Speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics – Women's team pursuit

The women's team pursuit competition at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, began on 15 February at Oval Lingotto. The team pursuit consisted of a qualifying round, then a series of elimination races, with the winners of the elimination races progressing to the next round of the 'knockout phase'.[1]

Women's team pursuit
at the XX Olympic Winter Games
Speed skating pictogram.svg
Pictogram for speed skating
VenueOval Lingotto
Dates15–16 February
Competitors35 from 8 nations
Winning time3:01.25
Medalists
1st place, gold medalist(s)  Germany
Daniela Anschütz-Thoms, Anni Friesinger, Lucille Opitz, Claudia Pechstein, Sabine Völker
2nd place, silver medalist(s)  Canada
Kristina Groves, Clara Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Christine Nesbitt, Shannon Rempel
3rd place, bronze medalist(s)  Russia
Yekaterina Abramova, Varvara Barysheva, Galina Likhachova, Yekaterina Lobysheva, Svetlana Vysokova
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Each race was skated by two teams of three skaters, over a distance of six 400-metre laps (2400 metres total). The three skaters of a team were allowed to change order at any time, but the team's final time was always recorded when the third skater crossed the finishing line. If two teams started simultaneously on opposite sides of the track, and if one team managed to overtake the other before the full distance, the overtaking team was immediately declared the winner.[2]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   GER 2:56.04 Calgary, Canada 13 November 2005 [3]
Olympic record None (debut sport) None

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.


Date[3] Event Team Time OR WR
15 February Heat 1   Norway
Annette Bjelkevik
Hedvig Bjelkevik
Maren Haugli
3:06.34 OR
15 February Heat 3   Russia
Yekaterina Abramova
Galina Likhachova
Yekaterina Lobysheva
3:05.93 OR
15 February Quarterfinals   Canada
Kristina Groves
Cindy Klassen
Christine Nesbitt
3:01.24 OR

ResultsEdit

 
Anni Friesinger after winning the gold medal

Teams had to select three skaters for each round of the team pursuit, but all skaters who participated in at least one round earned a medal, and are mentioned in the overall results below.

Rank[3] Team
    Germany
Daniela Anschütz-Thoms
Anni Friesinger
Lucille Opitz
Claudia Pechstein
Sabine Völker
    Canada
Kristina Groves
Clara Hughes
Cindy Klassen
Christine Nesbitt
Shannon Rempel
    Russia
Yekaterina Abramova
Varvara Barysheva
Galina Likhachova
Yekaterina Lobysheva
Svetlana Vysokova
4   Japan
Eriko Ishino
Nami Nemoto
Hiromi Otsu
Maki Tabata
5   United States
Margaret Crowley
Maria Lamb
Catherine Raney
Jennifer Rodriguez
Amy Sannes
6   Netherlands
Renate Groenewold
Moniek Kleinsman
Gretha Smit
Paulien van Deutekom
Ireen Wüst
7   Norway
Annette Bjelkevik
Hedvig Bjelkevik
Maren Haugli
8   China
Ji Jia
Wang Fei
Zhang Xiaolei

HeatsEdit

Rank[3] Team Time Notes
1   Russia
Yekaterina Abramova
Varvara Barysheva
Svetlana Vysokova
3:03.19 OR
2   Norway
Annette Bjelkevik
Hedvig Bjelkevik
Maren Haugli
3:06.34 [1]
3   Canada
Kristina Groves
Clara Hughes
Shannon Rempel
3:06.45
4   Netherlands
Renate Groenewold
Moniek Kleinsman
Gretha Smit
3:06.67
5   Germany
Daniela Anschütz-Thoms
Lucille Opitz
Sabine Völker
3:07.07
6   United States
Margaret Crowley
Maria Lamb
Amy Sannes
3:07.83
7   Japan
Nami Nemoto
Hiromi Otsu
Maki Tabata
3:08.34
8   China
Ji Jia
Wang Fei
Zhang Xiaolei
3:18.24

^ 1:  The team from Norway briefly held the Olympic record time. The Norwegians set the record with the fastest time of the first heat, before Russia posted the fastest time in the final heat

Knockout roundEdit

QuarterfinalsEdit

SemifinalsEdit

FinalsEdit

Four finals determined the final finishing order, with the two semifinal winners meeting for gold, and the two semifinal losers racing for bronze. To determine places five-through-eight, the four quarterfinal losers were ranked by their time in the quarterfinal race, with the fastest loser matched up against the second-fastest for fifth, and the two slowest for seventh.

Final A (gold medal)
Seed[3] Team Time Notes
3   Canada
Kristina Groves
Clara Hughes
Christine Nesbitt
3:02.91  
2   Germany
Daniela Anschütz-Thoms
Anni Friesinger
Claudia Pechstein
3:01.25  
Final B (bronze medal)
Seed[3] Team Time Notes
1   Russia
Yekaterina Abramova
Yekaterina Lobysheva
Svetlana Vysokova
Overtook  
7   Japan
Eriko Ishino
Nami Nemoto
Maki Tabata
Overtaken
Final C (5th place)
Seed[3] Team Time Notes
4   Netherlands
Gretha Smit
Paulien van Deutekom
Ireen Wüst
3:05.62
6   United States
Margaret Crowley
Maria Lamb
Catherine Raney
3:04.22
Final D (7th place)
Seed[3] Team Time Notes
2   Norway
Annette Bjelkevik
Hedvig Bjelkevik
Maren Haugli
3:06.20
8   China
Ji Jia
Wang Fei
Zhang Xiaolei
3:06.91

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Speed Skating at the 2006 Torino Winter Games: Women's Team Pursuit". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ "ISU Special Regulations & Technical Rules – Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating 2008" (PDF). International Skating Union. June 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 30, 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Torino 2006 Official Report – Speed Skating" (PDF). Torino Organizing Committee. LA84 Foundation. March 2009. Retrieved 20 May 2009.