Home > News > Lillehammer 2016 > Eduard Casaneanu wins Romania’s first ice hockey medal

Lillehammer 2016

Options

Eduard Casaneanu wins Romania’s first ice hockey medal

Eduard Casaneanu wins Romania’s first ice hockey medal
©YIS / IOC Jon Buckle

18/02/2016

Eduard Casaneanu’s legs were distinctly wobbly as the national anthem of Romania echoed through Kristins Hall after he won the YOG men’s ice hockey skills contest on Thursday evening.

“This is the biggest moment in my career, my country’s first medal,’’ said Casaneanu as he caressed the award that hung around his neck. “I am so, so proud. It is an amazing feeling.”

Casaneanu, who finished first in the fastest shot element in the final round, stayed in touch with the leaders through the first four of the six skills the eight finalists had to tackle in this individual test of an ice hockey player’s prowess.

And when the early pace-setters, Aleks Haatanen, of Finland, and Hungary’s Natan Vertes did not fare well in the last two skills – pass precision and puck control – that opened the door for the consistent Casaneanu to skate off with the title.

Casaneanu was moved by the experience. He shed a tear while on the podium, the Romanian flag draped over his shoulders, and then enjoyed a victory lap around the ice surface clutching his precious medal all the way.

Silver medallist Sebastian Cederle, of Slovakia, goes through his paces in the skating agility test. Photo: YIS / IOC Jon Buckle

Sebastian Cederle, of Slovakia, won the silver medal, while Germany’s Erik Betzold claimed bronze. Cederle admitted he had thought that second place was well out of reach after the first two skills. “I did not get many points so I thought the lead was too much to overcome,’’ he said. “It is amazing.”

Lillehammer 2016 Photos

  • Lillehammer 2016 Closing Ceremony

    PDT Bach and Honorary PDT Jacques Rogge in the audience at the closing ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Mens' Gold Medal

    Benoit-Olivier Groulx CAN (L) vies with Jake Wise USA during the Ice Hockey men's final between Canada and USA at the Kristins Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Mens' Gold Medal

    Aidan Dudas CAN has a shot on goalie Drew Deridder USA during the Ice Hockey men's final between Canada and USA at the Kristins Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Ice Hockey Mens' Gold Medal

    Aidan Dudas CAN (Center) vies with Adam Samuelsson USA during the Ice Hockey men's final between Canada and USA at the Kristins Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Curling Mixed Doubles

    Honoka Sasaki JPN throws a stone during the Curling Mixed Doubles Finals Bronze Medal Game at Lillehammer Curling Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

  • Curling Mixed Doubles

    Andreas Haarstad NOR sweeps the ice during the Curling Mixed Doubles Finals Bronze Medal Game at Lillehammer Curling Hall during the Winter Youth Olympic Games, Lillehammer, Norway, 21 February 2016.

LATEST NEWS