FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2001

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2001 took place February 15–25, 2001 in Lahti, Finland for a record sixth time, previous events being held in 1926, 1938, 1958, 1978 and 1989. These championships also saw the most event changes since the 1950s with the 5 km women and 10 km men's events being discontinued, the 10 km women and 15 km men's events return to their normal status for the first time since the 1991 championships, the debut of a combined pursuit as a separate category (5 km + 5 km for women, 10 km + 10 km for men), the addition of the individual sprint race for both genders, and the debut of the ski jumping team normal hill event. Extremely cold weather (−23 °C (−9 °F)) cancelled the women's 30 km event. The biggest controversy occurred when a doping scandal hit the host nation of Finland, resulting in six disqualifications. This would serve as a prelude to further doping cases in cross country skiing at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City the following year.

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2001
FIS Nordic WSC 2001 poster.jpg
Official logo for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2001.
Host cityLahti, Finland
Events18
Opening ceremony15 February
Closing ceremony25 February
Main venueSalpausselkä
WebsiteLahti2001.fi
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Men's cross countryEdit

1 km individual sprintEdit

February 21. 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Tor Arne Hetland (NOR)
Silver   Cristian Zorzi (ITA)
Bronze   Håvard Solbakken (NOR)

15 km classicalEdit

February 15, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Per Elofsson (SWE) 39:26.0
Silver   Mathias Fredriksson (SWE) 39:42.5
Bronze   Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset (NOR) 39:43.3

Finnish skier Jari Isometsä finished fourth, but was disqualified for using plasma expanders.

10 km + 10 km combined pursuitEdit

February 17, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Per Elofsson (SWE) 47:15.5
Silver   Johann Mühlegg (ESP) 47:42.0
Bronze   Vitaly Denisov (RUS) 47:49.5

Finland's Jari Isometsä finished second, but was disqualified for using of plasma expanders.

30 km classicalEdit

February 19, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Andrus Veerpalu (EST) 1:14:17.9
Silver   Frode Estil (NOR) 1:14:18.1
Bronze   Mikhail Ivanov (RUS) 1:14:49.1

50 km freestyleEdit

February 25, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Johann Mühlegg (ESP) 2:05:27.2
Silver   René Sommerfeldt (GER) 2:07:23.4
Bronze   Sergey Kriyanin (RUS) 2:07:28.4

4 × 10 km relayEdit

February 22, 2001

Medal Team Time
Gold   Norway (Frode Estil, Odd-Bjørn Hjelmeset, Thomas Alsgaard, Tor Arne Hetland) 1:36:42.0
Silver   Sweden (Urban Lindgren, Mathias Fredriksson, Magnus Ingesson, Per Elofsson) 1:37:24.7
Bronze   Germany (Jens Filbrich, Andreas Schlütter, Ron Spanuth, René Sommerfeldt) 1:37:30.0

The Finnish team finished first, but was disqualified when Janne Immonen, Mika Myllylä and Harri Kirvesniemi tested positive for doping.

Women's cross countryEdit

1 km individual sprintEdit

February 21, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Pirjo Manninen (FIN)
Silver   Kati Sundqvist (FIN)
Bronze   Yuliya Chepalova (RUS)

10 km classicalEdit

February 20, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Bente Skari (NOR) 26:55.5
Silver   Olga Danilova (RUS) 27:08.4
Bronze   Larisa Lazutina (RUS) 27:27.0

5 km + 5 km combined pursuitEdit

February 18, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) 28:06.1
Silver   Larisa Lazutina (RUS) 28:08.9
Bronze   Olga Danilova (RUS) 28:09.3

15 km classicalEdit

February 15, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Bente Skari (NOR) 43:54.8
Silver   Olga Danilova (RUS) 44:02.5
Bronze   Kaisa Varis (FIN) 44:57.5

4 × 5 km relayEdit

February 23, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Russia (Olga Danilova, Larisa Lazutina, Yuliya Chepalova, Nina Gavrylyuk) 53:01.6
Silver   Norway (Anita Moen, Bente Skari, Elin Nilsen, Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen) 54:01.9
Bronze   Italy (Gabriella Paruzzi, Sabina Valbusa, Stefania Belmondo, Cristina Paluselli) 54:23.3

The Finnish relay team finished second, but was disqualified when Milla Jauho and Virpi Kuitunen were tested positive for doping.

Men's Nordic combinedEdit

7.5 km sprintEdit

February 24, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Marco Baacke (GER) 19:40.2
Silver   Samppa Lajunen (FIN) 19:46.5
Bronze   Ronny Ackermann (GER) 19:50.0

15 km Individual GundersenEdit

February 15, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Bjarte Engen Vik (NOR) 39:26.7
Silver   Samppa Lajunen (FIN) 40:31.3
Bronze   Felix Gottwald (AUT) 40:37.0

Vik becomes the first repeat world champion in this event since Oddbjørn Hagen did it in 1934 and 1935.

