1994–95 FIS Cross-Country World Cup

The 1994–95 FIS Cross-Country World Cup was a multi-race tournament over a season for cross-country skiers. It was the 14th official World Cup season in cross-country skiing for men and ladies. The World Cup was organised by the International Ski Federation who also run world cups and championships in ski jumping, snowboarding and alpine skiing amongst others.

1994–95 FIS Cross-Country World Cup
Discipline Men Women
Overall Norway Bjørn Dæhlie (3rd title) Russia Yelena Vyalbe (4th title)
Nations Cup Norway Norway Russia Russia
Nations Cup Overall Russia Russia
Competition
Locations 10 venues 10 venues
Individual 15 events 15 events
Relay/Team events events

Bjørn Dæhlie reclaimed the crystal World Cup globe which Vladimir Smirnov had won in the 1993–94 season, thus taking his third overall men's World Cup title in four seasons. Smirnov won more races, with six wins including three during the 1995 World Championships, but Dæhlie was usually the runner-up. Also, one of Smirnov's World Championship wins didn't count towards the overall standings. Silvio Fauner, Harri Kirvesniemi, Torgny Mogren and Alexey Prokurorov also registered World Cup wins during the season.

In the women's Cup, Yelena Vyalbe won the six first events, and eventually won nine of the 15 races including one gold at the World Championships. Russians occupied the top five spots in the women's World Cup, with multiple races having three or more Russians on top of the standings. Only the Lahti 10 km was not won by a Russian skier, and in 11 of the 15 races did Russians occupy the top two spots in the standings. According to the Norwegian publication Sportsboken, the Russian women had not been this dominant since the 1970s.[1]

CalendarEdit

MenEdit

C – Classic / F – Freestyle
WC Date Place Discipline Winner Second Third Ref.
1 27 November 1994     Kiruna 10 km C     Bjørn Dæhlie   Vladimir Smirnov   Kristen Skjeldal [2]
2 14 December 1994     Tauplitzalm 15 km C     Alexey Prokourorov   Bjørn Dæhlie   Niklas Jonsson [3]
3 17 December 1994     Sappada 15 km F     Bjørn Dæhlie   Silvio Fauner   Jari Isometsä [4]
4 20 December 1994     Sappada 10 km F     Torgny Mogren   Henrik Forsberg   Vladimir Smirnov [5]
5 8 January 1995     Östersund 30 km F     Bjørn Dæhlie   Alexey Prokourorov   Thomas Alsgaard [6]
6 14 January 1995     Nové Město 15 km C     Harri Kirvesniemi   Jari Isometsä   Silvio Fauner [7]
7 27 January 1995     Lahti 15 km F     Vladimir Smirnov   Bjørn Dæhlie   Jari Isometsä [8]
8 29 January 1995     Lahti 15 km C     Vladimir Smirnov   Jari Isometsä   Bjørn Dæhlie [9]
9 4 February 1995     Falun 30 km C     Bjørn Dæhlie   Silvio Fauner   Vladimir Smirnov [10]
10 11 February 1995     Oslo 50 km C     Vladimir Smirnov   Alexey Prokourorov   Mikhail Botvinov [11]
FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1995 (9–19 March)
11 9 March 1995     Thunder Bay 30 km C     Vladimir Smirnov   Bjørn Dæhlie   Alexey Prokourorov [12]
12 11 March 1995     Thunder Bay 10 km F     Vladimir Smirnov   Bjørn Dæhlie   Mika Myllylä [13]
13 13 March 1995     Thunder Bay 15 km F Pursuit     Vladimir Smirnov   Silvio Fauner   Jari Isometsä [14]
14 19 March 1995     Thunder Bay 50 km F     Silvio Fauner   Bjørn Dæhlie   Vladimir Smirnov [15]
15 25 March 1995     Sapporo 15 km F     Bjørn Dæhlie   Vladimir Smirnov   Thomas Alsgaard [16]

Note: Until FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1999, World Championship races are part of the World Cup. Hence results from those races are included in the World Cup overall.

