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February 27 2006

That ended the XX Winter Olympic Games commemorative. The organizers of the Turin Games have tried to make a closing ceremony memorable battles as participants and spectators on both sides of the TV screen, what is more than succeeded. A new page was written in the history of sport - because the game gave the world a new constellation of both victors and losers.

Let's start with the "fly in the ointment." Of course, the main loser of games should be recognized team of Finland as a whole. The country, which is among the monsters of "White Olympics", this time received no "gold." It included the famous ski jumper Janne Ahonen and dvoeborets and Hannu Manninen, each of whom was able to shine more than once. However, in Turin, they were his own shadow of themselves, and their failures "infect" the rest. The last hope of Finns have players who are the favorites before the tournament was not considered, but in Turin, they won at all in a row. But not sworn rivals from Sweden and not in the final. So the great Finnish forward Teemu Selanne did not manage to get the first international trophy in his career.

Second on the list is Norway failed. Country, which won in Salt Lake City 12 (!) Gold medals, this time to settle for two. Completely flubbed performance skiers, led by Women's World Cup leader Marit Bjoergen and biathlon, where the first violin was playing great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. Several medals he still received, but evidently not the merits. Nothing has been able to do the Norwegians or the ski or in the biathlon relay. However, unlike its neighbors from Finland, Norway, after saving two people who are not very much and hoped for. Nesolono-handed left home and skaters. So, jumping from 90-meter ski jump, former drug addict has won Lars Byustel and skiing super-G - Olympic champion still in 1992 Chetil Andre Omodt.

However, the third representative of the Nordic countries - Sweden's team - made is beyond praise. After two consecutive Olympics without single "gold" "Tre krunur" gave the fans just seven wins. The Swedes won the entire ski sprint, and skier Anja Persson out of the shadows Yanitsa Croat Kostelic to win the coveted medal in the special slalom. Finally, the mansion is worth winning hockey. Four years ago, the Swedes looked stronger opponents, but the ridiculous goal of Belarusians stopped them in the quarterfinals. And Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin and Nicklas Lidstrom, already 10 years constitute the glory of not only Swedish, but also overseas hockey, taking revenge for the humiliation of the Salt Lake City.

The next two countries should be particularly noted. The fact that they have accumulated substantial reserve medal by just one sport. Thus, South Korea won the only short track, but how to win - six gold medals out of eight possible. She left far behind its neighbors in Japan and China, having received the right to be first in winter sports among the Asian powers. The whole "gold" because of rain fell and the skiers on our neighboring Estonia. Two victories in the first race became Queen Christina Shmigun Ski Turin, and the victory Andrus Veerpalu and forced the authorities at all Baltic countries seriously worry for the safety of the public treasury.

For a separate team of Austria, who became chief and brawler, and one of the major victors of games. Still continues to discuss the scandal connected with the appearance in the camp of the team put out of the Olympics due to doping scandal biathlon coach Walter Mayer.Following him from Turin to urgently leave the biathletes Wolfgang Perner and Wolfgang Rottmann, and the entire Austrian delegation came under suspicion by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Athletes are constantly pulled, but they responded well wishers, as no one of them had not expected - nine gold medals.

Of course, the Austrians have always been good. Yes, the skiing has always been residents of the alpine element of the country, and because very few people surprised that there were kings, Benjamin Raich and Michaela Dorfmeister. However, what is happening on the 120-meter springboard young Thomas Morgenstern and Andreas Kofler, except the show is not called. Leaps far beyond the 130 meters, they did not give opponents chances of any team, either in individual competition, leaving the others fighting for third place. Something unimaginable created and experienced dvoeborets Felix Gottwald, to which the label stuck forever the third. First, he helped his partner to take the gold medal in team competition, and then no one left chance in the sprint race.

