84 sets of medals in 15 sports were contested at the Turin Winter Olympics. The Russian team was set the task: to win 25 medals, of them at least 6 gold. As a result, our Olympians received 22 medals: 8 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze, taking the 4th overall team place. We were ahead of the national teams of Germany, USA and Austria. This result should be recognized as quite good, especially given the 8 medals of the highest test.
Two gold medals were won by our biathletes: at the distance of 15 kilometers (Svetlana Ishmuratova) and in the relay of 4*6 kilometers. Three golds brought us traditionally strong figure skating: in sports pairs competitions, in ice dancing and in men’s single skating, where Evgeny Plushchenko was out of competition. The top two places were won by skiers and skiers: in the men’s 30 kilometre race (half distance by classical stroke, half by skate) and in the women’s relay. And another gold was brought to the piggy bank of the Russian team by speed skater Svetlana Zhurova in the distance of 500 meters.
Figure skater Irina Slutskaya, for which victory was very much hoped, eventually took the third place. Most specialists and spectators believed that Irina definitely deserved higher marks, and that the umpires simply didn’t risk giving the Russian team the fourth, last gold medal in the figure skating. As a result, figure skater from Japan Shizuka Arakawa became the champion, American Sasha Cohen took second place.
And our hockey team, alas, not only failed to win, but also lost to the Czech national team in consolation for bronze. In general, the games in Turin were held on a good level, there were no complaints to their organization and conduct.