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Beijing Winter Olympics come to an end

21.02.2022 172 просмотров

The Russian team won 32 medals at the Olympics, setting a national record.


Russian fans will remember the Beijing Olympics both for the Russian record for the number of medals won, and for the performance of the skier Alexander Bolshunov, who, without exaggeration, became the hero of the Games. The decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) not to award winners of the Olympic team figure skating tournament spoiled the competition.

On the penultimate day of the Games, thanks to two awards in figure skating in the pairs competition, Russian Olympians updated the national record for the number of medals won. After silver Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, as well as bronze Anastasia Mishinaand Alexander Gallyamov, Russia has 31 medals (6 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze). Previously, the record achievement of the Russians was 29 medals at the Games in Sochi (11-9-9), and the best achievement of the USSR team is 29 medals at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary (11-9-9). On Sunday, the Russian national hockey team brought the 32nd award, taking only silver in the final match of the Olympics with the Finns.

Three of the six Russian gold medals were won by Alexander Bolshunov, a 25-year-old native of Bryansk Oblast won the skiathlon, relay race and marathon, the distance of which was reduced from 50 to 28.4 km due to weather conditions. Thus, the athlete received the unofficial title of "king of skis", which is awarded for winning one Olympics or World Championship in races at distances of 30 and 50 km. In addition, Alexander Bolshunov also won silver in the 15 km classic and finished third with Alexander Terentyev in the team sprint.

Alexander Bolshunov also became the most decorated Russian skier, winning nine medals at two Olympics and breaking the record of Nikolai Zimyatov with his five awards. Alexander Bolshunov won all major competitions (Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup totals), which none of his compatriots had previously been able to do.

It is worth noting the successful performance of the entire Russian ski team . Denis Spitsov won silver in the skiathlon, and Ivan Yakimushkin in the marathon. Alexander Terentiev became the third in the sprint, Natalia Nepryaeva won the silver medal in the skiathlon. Together with Yulia Stupakshe won bronze in the team sprint, and the women's team won gold in the relay for the first time since 2006.

Finnish obstacle

Absolutely everyone hoped that on the last day of the Games the hockey team led by Aleksey Zhamnov would take gold. This is despite the fact that the Russian national team has not had match practice since mid-January due to a wave of coronavirus, which forced the Continental Hockey League to first suspend the regular season, and then announce its early completion.

The lack of practice affected the first matches of Russians with the Swiss (1:0) and Danes (2:0), where victories were won, but the game, as everyone admitted, left much to be desired. Throughout the tournament, the team had complaints about the quality of the game in attack, game discipline, however, thanks to the character and luck, the Russian team successfully got out of difficult situations.

Alexey Zhamnov, especially in overtime. In the shootout, the Russians were close to defeat, but the team was rescued by an accurate throw by Egor Yakovlev, the goalkeeper Ivan Fedotov did not disappoint, and the Russians were led to the final by an accurate throw by Arseniy Gritsyuk< /b>.

In the decisive match, the Russians opened the score, but the Finns scored twice. They had the advantage of one puck to win the first victory in the history of their country at the Olympics.

A pleasant surprise

The silver of Russian flying skiers is one of the most unexpected results of the Beijing Olympics. The team managed to break a 54-year-long unsuccessful streak without medals in this sport - so much has passed since the victory of Vladimir Belousov at the Grenoble Games. Silver was won in the mixed team tournament, which was introduced to the Olympic program for the first time. On February 7, the historical medal was won byEvgeny Klimov,Irina Avvakumova, Danil Sadreev and Irma Makhinya.

Medal prospects loomed as a result of individual tournaments on the middle hill: Evgeny Klimov already then took fifth place (the highest for Russian skiers since 1968), Danil Sadreev - eighth. In the women's part of the competition Irina Avvakumova was the seventh, Irma Makhinya - 10th. A chance helped to achieve a historic achievement - during the competition, one by one, the judges began to punish the leading teams, removing the points they had scored. The arbitrators found that some athletes had non-conformity overalls to the established norm.