4 × 5 km teamEdit

February 20, 2001

Medal Athlete Time
Gold   Norway (Kenneth Bråten, Sverre Rotevatn, Bjarte Engen Vik, Kristian Hammer) 48:54.1
Silver   Austria (Christoph Eugen, Mario Stecher, David Kreiner, Felix Gottwald) 49:05.0
Bronze   Finland (Jari Mantila, Hannu Manninen, Jaakko Tallus, Samppa Lajunen) 49:23.6

Men's ski jumpingEdit

Individual normal hillEdit

February 23, 2001

Medal Athlete Points
Gold   Adam Małysz (POL) 246.0
Silver   Martin Schmitt (GER) 233.0
Bronze   Martin Höllwarth (AUT) 223.0

Individual large hillEdit

February 19, 2001

Medal Athlete Points
Gold   Martin Schmitt (GER) 276.3
Silver   Adam Małysz (POL) 273.5
Bronze   Janne Ahonen (FIN) 267.4

Team normal hillEdit

February 25, 2001

Medal Team Points
Gold   Austria (Wolfgang Loitzl, Andreas Goldberger, Stefan Horngacher, Martin Höllwarth) 953.5
Silver   Finland (Matti Hautamäki, Risto Jussilainen, Ville Kantee, Janne Ahonen) 951.5
Bronze   Germany (Sven Hannawald, Michael Uhrmann, Alexander Herr, Martin Schmitt) 911.5

Team large hillEdit

February 21, 2001

Medal Athlete Points
Gold   Germany (Sven Hannawald, Michael Uhrmann, Alexander Herr, Martin Schmitt) 939.8
Silver   Finland (Risto Jussilainen, Jani Soininen, Ville Kantee, Janne Ahonen) 900.2
Bronze   Austria (Andreas Goldberger, Wolfgang Loitzl, Martin Höllwarth, Stefan Horngacher) 880.2

Doping controversyEdit

The 2001 Doping Scandal in Lahti (sv) saw six Finnish cross-country skiers testing positive for doping, referred to as the "Lahti Six".[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

On 18 February, Jari Isometsä tested positive for use of hydroxyethyl starch (HES), a banned blood plasma expander. The test was carried out after the 15 km classical race, before the 10+10 km pursuit where Isometsä placed second. Isometsä admitted to using the HES product Hemohes and was immediately suspended.[9]

The Finnish relay teams won gold in the men's race and silver in the women's race. However, it was revealed on 25 February, the last day of the championships, that Janne Immonen also had tested positive for using HES. This led to the disqualification of the men's relay team (Norway thus won the gold medal). After further testing, four more cross-country skiers provided positive doping tests: Harri Kirvesniemi and Mika Myllylä, Milla Jauho and Virpi Kuitunen. The Finnish women's relay team was thus also disqualified, although Kuitunen was allowed to retain her gold medal in the 5+5 km pursuit. Kirvesniemi retired while the others served two year suspensions. The revelations led to the resignation of the medical staff of the cross-country team, including leading doctor Kari-Pekka Kyrö.

Coinciding with the doping tests, Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat revealed on 26 February that a woman had found a suspicious bag on a petrol station near Helsinki Airport. The bag contained several vials with what was later revealed to be HES-products and other products such as adrenaline and asthma medicines. The incident occurred after the last World Cup races before the championships, held in Otepää in Estonia only a week before the opening.[10]

This incident, along with the doping disqualifications of Olga Danilova, Larisa Lazutina, and Johann Mühlegg at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and Kaisa Varis at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2003 in Val di Fiemme, would force the International Olympic Committee and the International Ski Federation to tighten up their drug testing procedures. Incidentally, all of these skiers took individual medals during the 2001 championships. Varis was also part of the disqualified Finnish women's relay team in 2001, although she retained an individual bronze medal.

Doping concerns were also strongly mentioned at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Medal tableEdit

Medal winners by nation.

  *   Host nation (Finland)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Norway (NOR)62210
2  Germany (GER)3238
3  Finland (FIN)*25310
4  Sweden (SWE)2204
5  Russia (RUS)13610
6  Austria (AUT)1135
7  Poland (POL)1102
  Spain (ESP)1102
9  Estonia (EST)1001
10  Italy (ITA)0112
Totals (10 nations)18181854

ReferencesEdit

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  9. ^ https://www.nrk.no/sport/den-hemmelige-saunakontrakten-som-skulle-skjule-finsk-doping-1.13298777
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