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|
|Overall||Bjørn Dæhlie (3rd title)||Yelena Vyalbe (4th title)|
|Nations Cup Overall||Russia|
|Locations||10 venues||10 venues|
|Individual||15 events||15 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.
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.
|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.|
|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, 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. 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
Mikkelsplass, Nybråten, Nilsen, Moen Guidon
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.|
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.
- Victories in this World Cup (all-time number of victories as of 1994/95 season in parentheses)
- Eriksen et al., p. 29.
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- "Men's 30 km F – Östersund". International Ski Federation.
- "Men's 15 km C – Nove Mesto". International Ski Federation.
- "Men's 15 km F – Lahti". International Ski Federation.
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- "Men's 30 km C – Falun". International Ski Federation.
- "Men's 50 km C – Oslo". International Ski Federation.
- "Men's 30 km C – WSC Thunder Bay". International Ski Federation.
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- "Men's 15 km F Pursuit – WSC Thunder Bay". International Ski Federation.
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- "FIS-SKI - resultats - Sappada 20.10.1994". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
- Eriksen et al., p. 24.