The Russian Olympic Committee blew away the rest of the field to win the gold medal in the men’s 4x10km cross-country skiing relay in a time of 1:54:50.7, one minute and 7.2 seconds ahead of runners-up Norway.
The ROC dominated from the start and Sergey Ustiugov was able to celebrate down the finishing straight knowing there was nobody to catch him.
“We were aiming for this. We tried to achieve it, and for several years, we haven’t been able to,” said the ROC’s Alexey Chervotkin.
“Today, everything aligned. Everything was super. The weather seemed to be hard and there was snow, but it was in our favor so everything was great.”
Asked how it felt to lift the gold, Chervotkin said, “Super. At the moment, I have not realized it yet. I need time. But this is very cool.”
Norway came in a relatively distant second to secure silver and France took home bronze.