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She subsequently added four medals at the 1993 World Championship and had been named World Cup champion. In short, she was the world’s dominant female cross-country skier – but could she maintain that brilliance in Lillehammer?
The answer, emphatically, was yes. She started with a strong showing in the 15km, finishing second to Italian Manuela Di Centa. The two athletes went head-to-head once again in the 5km – a high-intensity race that saw the two women battle it out for top spot on the podium. This time, Yegorova took the gold, crossing the finishing line nearly 20 secs quicker than her rival.
There was a brief respite before the two resumed their rivalry in the pursuit. Having set the fastest time in the classic 5km, Yegorova held a strong advantage and, despite seeing Di Centa cut her lead, she took her second gold with a lead of eight secs.