Support The Moscow Times!

Cross-Country Relay Wins Sweden First Olympic Gold

Sweden snatched gold in a tense sprint finish to the women's cross-country skiing 4x5km relay at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday.

Coming into the final bend, Sweden's Charlotte Kalla was level with the final-leg skiers for Finland and Germany before carving down the inside and sprinting for the line.

Krista Lahteenmaki of Finland briefly fell behind Germany's Denis Herrmann in the final 100 meters but recovered to take the silver medal, 0.5 seconds behind Kalla and 0.4 ahead of Herrmann.

The gold medal capped a stunning comeback for the Swedes, who had been almost 26 seconds off the Finns before Kalla posted the fastest leg of the race.

Coming into the race, Sweden had not once won gold in Sochi, having amassed five silver and two bronze medals in cross-country skiing. Kalla now has a gold medal and two silvers from the Sochi Games.

Finland was narrowly denied its first Winter Olympic gold medal since 2002.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

As the only remaining independent, English-language news source reporting from Russia, The Moscow Times plays a critical role in connecting Russia to the world.

Editorial decisions are made entirely by journalists in our newsroom, who adhere to the highest ethical standards. We fearlessly cover issues that are often considered off-limits or taboo in Russia, from domestic violence and LGBT issues to the climate crisis and a secretive nuclear blast that exposed unknowing doctors to radiation.

As we approach the holiday season, please consider making a one-time donation — or better still a recurring donation — to The Moscow Times to help us continue producing vital, high-quality journalism about the world’s largest country.