CANMORE, Canada — Marjo Matikainen of Finland took the lead at the 4-kilometer mark and held on to win the women's 5-kilometer cross-country ski race Wednesday, ending by a mere 1.3 seconds the Soviet dominance of the Nordic events of the Winter Olympics.
Matikainen covered the twisting, hilly course at Canmore Nordic Center in 15 minutes, 4.0 seconds for her second medal of the Games. She was third in the women's 10K earlier in the week. Tamara Tikhonova of the Soviet Union was second in 15:05.3, and teammate Vida Ventsene, the winner of the 10K, was third in 15:11.1.
Matikainen and Ventsene were the first double medalists of the Games.
"I didn't have a very good warmup in the morning," the 23-year-old Matikainen said. "But one kilometer into the race I felt it went quite smoothly.
"On the last kilometer, I had enough energy to finish the race real well. But I was so tired. I remember seeing the red finish line. After that I don't remember anything."