OlympicsRacingOlympic Gold For Dementiev

FasterSkier FasterSkierFebruary 12, 2006

With a huge lead group still right together at the 25km mark, the men's 2x15km Olympic pursuit race suddenly blew apart in the last few kilometers as Sweden's Anders Sodegren and Italians Pietro Piller Cottrer and Giorgio Di Centa put forth an incredible effort on the last major climbs.

Sodegren hammered out a devastating pace on the last huge climb, which left most of the lead group trailing and only the two Italians were able to stay relatively close. Heading into the big downhill towards the stadium however, the Italians' stunningly fast skis overtook Sodegren, who still managed to hang on as they approached the finish.

Then, out of nowhere came 23-year-old Eugeni Dementiev of Russia, who put on an unbelievable kick in the last 400 meters to catch up to–and quickly overtake–the three leaders. Dementiev surged to the front in the stadium to take the first 2006 Olympic Gold in men's cross country, as Norwegian star Frode Estil, who made a similar late appearance after overcoming a broken ski that cost him 45 seconds at the start of the race, fought his way through to silver medal position at the line. The host nation, Italy, had a lot to cheer about as well with Piller Cottrer hanging on for a bronze medal ahead of his teammate Di Centa.

Sweden's Sodegren had to settle for fifth, while some of the pre-race favorites Vincent Vittoz (France–6th) and World Cup leader Tobias Angerer (Germany–12th) never found the climbing power to position themselves near the front for the final sprint. Canadian racer Ivan Babikov, skiing for his home country of Russia, achieved an excellent 13th place, only 16.4 seconds behind Dementiev.

The top U.S. skier was Carl Swenson in 40th, over four minutes back, while Andrew Johnson was close behind in 43rd. Also competing for USA were James Southam (44th) and Lars Flora (46th.) The Canadian men fared better with George Grey skiing right on the lead pack until the last few kilometers, ending up a little over two minutes back in 26th. Dan Roycroft was 39th, Drew Goldsack 57th and Chris Jeffries 62nd.

Olympic Results – Men's 2x15km Pursuit:
http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=CC&raceid=10689

