Russian cross-country skiers Svetlana Konovalova, Alena Kaufman, Nikolay Polukhin and Elena Remizova were awarded medals for their winning performances in the 4x2.5km mixed relay, winning Russia’s 26th gold medal of the Games. The silver medal went to Sweden, and the bronze to the Norwegian team.
At the first stage of the race Tino Uhlig of Germany was in the lead, followed by Helene Ripa of Sweden and Svetlana Konovalova of Russia. Konovalova then passed the baton to Alena Kaufman in third place. Kaufman finished seventh, trailing by one minute. The three leaders in the second stage were Wilhelm Brem of Germany, Zebastian Modin of Sweden in second, and Nils-Erik Ulset of Norway in third.
In the third stage, Elena Remizova of Russia closed the gap between the front runner, Anatolii Kovalevskyi of Ukraine, who was first to pass the baton to the final skier, Oleksandra Kononova. Trailing her by 6.5 seconds was Zebastian Modin of Sweden, by 20.8 seconds was Eirik Bye of Norway, and Wilhelm Brem of Germany was 25.2 seconds behind the leader. In fifth place was Nikolay Polukhin, who then chased for a spot on the podium. He managed to pull from behind by 36.3 seconds and finish 8 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer, Modin of Sweden.
In the mixed relay, Russia finished with a time of 27 minutes and 25.6 seconds, and won the country’s 26th gold medal. The relay’s silver medal winning team, Sweden, finished in 27 minutes and 44.3 seconds. Norway completed the race in 27 minutes and 53.6 seconds, winning the bronze medal.