FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1993

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1993 took place 19–28 February 1993 in Falun, Sweden, for the third time (1954, 1974). This event saw the creation of the combined pursuit where competitors would skate one distance in the classical interval style (10 km: men, 5 km: women) one day, then follow the next day in the freestyle pursuit (15 km: men, 10 km: women) with the first distance winner going first in the pursuit. Additionally it was the first competition since the breakup of the Soviet Union in late 1991 and the first competition with Czechoslovakia having been split up as the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1993
FIS Nordic WSC 1993 logo.png
Official logo for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1993.
Host cityFalun
Country Sweden
Events15
Opening ceremony19 February
Closing ceremony28 February
Main venueLugnet
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Men's cross-countryEdit

10 km classicalEdit

22 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Sture Sivertsen (NOR) 24:51.6
Silver   Vladimir Smirnov (KAZ) 24:55.5
Bronze   Vegard Ulvang (NOR) 24:58.1

10 km + 15 km combined pursuitEdit

24 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Bjørn Dæhlie (NOR) 1:01:45.0
Silver   Vladimir Smirnov (KAZ) 1:01:45.0
Bronze   Silvio Fauner (ITA) 1:02:55.5

Dæhlie edged Smirnov at the finish line to earn the gold medal. Smirnov later stated that he lost out to Dæhlie by "only 16 centimeters".

30 km classicalEdit

20 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Bjørn Dæhlie (NOR) 1:17:33.6
Silver   Vegard Ulvang (NOR) 1:17:55.0
Bronze   Vladimir Smirnov (KAZ) 1:17:55.3

50 km freestyleEdit

28 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Torgny Mogren (SWE) 2:03:36.8
Silver   Hervé Balland (FRA) 2:04:30.9
Bronze   Bjørn Dæhlie (NOR) 2:05:10.3

4×10 km relayEdit

26 February 1993

Medal Team Time
Gold   Norway (Sture Sivertsen, Vegard Ulvang, Terje Langli, Bjørn Dæhlie) 1:44:14.9
Silver   Italy (Maurilio De Zolt, Marco Albarello, Giorgio Vanzetta, Silvio Fauner) 1:44:24.5
Bronze   Russia (Andrey Kirilov, Igor Badamchin, Alexey Prokourorov, Mikhail Botvinov) 1:44:27.2

Women's cross-countryEdit

5 km classicalEdit

21 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Larisa Lazutina (RUS) 14:07.6
Silver   Lyubov Yegorova (RUS) 14:12.1
Bronze   Trude Dybendahl (NOR) 14:18.3

5 km + 10 km combined pursuitEdit

23 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Stefania Belmondo (ITA) 40:19.0
Silver   Larisa Lazutina (RUS) 40:19.4
Bronze   Lyubov Yegorova (RUS) 40:19.7

15 km classicalEdit

19 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Yelena Välbe (RUS) 44:49.0
Silver   Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi (FIN) 45:39.0
Bronze   Marjut Rolig (FIN) 45:41.9

Välbe was the first Russian to win a gold medal in the aftermath of the Soviet Union's breakup in late 1991.

30 km freestyleEdit

27 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Stefania Belmondo (ITA) 1:22:41.3
Silver   Manuela Di Centa (ITA) 1:22:55.0
Bronze   Lyubov Yegorova (RUS) 1:23:48.3

4×5 km relayEdit

26 February 1993

Medal Team Time
Gold   Russia (Yelena Välbe, Larisa Lazutina, Nina Gavrylyuk, Lyubov Yegorova) 54:15.7
Silver   Italy (Gabriella Paruzzi, Bice Vanzetta, Manuela Di Centa, Stefania Belmondo) 54:35.1
Bronze   Norway (Trude Dybendahl, Inger Helene Nybråten, Anita Moen, Elin Nilsen) 55:09.0

Men's Nordic combinedEdit

15 km individual GundersenEdit

18 February 1993

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Kenji Ogiwara (JPN)
Silver   Knut Tore Apeland (NOR)
Bronze   Trond Einar Elden (NOR)

3 × 10 km teamEdit

25 February 1993

Medal Team Time
Gold   Japan (Takanori Kono, Masashi Abe, Kenji Ogiwara) 1:19:25.7
Silver   Norway (Trond Einar Elden, Knut Tore Apeland, Fred Børre Lundberg) +3:46.3
Bronze   Germany (Thomas Dufter, Jens Deimel, Hans-Peter Pohl) +8:30.5

Japan's four-minute victory margin at this event, followed by their nearly five-minute victory at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer the following year, would lead the FIS to change the Nordic combined team event from a 3 x 10 km relay to a 4 x 5 km relay that would become effective at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1995 in Thunder Bay and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This was in an effort to lessen the emphasis on the ski jumping part of the competition.

Men's ski jumpingEdit

Individual normal hillEdit

27 February 1993

Medal Athlete Points
Gold   Masahiko Harada (JPN) 237.8
Silver   Andreas Goldberger (AUT) 231.3
Bronze   Jaroslav Sakala (CZE) 228.2

Individual large hillEdit

21 February 1993

Medal Athlete Points
Gold   Espen Bredesen (NOR) 241.4
Silver   Jaroslav Sakala (CZE) 239.1
Bronze   Andreas Goldberger (AUT) 237.6

Sakala was the first Czech to medal following Czechoslovakia's breakup earlier that year into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Team large hillEdit

23 February 1993

Medal Team Points
Gold   Norway (Bjørn Myrbakken, Helge Brendryen, Øyvind Berg, Espen Bredesen) 821.5
Silver   Czech Republic (František Jež, Jiří Parma, Jaroslav Sakala)
  Slovakia (Martin Švagerko) (combined team)
772.1
Bronze   Austria (Ernst Vettori, Heinz Kuttin, Stefan Horngacher, Andreas Goldberger) 745.4

The Czech Republic and Slovakia competed as a combined team despite their countries agreement to split from Czechoslovakia on 25 November 1992. The country's split was made after the team had been selected prior to the championships.

Medal tableEdit

Medal winners by nation.

  *   Host nation (Sweden)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Norway63514
2  Russia3238
3  Japan3003
4  Italy2316
5  Sweden*1001
6  Czech Republic0213
  Kazakhstan0213
8  Austria0123
9  Finland0112
10  France0101
11  Germany0011
Totals (11 nations)15151545

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