Confirmed its high level team of Germany. Four years ago she had 12 gold medals now - 11. Triumphantly made biathletes - Michael Grice won in Turin three times, and experienced Sven Fischer finally became an Olympic champion in the individual competitions. Looked great and Kati Wilhelm, but teammate could not support her pryti, making Germans lost the baton. No chance to not let any rivals in party or in the quadruple bobsledder Andre Lange, entered the club specially selected triple Olympic champion in the sport. Magnificent were also German and sanochnitsy bobsleistki, bringing opponents car and small truck.

In his power and made two North American teams - the United States and Canada. As expected, the Americans got their "duty" medal in snowboarding, and Canadians - in the women's hockey. Very nice they looked at the skating track, an amazing success divided by gender. If the Americans have won only men (Joey Cheek, Shani Davis and Chad Henrik), then the Canadians - women (Cindy Klassen and Clara Hughes). However, all of them as "gold" expect, which is not true about Americans Ted Ligeti and Julia Mancuso, who are assumed not to the major favorites in the slopes. Was not the favorite in the ski sprint and Canadian Chandra Crawford. So the nine gold medals from the U.S. and seven - in Canada must instill in them optimism before the Games in Vancouver.

Do not forget the hosts the Olympics. Italian fans are constantly tossed it in the hot and cold. Thus, from the leader of the World Cup special slalom Giorgio Rocchi and Chiara konkobezhki Simonato, as well as the dance duo Barbara Fuzar Poli - Maurizio Margalit were only waiting for victory, but never received anything. Empty efforts were all Italian ski team, which is hardly once left the Olympics without medals. At the same time speed skater Enrico Fabris was a real eye-opener for opponents, winning and personal, and team gold, and yes even "seasoned" to "bronze". The sensation was a complete victory in the Italian ski relay race, finish well and winning at a distance of 50 kilometers in the last day of Giorgio Di Cento long will the balm to the soul for the Italians and the "cold shower" for the Russians. It is curious that among the 11 Italian awards and have found no place for "silver."

Highlighted two more losers Olympics. It is a French-Norwegian biathlon star married couple Raphael and Liv-Grete Poiree. How many in their family piggy World Cups, world championships gold medals, but the Olympic gold was not a single one.Nothing came of them in Turin, and now they go down in history of world sport as the couple losers Olympics. It's good that the French Defran Vincent and Florence Baverel-Robert sweeten the pill by their victories French fans of biathlon. Compatriots Liv-Grete console themselves had nothing. Also, there is nothing to comfort himself and the famous ski jumper from Poland and the Czech Republic Adam Malysz and Yakubu Yande. Failed to win anything, and one of the favorites in the competition skaters Sven Kramer. Although the 20-year Dutchman all ahead.

But there was one athlete, a dream come true. Two consecutive Olympics Czech skier Kateřina Neumannová she stamped prizes in freestyle races, but "gold" did not come. Did not work she and the Turin duathlon, after which she picked up a cold. It seemed that the dream of a gold medal will never be realized. So sick Neumannová goes on the road 30-km race. It is close to the leaders, but at the finish Julia Chepalova and Pole Justyna Kowalczyk seemingly started to run away from it. And then at the finish Neumannová finds the strength to spurtovat with such speed that was not expecting anyone. Of course, Russian fans were hurt, but we have to admit that the Lord gave Czech woman in her very considerable merit. Thus, the list of great Olympic loser decreased by one name.

About the outcome statements in Turin, the Russian team read tomorrow.

Extinguished the fire in Turin, after four years its doors to participants XXI Winter Games will open Canada's Vancouver. However, next year, Russians will remember the White Olympics: Our resort of Sochi is considered one of the favorites for the Olympic race in 2014. Despite more than a hundred only gold medals at the Winter Games, our country would not accept these terms, so long deserved to do so. The odds are there, even if the main competitor of Sochi - the birthplace of Mozart's Salzburg - and is a very serious contender. After all, if we want, we will succeed - and win at the Olympics, and hold it at the highest level.

See picture stories Laughter and Tears in Turin .

Farewell, Torino!


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