Cross-country skiing at the 1998 Winter Olympics – Women's 4 × 5 kilometre relay
|Women's 4 × 5 kilometre relay|
at the XVIII Olympic Winter Games
|Competitors||64 (16 teams) from 16 nations|
Russia had won the last three World Championships, and the 1994 Olympic gold medal, which had been won in 1992 by the Unified Team, and 1988 by the Soviet Union.
Russia and Norway started out quickly, with Nina Gavrylyuk leading over Bente Martinsen, who had a 17.7 lead over third-place Sweden. On the second leg, Norway moved ahead, one second in front of Russia, with Italy back in 12th place. Yelena Välbe, skiing the third leg for Russia, created a gap, and put Russia in front of Norway by 22.8 seconds at the final exchange, with Switzerland another minute behind. Manuela Di Centa skied well for Italy on the third leg but could only move her team up to ninth position. Välbe's split had made it an easy task for Russian anchor Larisa Lazutina, who increased the lead slightly as Russia won a comfortable gold medal over Norway. For Italy, the impossible occurred, as Stefania Belmondo's anchor leg was the fastest of the event, by over 26 seconds, and brought Italy in 1.9 seconds ahead of Switzerland. The podium had Russia, Norway, and Italy, in that order, exactly the same medal finish as in 1994.
- "Cross Country Skiing at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games: Women's 4 x 5 kilometres Relay". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
- "The XVIII Olympic Winter Games Official Report" (PDF). library.la84.org. pp. 82–84. Retrieved 10 February 2018.