WomenEdit

Date Place Dist. Winner Second Third
27 November   Kiruna, Sweden 5 km C   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)   Trude Dybendahl (NOR)
Vyalbe won the 15-minute race with a 15-second margin, while Dybendahl took the only other podium place – it was to be the only podium place for Norway until Lahti.
14 December   Tauplitz, Austria 10 km C   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)   Olga Danilova (RUS)
After a two-week break, the skiers resumed with a Wednesday race in Tauplitz, for the first World Cup race in the Austrian resort in five years. Vyalbe doubled her advantage to Gavrylyuk, while Danilova took third place in Dybendahl's absence, improving from 12th place in Kiruna. Larisa Lazutina placed fourth to complete the row of Russians.
17 December   Sappada, Italy 15 km F   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Olga Korneyeva (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)
The Russians went one better than in Tauplitz, occupying the first five spots. Vyalbe won by 41 seconds, while Korneeva overtook both Gavrylyuk and Danilova in the longer distance, and earned the right to a relay stage for the first team the following day.
18 December   Sappada, Italy 4 × 5 km F   Russia I   Russia II   Norway
Russia showed their dominance of female free-style cross-country skiing with two teams ahead of the competition; Russia I won by nearly a minute, while Norway in third place were a further 20 seconds behind.
20 December   Sappada, Italy 5 km F   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)
  Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)
  Olga Korneyeva (RUS)
In the final race before Christmas, someone managed to come close to Vyalbe. It was the same podium as the 15 km three days earlier, but Korneyeva was distanced by 11 seconds. Seven Russians placed on top of the standings.[17]
7 January   Östersund, Sweden 30 km F   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Stefania Belmondo (ITA)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)
Vyalbe won again, but Belmondo showed form by becoming the second non-Russian to make a podium place, more than 45 seconds ahead of third-placed Gavrylyuk in the longest freestyle World Cup race of the season.
14 January   Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic 15 km C   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)
Vyalbe's sixth successive victory, in the first classical race in exactly one month. Once again four Russians placed in the top four.
15 January   Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic 4 × 5 km C   Russia I   Norway   Russia II
With the relay being in classical style, Norway managed to beat the second Russian team; however, Russia's first team, made up of the top four in the previous day's race, won by a minute. The race time was slow, with Russia recording a total time of 65 minutes, nearly 20 minutes slower than in Sappada.
27 January   Lahti, Finland 4 × 5 km F   Russia I   Russia II   Norway
The second double Russian triumph in a free-style relay this season, though the distance between Russia's first team and second team was almost four times as great as that between Russia's second and Norway.
28 January   Lahti, Finland 10 km C   Inger Helene Nybråten (NOR)   Marit Mikkelsplass (NOR)   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)
The Russians struggled with worse skis,[1] allowing Norway to take the two top spots and get five women among the top eight. World Cup leader Vyalbe, unbeaten thus far in the season, finished 15th. Third-placed Lazutina was 3.9 seconds behind Nybråten, the smallest margin thus far in the season.
4 February   Falun, Sweden 10 km C   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)
Once more four Russians occupied the four top spots, in a closer race than in Lahti; Lazutina was only 3.2 seconds behind the gold medallist. Gavrylyuk finally won a race outright, after having placed among the top four in every race up to this.
5 February   Falun, Sweden 10 km F Pur   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)
