisional. Tobias Angerer was on the last section introduce his squadron back to the Swedish and defeat Mathias Fredriksson in the final sprint.

Like women, the day before the Norwegian disappointing season, the Olympic champion in 2002 and current world champion, with a 5th place.

The Austrian squadron was disqualified in April 2007.

Cross country women

1,145 - km sprint freestyle

Date: 22 February 2006 13:40 clock ( B final ), 13:45 clock (A Final )

After a qualifying runners reached the quarterfinals 30 (5 runs with 6 runners ) and the semi-finals (2 runs with 5 runners ). There was a B final for places 5-8 and the finals of four runners for the medals.

Beckie Scott, the fastest in the qualifying race, finished only fourth place in the final. Alyona Sidko reached the finals just as smoothly as Claudia Kuenzel, who won the quarter and semi-finals before being beaten by Chandra Crawford. Crawford, a hitherto little-known outsider, won up on the skills all their runs and won in the final sovereign, while Künzelmann almost prevailed against Sidko.

Marit Bjørgen, the most successful cross-country sprinter in previous years, resigned, at the Olympic Games in poor health, in the quarter- finals from.

Classic team sprint

Date: February 14, 2006, 10:00 Clock

The individual race was held in 6 rounds of 1.1 km. The competition was contested in a classic style and consisted of first two semi-finals, followed by the final race, for which the 5 top-ranked teams qualify from each run. In total there were 16 teams at the start, which consisted of two runners who took turns in each round.

As with the men's sprint team won the Swedish tandem. The other medal places occupied the Canadian before the Finnish team.

The German team with Viola Bauer and Evi Sachenbacher floor in their first use after their controversial protective barrier due to an increased hemoglobin value had been hopes of a medal, missed this, however, as well as the Norwegian team with Marit Bjørgen.

Participants from Switzerland and Austria were not at the start.

10 km classic

Date: February 16, 2006, 10:00 Clock

The race began with an interval start.

Kristina Šmigun won her second gold medal of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the 10 - km race in a classic style was the only one for which the Norwegian runners were successful. Marit Bjørgen that had disappointed in their previous appearances, won their only medal at the Olympic Games 2006th bronze went to the already 41 -year-old Hilde G. Pedersen before Kristin Steira Størmer.

From the German team could only Viola Bauer, a specialist on race in classic style, impress with 10th place.

15 km Pursuit (7.5 7.5 miles)

Date: February 12, 2006, 10:00 Clock

The race began with a 7.5 - kilometer run in classic style ( mass start ), after a Skiwechsel was followed by a 7.5 - kilometer run in free style.

Šmigun and Neumannová were already after the first leg on medal places, while Medvedeva - Arbusowa could improve in free style from 11th to 3rd place. Petra Majdič, which had led the Skiwechsel, lost on the second leg of almost a minute and dropped back to 11th place.

The big favorite Marit Bjørgen ended the race prematurely. Also for the German runners started the Olympics unhappy because the mitfavorisierte Evi Sachenbacher floor was due to a too high hemoglobin value an automatic five-day lock-protected and therefore could not start; the other German runners remained below its potential.

30 km freestyle

Date: February 24, 2006, 11:30 Clock

The race began with a mass start and looked like a elimination race: between km 10 and km 20 could issue a top group of 10-12 runners who about 2 kilometers from the finish on the last climb dissolved in another pace tightening, only the three could withstand runners who eventually fought for the victory and the podiums occupied.

Kristin Steira Størmer was the third time in an Olympic Decision 2006 Fourth and continued the series of unfortunate occurrences of the Norwegian team continued, which had heard at the World Championships and Olympic Games in the previous years the most successful. Claudia Kuenzel lost shortly before the finish connecting to the leaders and finished sixth.

4 x 5 km relay

Date: February 18, 2006, 09:45 Clock

The first two runners each season completed their leg in a classic style, two more runners in free style.

The race was extremely varied: After the first leg, surprisingly, the Japanese squadron had performed the later medal winners were at this time on the places 7 to 9, The second track was influenced by a very good race Viola Bauer, who could catch up with the leading group. The eventual winner from Russia were at this time about 25 seconds back, but Julija Tschepalowa could introduce their season on the third leg by a superb race back to the leading squadrons. Also received an excellent performance Evi Bachers thing that could run out a lead of about 10 seconds on the chasing pack at the end of the third track. The German final leg Claudia Kuenzel could not defend this lead has been obtained and even suspended on the last climb of the squadrons from Russia, Sweden and Italy. Through an outstanding comeback and a successful final sprint to the finish line but Claudia Kuenzel was able to recover more than 10 seconds behind, overtaking the final runners Italy and Sweden and win the silver medal. Bronze won the Season of the host country before the surprisingly strong Swedish women.

Disappointing ended the race for the favorite season in Norway, world champion in 2005, which stood at each change in the top three leading squadrons, but finished only 5th place at the end. Finland, too, fell after a good start to the classic tracks back then.

Nordic Combined Men

Sprint ( large hill HS140 / 7.5 km )

Date: February 21, 2006 11:00 clock ( ski jumping ), 15:00 clock (Cross Country)

The jump was canceled after 16 jumpers because of the strong headwind and restarted with a shortened run-up. This made a shift of the final cross-country skiing from the originally scheduled start time (14 clock ) to 15 clock necessary.

Single ( normal hill HS106 / 15 km)

Date: February 11, 2006 10:00 clock ( ski jumping ), 15:00 clock (Cross Country)

A total of 49 athletes were at the start, 48 of them reached the goal.

Georg Hettich went after jumping first down the track and defends his first place until the end of the race. He is the second German Olympic champion at these games. Sebastian Haseney showed the best mileage in the field and ran from 28th place after the jumping to 6th place before.

The bronze medalist was determined only in a photo finish. The two Norwegian Magnus Moan and Petter Tande parted only a tenth of a second.

Team ( large hill HS140 / 4 × 5 km)

Date: February 15, 2006 09:30 clock (Goto 1st round )

February 16, 2006 09:00 clock ( jumping 2nd pass ), 15:00 clock (season )

The jump had to be canceled due to strong winds after the first passage. Thus, the second passage of jumping and the cross country season one day be postponed.

The Norwegian team decided because of a flu illness of three of the four athletes on the start. After the shift, and Italy had to refrain from further participation for health reasons.

Ski jumping men

Normal hill HS106

Date: February 12, 18:00 clock ( first passage), 19:05 clock ( second passage)

The medalists were located after the first passage only on the shared sixth place ( Bystol and Hautamäki ) and fifth place ( Ljøkelsøy ). The leader of the first round, Dmitry Vasilyev, fell after his second attempt on rank 10. Michael stood watch man with the longest jump of 104.5 m of the second passage.

Large hill HS140

Jumping team large hill HS140

Medal Tally


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