10 things you need to know about Cross Country Skiing at the Soci 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Laura Cross-country Ski and Biathlon Center
Gold medals on offer: 12
Dates: Saturday February 8 – Sunday February 23
Waxing: Comes in two types, either for gliding or for gripping
Quick Change: In the pursuit, where skiers move from classic technique and equipment to freestyle
Mass Start: The event where skiers begin all at the same time
No athlete has won more medals at an Olympic Winter Games than the Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie. Between Albertville 1992 and Nagano 1998, Daehlie won eight golds and 12 medals in all to sit top of the all-time list.
On eight of the cross-country skiing days, biathlon competitions also will be taking place. The cross-country skiing and biathlon courses have their own start and finish areas, and the seating area has enough room for 9,600 spectators.