Torino Olympics Champs And Chomps

Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Olympic flag raised in Vancouver
The Olympic flag was presented to Vancouver's Mayor Sam Sullivan on Sunday during the closing ceremony of the Torino Games. On Tuesday, it was raised at the Vancouver City Hall mast. The flag was placed into a special attachment on Sullivan’s wheelchair by International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge.

Read more in the Associated Press story via - Olympic flag raised in Vancouver for '10 Games
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Sunday, February 26, 2006
Torino Olympics - one of the best Winter Games, but maybe not perfect...
So the 2006 Torino Winter Olympic Games are over. They ended with a circus-burlesque-musical spectacle in front of over 35,000 spectators gathered at the stadium and millions watching on TV all over the world.

The Games were organized pretty well by the Italian hosts (IOC Chairman, Rogge: “These were truly magnificent games. We say a heartfelt thank you to Italy, Piedmont and Turin"). There was no problem with security. There was only one confirmed doping case - Russian biathlete Olga Pyleva was stripped of a silver medal after testing positive for a banned stimulant during the first week. There is still open doping case involving the Austrian cross-country and biathlon teams, in which police raided their living quarters and the IOC conducted surprise drug tests on 10 athletes. The tests came back negative, but the IOC and Italian police are continuing their investigations.

Like every other Olympic Games, the Torino Olympics also had some spectacular performances by a number of great athletes and possibly the same number of failures.

Cindy Klassen, a Canadian speedskater who won five medals, including one gold, two silver and two bronze, was called by the Chairman Rogge “the woman of the games.” But there were many multiple-medal athletes at these Games.

Among men, Ahn Hyun-soo of South Korea, short-track speedskater won 3 gold and 1 bronze. Michael Greis of Germany won 3 gold in biathlon. Nine more men got at least 3 medals.

Among women, Cindy Klassen with her 5 medals was in the class of her own. No woman won 4 medals, but there were six of them who won at least three medals. Jin Sun-yu of South Korea got 3 gold medals in short track.

See the whole listing of the Torino Games' multiple medal winners prepared by the

The biggest upsets? Bode Miller of the USA and most of the American Alpine skiing squad, the American women's hockey team, the Canadian men's hockey team and the Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen despite winning 2 silver and 1 bronze - much less than 4 gold in Salt Lake City.

More was expected of the whole Norwegian team - they got only 19 medals in Torino and still have the most with total of 283, but only two of the medals this year were gold. Germany won the medal competition this year with 29 overall and 11 golds, but they are not too happy - they expected more... The Americans were second - with 25 medals overall and nine of them gold. Austria also had nine gold, giving the best showing in its long Winter Games history with 23 medals overall. That was somewhat overshadowed by the doping scandal, including a police raid and unannounced doping tests that targeted some of its cross-country skiers and biathletes. However that small country is extremely proud of a record 14 medals in Alpine skiing, including a medal sweep in the men’s slalom.

Estonia is another small and very proud country, which won three gold medals — in men’s and women’s cross-country skiing.

The biggest positive surprise was Canada. It increased the medal gain from 17 in Salt Lake City to 24 in Torino that included seven gold medals and five by speedskater Cindy Klassen - the most by any athlete. Canada has “Own the Podium” plan to finish No. 1 during the next games in 2010 it will be hosting in Vancouver.

There were a number of other countries with their best Winter Games - Sweden with 14 medals, and China and South Korea with 11 each.

There were many breakthroughs during the Torino Olympics. Tanja Poutiainen's silver in women’s giant slalom gave Finland its first medal in Alpine skiing. Shizuka Arakawa, who almost retired before the Games, came to Torino and surprised everybody with her elegant free skate, winning for Japan its first gold medal in figure skating. Slovakia won its first winter medal - Radoslav Zidek took silver in snowboardcross. Finally, another tiny country - Latvia got its first winter medal too - a bronze, which went to Martins Rubenis in luge.

Good bye, Torino. Welcome to Vancouver!

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Torino Winter Olympic Champions And Medalists - Feb. 26, 2006 (final day)
Everybody expected the Czechs and the Canadians playing for the men's hockey gold, but instead it was all-Nordic final. The best Sweden’s players did deliver and helped immensely their team to win the tournament. In the final game, Sweden won 3-2 over its arch-rival - Finland and got well deserved gold medal. Surprisingly, Swedish hockey program became the best in the world, as their men won the gold and women won the silver.

The last day of the Games eneded nicely for the host country. In cross-country skiing - 50K free mass start Giorgio di Centa of Italy won gold medal.


Ice hockey - Men's

Gold Sweden
Silver Finland
Bronze Czech Republic

Cross-country skiing - 50K free, mass start

Gold Giorgio di Centa, Italy
Silver Eugeni Dementiev, Russia
Bronze Mikhail Botvinov, Austria

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