If at other international competitions officials sometimes turned a blind eye to this, then at the Olympics they decided to judge to the fullest extent - the Japanese, Norwegians, Germans and Austrians were punished. "Two or three centimeters can add up to five meters," explained the president of the Federation of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Russia Dmitry Dubrovsky. - Please note that Norwegians, Germans and Austrians are always in the top at the World Cup, and here they were put in strict conditions for equipment - and they can not cope. Probably, for the first time in recent decades, there was such a strict equipment regulation, equal for all countries. "

"We are before Beijing for two or three weeks overalls were sewn off for each athlete. Back-to-back, and a deviation of up to 0.2-0.3 is allowed," he explained. do not perform) failed. In individual competitions, Evgeny Klimov and Danil Sadreev were in the second ten, in the team tournament the Russians showed the seventh result.

The return of Victor Wild and the feat of Tatyana Ivanova

The performance of Russian freestylers at the Beijing Olympics, who won three medals, can be called a breakthrough. This is a national record as they previously won two medals at the Games in 1994 and 2018.

At the Olympics in Lillehammer, Sergey Shupletsov won silver in mogul, and bronze in the same discipline - Elizaveta Kozhevnikova. Ilya Burov (ski acrobatics) and Sergei Ridzik (ski-cross) won bronze medals in Pyeongchang in 2018.

Four years later, both repeated their results . At the same time, one of the favorites of the competition, Ilya's brother, three-time world champion Maxim Burov did not qualify for the final. These two bronze medals were supplemented by a similar award in mogul by Anastasia Smirnova. In the Freestyle Federation of Russia, they were dissatisfied with the judges' marks in the women's slopestyle, where Anastasia Tatalina took fourth place.

The only medal in snowboarding for the Russians was brought by a naturalized 35-year-old American Victor Wild b> in parallel giant slalom. A year ago, the two-time Olympic champion of Sochi doubted whether he would compete in Beijing, but he qualified for the competition and defeated the two-time world champion Dmitry Loginov in a head-to-head race. Victor Wilddid not announce a decision about his career, but he has previously said that these Games will be his last.

On the way to Olympic medals, many athletes accomplish sporting feats. One of the main characters of the completed Games in Beijing can be called the Russian luger Tatiana Ivanova, who managed to win the bronze medal just 2.5 months after a severe leg injury. The athlete, for the sake of participating in the Olympics, ignored the advice of doctors to take care of her health and entered the track a month after the fracture. Overcoming pain, she managed to qualify for the Games, where she won the first Olympic medal in her career in individual competitions.

Gold in figure skating, despite the tragedy of Kamila Valieva
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The situation around the team tournament in figure skating turned out to be scandalous at the Olympics. The Russian national team, which was represented by Kamila Valieva, Mark Kondratyuk,Anastasia Mishinaand Alexander Gallyamov, Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov confidently won. However, the award ceremony was first postponed indefinitely, and later the International Doping Testing Agency announced the postponement of the event due to the positive result of the doping test Kamila Valieva, passed back on December 25.

It turned out that in early February, the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) lifted the temporary suspension of Kamila Valievaafter an appeal from her side, which allowed the skater to compete at the Games in individual competitions. In response, an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) was filed by the IOC, the International Skating Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency. The question was being decided whether Kamila Valieva would be allowed to compete in singles, and on February 14, CAS announced that it had not accepted the appeal, thus allowing the figure skater to continue competing at the Olympics.

After that, the IOC announced that that until the final results of the investigation, both the award ceremony in the team tournament and a similar ceremony following the results of the single tournament will not be held if Kamila Valieva wins the medal. This decision in the team competition was appealed to the CAS by the American skaters who won silver, but the away panel of the court in Beijing soon announced the rejection of the appeal.

Despite the whole situation, the Russian team won the second gold in the women's singles skating. Kamila Valieva, who went first after the short program, could not withstand such psychological stress and after the free program she remained only fourth. The current world championAnna Shcherbakova became the Olympic champion, the second place was taken by Alexandra Trusova, who became the first figure skater to perform five quadruple jumps at the Olympics. She herself considered the silver a failure, after the competition she reacted very emotionally to the result, and when communicating with journalists after the award, she took off the medal.

Silver was won in ice dancingVictoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, losing only to the French Gabriella Papadikis and Guillaume Sizeron, who set a world record for the sum of rhythm dance and free program. In the competition of sports couples Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov became the second, and Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Gallyamov - the third. The Chinese Sui Wenjingand Han Cong became the Olympic champions, who also set world records in the short program and in the sum of two programs.

