Cross-country skiing at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's team sprint

The Women's team sprint cross-country skiing competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy was held on 14 February, at Pragelato. This was the first time the team sprint was contested in the Winter Olympics. Each race featured teams of two, with each skier completing 3 laps of a 1145 metre course.

Women's team sprint
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Pictogram for cross country
DatesFebruary 14
Competitors32 from 16 nations
Winning time16:36.9
1st place, gold medalist(s) Anna Dahlberg & Lina Andersson  Sweden
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sara Renner & Beckie Scott  Canada
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Aino-Kaisa Saarinen & Virpi Kuitunen  Finland
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This event had been held once previously at the World Championships, but then as a free technique event, which Hilde G. Pedersen and Marit Bjørgen won for Norway. The last classical style team sprint in the World Cup was held in Canmore on 18 December 2005 and won by Germany, with Manuela Henkel and Viola Bauer.





Eight teams were entered in the two semifinals, with the top five in each advancing to the final.[1]

Semifinal 1
Rank Country Athletes Time Notes
1   Finland Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
Virpi Kuitunen
17:16.8 Q
2   Canada Sara Renner
Beckie Scott
17:19.3 Q
3   Italy Arianna Follis
Gabriella Paruzzi
17:32.6 Q
4   Japan Madoka Natsumi
Nobuko Fukuda
17:33.1 Q
5   Kazakhstan Oxana Yatskaya
Elena Kolomina
17:36.3 Q
6   France Élodie Bourgeois Pin
Aurélie Perrillat
7   Slovenia Vesna Fabjan
Maja Benedičič
8   Ukraine Maryna Malets-Lisohor
Tetyana Zavalij
Semifinal 2
Rank Country Athletes Time Notes
1   Norway Ella Gjømle
Marit Bjørgen
17:14.4 Q
2   Russia Olga Rocheva
Alyona Sidko
17:32.3 Q
3   Sweden Anna Dahlberg
Lina Andersson
17:33.5 Q
4   Germany Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
Viola Bauer
17:34.7 Q
5   United States Wendy Kay Wagner
Kikkan Randall
17:51.4 Q
6   Czech Republic Helena Erbenová
Kamila Rajdlová
7   China Wang Chunli
Jiang Chunli
8   Estonia Piret Pormeister
Kaili Sirge



The top three teams clearly separated themselves, with Sweden pulling away in the final metres to finish ahead of Canada and win the gold.[1]

Rank Country Athletes Time Deficit
    Sweden Anna Dahlberg
Lina Andersson
    Canada Sara Renner
Beckie Scott
16:37.5 +0.6
    Finland Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
Virpi Kuitunen
16:39.2 +2.3
4   Norway Ella Gjømle
Marit Bjørgen
16:48.1 +11.2
5   Germany Evi Sachenbacher-Stehle
Viola Bauer
17:03.5 +26.6
6   Russia Olga Rocheva
Alyona Sidko
17:08.5 +31.6
7   Italy Arianna Follis
Gabriella Paruzzi
17:24.8 +47.9
8   Japan Madoka Natsumi
Nobuko Fukuda
17:27.6 +50.7
9   Kazakhstan Oxana Yatskaya
Elena Kolomina
17:42.8 +1:05.9
10   United States Wendy Kay Wagner
Kikkan Randall
18:06.9 +1:30.0


  1. ^ a b "Torino 2006 Official Report - Cross Country Skiing" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-12. Retrieved Jun 17, 2009.