Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS)
Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS)


In 2x7.5k women's skiathlon race Russian Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer) made a podium. In men's 30k skiathlon Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated victory followed by four Russians.
Tchekaleva in good shape, Kowalczyk abandonned
Due to extreme weather condition with heavy snowfall and a lot of deep snow on track skiathlon race went different than else: The ladies stayed together up to ski exchange not least because of the high altitude and deep snow until Kristin Stoermer Steira (NOR) escaped soon after the ski exchange. Runner-up became Russin Yulia Tchekaleva after a great performance during the whole race, 19 seconds back. The Russian edged out two opponents in the final stretch. Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) came in sixth. Olga Mikhailova and Natalia Zhukova (both RUS, Fischer) finished ninth and tenth. The original top favorite Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) stayed in the leading position during the first kilometres but same as in sprint she obviously struggled with the high altitude and resigned after six kilometres.

Cologna destroyes Russian hopes
Dario Cologna secured victory in 15+15k skiathlon in Sochi. Up to the ski exchange a group of almost 50 athletes was together, after the exchange more and more athletes dropped back. At the last uphill it was Dario Cologna's moment: The Swiss attacked and opened a gap to his opponents which was big enough to secure victory. Cheering he crossed the line ahead of a Russian trio who fighted for the podium. Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer) missed out behind his compatriots finishing fourth. Evgeniy Belov (RUS, Fischer) came in fifth ahead of Tobias Angerer (GER, Fischer skis and boots) and Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA, Fischer skis and boots). Roland Clara (ITA, Fischer skis and boots) finished eighth, tenth went to Maurice Manificat (FRA, Fischer skis and boots).

2x7,5k Skiathlon Women, Sochi (RUS):
1. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.46.17,70
2. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.46.36,90
3. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.46.37,60
4. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.46.38,00
5. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.46.47,50
6. Anne Kyllönen
FIN 00.46.49,20
7. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.46.55,00
8. Elizabeth Stephen
USA 00.47.03,00
9. Olga Mikhailova
RUS 00.47.15,70
10. Natalia Zhukova
RUS 00.47.17,30
11. Aurore Jean
FRA 00.47.22,30
12. Julia Ivanova
RUS 00.47.25,50
13. Mariya Guschina
RUS 00.47.26,10
14. Tetyana Antypenko
UKR 00.47.34,50
15. Alija Iksanova
RUS 00.47.39,20
2x15km Skiathlon Herren, Sochi (RUS):
1. Dario Cologna
SUI 01.21.00,00
2. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 01.21.01,60
3. Alexander Legkov
RUS 01.21.01,80
4. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 01.21.02,20
5. Evgeniy Belov
RUS 01.21.07,50
6. Tobias Angerer
GER 01.21.10,00
7. Jean Marc Gaillard
FRA 01.21.10,60
8. Roland Clara
ITA 01.21.12,00
9. Nikolay Khokhryakov
RUS 01.21.15,80
10. Maurice Manificat
FRA 01.21.16,60
11. Vladislav Skobelev
RUS 01.21.21,80
12. Petter jr Northug
NOR 01.21.22,90
13. Niklas Dyrhaug
NOR 01.21.24,30
14. Curdin Perl
SUI 01.21.30,50
15. Konstantin Glavatskikh
RUS 01.21.31,60