The four Russians started with an advantage from the classical race, and remained in the lead. In the dash for the finish, Vyalbe was well ahead of her Russian compatriots.
7 February   Hamar, Norway 4 × 3 km F   Russia   Norway   Italy
In a Tuesday show race inside the Olympic speed skating arena of Vikingskipet, Norway came closer to Russia than they had ever been, but still finished 12 seconds behind.
11 February   Oslo, Norway 30 km C   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)   Anita Moen Guidon (NOR)   Olga Danilova (RUS)
The traditional Holmenkollen race ended without Vyalbe on the podium; Moen Guidon finished strongly, but finished 19 seconds behind Lazutina. Moen caught Danilova, who started half a minute ahead, and the pair got second and third, Danilova beating World Cup leader Vyalbe by a couple of seconds.
12 February   Oslo, Norway 4 × 5 km C/F   Russia   Norway   Russia II
Russia won by 30 seconds, the closest win margin in a relay thus far in the season, while the Russian second team and the Norwegian second team followed.
1995 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
10 March   Thunder Bay, Canada 15 km C   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Inger Helene Nybråten (NOR)
A month's break followed, as the skiers acclimatised to conditions in Canada. Vyalbe had not recovered to her pre-January form, admitting before the Championships that Lazutina was going to win everything.[18] Indeed, Lazutina won by over a minute, the largest margin of victory per kilometre in the World Cup season. Nybråten took her second podium place of the season and what was to be her only individual international medal.
12 March   Thunder Bay, Canada 5 km C   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)   Manuela Di Centa (ITA)
Vyalbe without a medal again, finishing fourth, but still clinching the World Cup overall standings. Lazutina won by 23 seconds, while the Norwegians complained of poor skis in the heat (15 °C), and Di Centa, two-time gold medallist at Lillehammer in 1994, got her first podium place of the season after recovering from surgery to the intestines.
14 March   Thunder Bay, Canada 10 km F Pu   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)   Olga Danilova (RUS)
Danilova rallied from 15th place in the 5 km to record the best time of the race, but after trailing by a minute after the classical race, it was only enough for bronze. Lazutina had the second-best time and Gavrylyuk the third, while Vyalbe finished 12th.
17 March   Thunder Bay, Canada 4 × 5 km M   Russia
Danilova, Lazutina, Vyalbe, Gavrylyuk
  Norway
Mikkelsplass, Nybråten, Nilsen, Moen Guidon
  Sweden
Frithioff, Östlund, Ordina, Fanqvist
Russia were dominant, winning by more than a minute and a half. Danilova went straight to the lead on the first stage, outside the classical tracks, and Norwegian leaders commented that they could have protested but did not want to. Except for Vyalbe, all the Russian skiers had the best stage time. Ordina pulled away from Nilsen on the third stage, winning half a minute, but Moen Guidon caught Fanqvist in the final sprint and beat her to the finish line, winning silver by one tenth of a second.
18 March   Thunder Bay, Canada 30 km F   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Manuela Di Centa (ITA)   Antonina Ordina (SWE)
Vyalbe took her sixth individual World Championship gold, and her eighth win of the season, as classical-specialist Lazutina fell to fifth place. The margin of victory was more than a minute. Di Centa got her second podium place, and her 140 points from the World Championships made up 85% of her total World Cup score. Russian-born Ordina took Sweden's only individual podium place of the season.
25 March   Sapporo, Japan 15 km F   Yelena Vyalbe (RUS)   Larisa Lazutina (RUS)   Nina Gavrylyuk (RUS)
Of the long-distance free style medallists in Thunder Bay, Di Centa didn't turn up, Ordina finished fourth, while Vyalbe won by half a minute in her last race of the season. It was an all-Russian podium for the seventh time this season.

