Cross-country skiing at the 2002 Winter Olympics – Women's 10 kilometre classical
|Women's 10 kilometre classical|
at the XIX Olympic Winter Games
|Competitors||61 from 23 nations|
Each skier started at half a minute intervals, skiing the entire 10 kilometre course. The defending Olympic champion was the Russia Larisa Lazutina, who won in Nagano, but the 10 kilometre event was then held as a pursuit.
Early in the race, Norwegian Bente Skari was well behind Russian Olga Danilova. Danilova led by over 15 seconds at 5.8 km, but Skari had closed to within 10 seconds at 8.7 km. Norway's Skari finished strongly, defeating Danilova to win by 2 seconds. The bronze medal went to russian Yuliya Chepalova, the 2000-01 World Cup champion. Fourth was another Russian, Larisa Lazutina.
In October 2003, Olga Danilova was disqualified for use of darpopoietin, an erythropoietin analogue. In January 2004 Lazutina was disqualified for use of the same substance. Chepalova was moved up to the silver medal, while fifth-place finisher Stefania Belmondo was awarded the bronze medal. Chepalova was also later found guilty of doping, but her results were left unaffected.
- "Cross Country Skiing at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games: Women's 10 kilometres". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
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