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The Russian biathlon team at the Olympics showed a decent result, but failed to realize its potential by 100%. Of the 33 awards that were played in Beijing, she got four - silver and three bronze medals. Under a more favorable set of circumstances, the team could have won three victories, but the irreparable mistakes that Russian biathletes made at the decisive moments of the race prevented. In the biathlon standings of the Games, the Russians became fifth, leaving behind the teams of Norway, France, Sweden and Germany. The Norwegians in Beijing were out of competition - they have 14 medals, including six golds, and the main character was Johannes Boe, who won four gold medals and one bronze.

Russian biathletes won bronze medals in the mixed relay, in the men's relay and in the pursuit, silver in the women's relay. In almost every one of these races they had a good chance of winning gold medals. In the mixed relay Ulyana Nigmatullina, Kristina Reztsova and Alexander Loginov sent Eduard Latypov to the last stage with a slight advantage, however after the final shooting, he allowed more eminent rivals to approach him - Johannes Boe and Quentin Fillon-Maye. The Norwegian and the Frenchman in the final segment of the race took advantage of a tactical blunder by Eduard Latypov in the fight for the first two places.

Even more annoying mistake Eduard Latypov made in the men's relay. Before the final shooting, he had a minute advantage over the nearest pursuer, but the team leader could not cope with the gust of wind, got excited and made five misses, leaving for two penalty loops. This deprived the team of victory, but the third placeEduard Latypov did not give up, which allowed Karim Khalili and Maxim Tsvetkov to win their first Olympic awards in their careers.

Maxim Tsvetkov by that moment, he could already have won medals, and even a gold one - in the individual race and in the sprint, he remained one step away from the prize-winning place. The result in the "individual" was especially offensive, where Maxim Tsvetkov deprived himself of victory with the last shot - the previous nineteen were accurate.

Kristina Reztsova was also close to a personal award >, however, she also lacked a step to the award. Together with Kristina Reztsova, Ulyana Nigmatullina, Svetlana Mironova and Irina Kazakevich became silver medalists of the relay. In this race, the Russian team could also count on gold, if Svetlana Mironova did not go to the penalty loop at the third stage. The biathlete this season shows poor results compared to herself two years ago. She failed to show herself well in Beijing either.

In the relay she could have been replaced by Valery Vasnetsova, however, upon arrival in China, the biathlete fell ill with the coronavirus and was isolated. Evgenia Burtasova, who was called to replace her, ran only the individual race, she was not put on the relay after the scandalous story with her refusal to participate in the control start. Among the Russian biathletes, onlyEduard Latypov, the main character and anti-hero of the team, won a personal award at the Games. In the pursuit, he managed the best shooting at the Olympics.

Games in the "bubble"

The organizers of the Games have introduced quite stringent measures to prevent the appearance of and the spread of coronavirus at Olympic venues during the Olympics. The conditions for holding the competitions differed significantly from how the Summer Olympics in Tokyo were held six months ago, which was postponed a year ahead due to the pandemic. In Beijing, a "bubble" was organized that covered the competition venues, the Olympic Village, as well as hotels where IOC officials and journalists accredited to the Games lived.

All competitions and other events took place inside this "bubble", the limits of which couldn't leave. Everyone was tested for covid every day. Those who tested positive were sent to special hotels where they were kept in isolation until they had two negative tests in a row. And after returning to an ordinary hotel, they were ordered to leave for about a week to work on competitions not on a shuttle for journalists, but separately. So, in the Czech men's hockey team, six players became infected, having arrived in Beijing, the team trained for several days without a goalkeeper, who was replaced in the classroom by an outfitter. In this sense, it is worth noting the measures taken by the Russian men's hockey team. Since mid-January, the team has been at the training camp in Novogorsk in isolation, and flew to Beijing on a separate plane - without other athletes, so they got off with only dubious tests of two players.

However, the situation turned out to be catastrophic for Russian hockey players. After the same long gathering in Novogorsk, upon arrival in China, half of the team turned out to have positive tests, and one of the players was sent to the hospital. The hockey players missed about five days of training in Beijing, and were in isolation until the end of the tournament. The training process was disrupted, the team won only one match - the starting one in the group, and in the match with the Canadians, due to the late receipt of test results, all hockey players even played in medical masks.

Covid also struck the Russian women's curling team - Silver medalists of the World Championship last year. This happened even before they arrived in Beijing, but the whole January the team could not train normally, since the positive tests of the players came to light literally in turn. As a result, the curling players failed the preliminary tournament, failing to reach the semifinals.

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