Overall resultsEdit

Below are tables showing the number of points won in the 1994–95 FIS Cross-Country World Cup for men and women.

11 races counted towards the total; the 9 best of the 11 races outside the World Championships, as well as the two best World Championship races.

 
Place Points
1st 100
2nd 80
3rd 60
4th 50
5th 45
6th 40
7th 36
8th 32
9th 29
10th 26
11th 24
12th 22
13th 20
14th 18
15th 16
16th 15
17th 14
18th 13
19th 12
20th 11
21st 10
22nd 9
23rd 8
24th 7
25th 6
26th 5
27th 4
28th 3
29th 2
30th 1

MenEdit

Pos Skier Points
1   Bjørn Dæhlie 930
2   Vladimir Smirnov 866
3   Silvio Fauner 591
4   Alexey Prokurorov 572
5   Jari Isometsä 525
6   Thomas Alsgaard 429
7   Harri Kirvesniemi 363
8   Mika Myllylä 340
9   Torgny Mogren 330
10   Mikhail Botvinov 269
11   Kristen Skjeldal 268
12   Henrik Forsberg 256
13   Erling Jevne 236
14   Alois Stadlober 217
15   Gaudenzio Godioz 213
16   Vegard Ulvang 208
17   Markus Gandler 194
18   Niklas Jonsson 182
19   Egil Kristiansen 158
20   Marco Albarello 152
21   Mathias Fredriksson 136
22   Jochen Behle 129
  Fulvio Valbusa
24   Anders Bergström 127
25   Jukka Hartonen 112
26   Fabio Maj 111
27   Sture Sivertsen 110
28   Johan Mühlegg 104
29   Christer Majbäck 96
  Markus Hasler
31   Juan Jesús Gutiérrez 93
32   Morgan Göransson 77
  Uwe Bellmann
34   Terje Langli 74
35   Karri Hietamäki 68
36   Sami Repo 62
37   Hervé Balland 58
38   Andreas Schlütter 56
39   Anders Eide 54
40   Luboš Buchta 51
41   Giorgio Vanzetta 50
42   Kimmo Kuusisto 49
43   Vladimir Legotine 42
44   Sven-Erik Danielsson 40
  Jari Räsänen
  Maurizio Pozzi
47   Peter Schlickenrieder 33
  Silvano Barco
49   Sergey Chepikov 32
  Sigurd Brørs
51   Pietro Piller Cottrer 31
52   Pavel Riabinine 28
53   Håkan Nordbäck 27
  Hiroyuki Imai
55   Krister Sørgård 24
  Jeremias Wigger
57   Grigoriy Goutnikov 22
  Gennady Lazutin
  Philippe Sanchez
60   Peter Göransson 20

WomenEdit

Pos Skier Points
1   Yelena Vyalbe 1060
2   Nina Gavrylyuk 840
3   Larisa Lazutina 785
4   Olga Danilova 547
5   Olga Korneyeva 395
6   Inger Helene Nybråten 386
7   Stefania Belmondo 377
8   Marit Mikkelsplass 361
9   Anita Moen 295
10   Trude Dybendahl 290
11   Elin Nilsen 283
12   Antonina Ordina 279
13   Marie-Helene Östlund 268
14   Kateřina Neumannová 229
15   Sylvia Honegger 200
16   Natalya Martynova 195
17   Guidina Dal Sasso 172
18   Pirkko Määttä 170
19   Tuulikki Pyykkönen 167
20   Manuela Di Centa 163
21   Yelena Schalina 152
  Olga Pyleva
23   Merja Kuusisto 146
24   Sigrid Wille 141
25   Bente Martinsen 123
26   Iryna Terelia 110
27   Gabriella Paruzzi 108
28   Alžbeta Havrančíková 100
29   Kristina Šmigun 93
30   Anke Schulze 86
31   Natalya Baranova 83
32   Anna Frithioff 78
33   Ina Kümmel 69
34   Fumiko Aoki 66
35   Sabina Valbusa 65
36   Sophie Villeneuve 55
37   Constanze Blum 54
38   Anette Fanqvist 49
39   Manuela Henkel 46
40   Maj Helen Sorkmo 41
  Małgorzata Ruchała
42   Kari Uglem 38
43   Cristina Paluselli 37
44   Brigitte Albrecht 34
45   Inger Lise Hegge 32
46   Leslie Thompson 31
47   Dorota Kwaśna 29
  Annika Evaldsson
49   Jaroslava Bukvajová 28
  Nina Kemppel
51   Nataša Lačen 27
52   Iveta Fortová 25
53   Virpi Niemi 24
54   Cristel Vahtra 22
55   Sumiko Yokoyama 15
  Natalie Santer
57   Tatiana Kutlíková 11
58   Gerhild Pfügler 10
  Kati Pulkkinen
60   Maria Theurl 9

AchievementsEdit

Victories in this World Cup (all-time number of victories as of 1994/95 season in parentheses)

ReferencesEdit

  • FIS Official Site World Cup Results
  • Sportsboken 95-96, ed. Arvid Eriksen, Schibsted, ISBN 82-516-1583-6.

NotesEdit

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