1	RUS	DEMENTIEV Eugeni  	 	17:00.8	-- 
2	NOR	ESTIL Frode  	 	17:01.4	0.6
3	ITA	PILLER COTTRER Pietro  	 	17:01.7	0.9
4	ITA	DI CENTA Giorgio  	 	17:03.2	2.4
5	SWE	SOEDERGREN Anders  	 	17:04.3	3.5
6	FRA	VITTOZ Vincent  	 	17:07.5	6.7
7	AUT	BOTWINOV Mikhail  	 	17:08.5	7.7
8	SVK	BAJCICAK Martin  	 	17:08.7	7.9
9	KAZ	ODNODVORTSEV Maxim  	 	17:09.6	8.8
10	CZE	BAUER Lukas  	 	17:10.1	9.3
11	LIE	HASLER Markus  	 	17:10.9	10.1
12	GER	ANGERER Tobias  	 	17:12.5	11.7
13	RUS	BABIKOV Ivan  	 	17:17.2	16.4
14	CZE	MAGAL Jiri  	 	17:21.7	20.9
15	SWE	FREDRIKSSON Mathias  	 	17:23.1	22.3
16	ITA	SANTUS Fabio  	 	17:25.5	24.7
17	AUT	TAUBER Martin  	 	17:28.6	27.8
18	NOR	GJERDALEN Tord Asle  	 	17:36.2	35.4
19	ITA	CHECCHI Valerio  	 	17:37.8	37
20	EST	KOKK Kaspar  	 	17:50.8	50
21	FIN	JAUHOJARVI Sami  	 	17:58.1	57.3
22	CZE	KOUKAL Martin  	 	18:09.6	+1:08.8 
23	GER	FILBRICH Jens  	 	18:38.2	+1:37.4 
24	SWE	OLSSON Johan  	 	18:47.9	+1:47.1 
25	SVK	BATORY Ivan  	 	18:58.2	+1:57.4 
26	CAN	GREY George  	 	19:08.9	+2:08.1 
27	FRA	ROUSSELET Alexandre  	 	19:17.0	+2:16.2 
28	NOR	ANDRESEN Jan Egil  	 	19:29.8	+2:29.0 
29	NOR	AUKLAND Anders  	 	19:30.6	+2:29.8 
30	KAZ	GOLOVKO Andrey  	 	19:34.3	+2:33.5 
31	SWE	BRINK Joergen  	 	19:35.3	+2:34.5 
32	ESP	VILARRUBLA Vicente  	 	19:39.8	+2:39.0 
33	EST	REHEMAA Aivar  	 	19:51.4	+2:50.6 
34	FIN	SIMILAE Tero  	 	20:04.5	+3:03.7
35	FRA	PERRILLAT Christophe  	 	20:12.0	+3:11.2
36	CZE	SPERLMilan		20:16.7	+3:15.9
37	SUI	FISCHER Remo  	 	20:19.7	+3:18.9 
38	RUS	LEGKOV Alexander  	 	20:28.2	+3:27.4 
39	CAN	ROYCROFT Dan  	 	20:53.3	+3:52.5 
40	USA	SWENSON Carl  	 	21:08.0	+4:07.2 
41	SUI	LIVERS Toni  	 	21:08.2	+4:07.4 
42	JPN	EBISAWA Katsuhito  	 	21:16.2	+4:15.4 
43	USA	JOHNSON Andrew  	 	21:16.8	+4:16.0 
44	USA	SOUTHAM James   	 	22:05.8	+5:05.0 
45	KAZ	EREMENKO Dmitrij  	 	22:09.9	+5:09.1 
46	SLO	BRODAR Nejc  	 	22:23.9	+5:23.1 
47	UKR	GUMENYAK Mikhail  	 	22:24.6	+5:23.8 
48	ROM	ANTAL Zsolt  	 	22:29.8	+5:29.0 
49	USA	FLORA Lars  	 	22:31.2	+5:30.4 
50	UKR	LEYBYUK Roman  	 	22:31.5	+5:30.7 
51	CHN	XIA Wan  	 	22:31.7	+5:30.9 
52	RUS	ARTEEV Ivan  	 	22:36.2	+5:35.4 
53	UKR	PUTSKO Olexandr  	 	22:37.6	+5:36.8 
54	SVK	MALAK Michal  	 	23:39.9	+6:39.1 
55	ESP	RUIZ Diego  	 	24:05.5	+7:04.7 
56	SLO	MEHLE Joze  	 	24:13.6	+7:12.8 
57	CAN	GOLDSACK Drew  	 	24:14.3	+7:13.5 
58	UKR	BATYUK Alexander  	 	24:35.9	+7:35.1 
59	JPN	NARUSE Nobu  	 	25:21.3	+8:20.5 
60	SUI	BURGERMEISTER Reto  	 	25:49.9	+8:49.1 
61	KAZ	KONDROSCHEV Andrey  	 	25:51.4	+8:50.6 
62	CAN	JEFFRIES Chris  	 	26:17.0	+9:16.2 
63	CHN	REN Long  	 	26:26.4	+9:25.6 
64	ROM	GALICEANU Mihai  	 	26:31.8	+9:31.0 
65	CRO	KLOBUCAR Denis  	 	27:16.4	+10:15.6 
66	TUR	OGLAGO Sabahattin  	 	28:03.8	+11:03.0 
 	GER	SOMMERFELDT Rene  	 	DNF  	 
 	FRA	JONNIER Emmanuel  	 	DNF  	 
 	JPN	KOMAMURA Shunsuke  	 	DNF  	 
 	KOR	PARK Byung Joo  	 	DNF  	 
 	CHN	HAN Dawei  	 	DNF  	 
 	KOR	CHOI Im-Heon  	 	DNF  	 
 	CHN	LI Zhiguang  	 	DNF  	 
 	KOR	JUNG Eui Myung  	 	DNF  	 
 	AND	SOULIE Francesc  	 	DNF  	 
 	BUL	BARIAKOV Ivan  	 	DNF  	 
 	FIN	OHTONEN Olli  	 	DNS  	



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