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Olympic Firsts

26 Feb 2006
Olympic News

The Turin Olympic Winter Games have provided some astonishing results, including a few “Olympic firsts”:
Japan’s Shizuka Arakawa, who completed a clean, elegant and expressive programme to the music of Turandot, won the ever first ice skating gold medal for Japan.
Freestyle skier Xiaopeng Han won the first ever Chinese gold medal on snow for China in the men’s aerial competition.
The first biathlon mass start in Olympic history saw victory for Germany’s Michael Greis and Sweden’s Anna Carin Olofsson.
The first snowboard cross gold medals went to Tanja Frieden of Switzerland and Seth Wescott from the United States.
Sweden and Poland won their first medals in biathlon with Anna Carin Olofsson winning her country's first ever gold medal in women's biathlon (15km mass start); and Tomasz Sikora winning the silver medal in the 15km mass start.
It was the first time that two brothers have won gold and silver in a snowboard event, something Swiss Schoch brothers did in the snowboard giant slalom. Other brothers have won gold and silver before in other sports and disciplines: the Mahre brothers in Alpine skiing, men’s slalom, in 1984.
Jannifer Hail won the fist medal for Canada in freestyle mogul skiing.
An Olympic first of a special kind: it was a historical moment for the whole of Italian sport with the winning of the bronze medal in the 3000m short track relay, which was  the 100th medal won by Italy in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. Furthermore, the Italian men’s team won the first ever Olympic skating gold in the men’s team speed skating competition.
For the first time, one country won all three medals in the men’s Alpine skiing slalom. Before the Austrian triumph in Sestriere, three other nations had managed to win all three medals in an Alpine skiing event, but never before in slalom.
For the first time in Olympic history, the ice hockey final was fought between two Scandinavian teams, Finland and Sweden.
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