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索契冬奥会落幕 中国成绩如何?

更新时间:2014-2-24 14:00:00 来源:华尔街日报中文网 作者:佚名

Sochi Winter Olympics: How Did China Do?
索契冬奥会落幕 中国成绩如何?

The Sochi Winter Olympics, with its often balmy weather and strange 'Hot. Cool. Yours' motto, has drawn to a close.

Who knows why the organizers chose that motto. It sounds like something a selfish person shouts when using up all the nice water in the shower. What is clear is the medal table, and China's position on it.

Actually, that's not altogether clear either. It depends on whether you count the overall medals won or give greater weight to the golds. In terms of overall medals, China finished 11th with nine medals, while on the gold medal count it was 12th after winning three golds. Russia won on both counts, with 33 medals in total and 13 golds.

China's haul is one above The Wall Street Journal's pre-Games forecast, which may come as a shock to some of our esteemed readers, including a commenter called weiwei who wrote this on Feb. 14: 'It seems that WSJ's prediction on China winning 6 medals overall is once again way off the mark. I have never paid attention to such prediction. It's ludicrously US-centric.' The Wall Street Journal had forecast China would win eight medals.

China's best day in Sochi was the day before Valentine's Day, when Li Jianrou won the 500-meter short-track skating event and Zhang Hong won in the 1,000 meters speed-skating. China's other gold, again won by one of its female skaters, arrived on Feb. 15, when Zhou Yang retained her 2010 Olympic title in the 1,500 meters short-track race.

China had another good night at the Iceberg Skating Palace toward the end of the Games on Friday, when it bagged two silvers and a bronze. That left it with six short-track skating medals in total, more than any other nation. Russia, inspired by Victor An, who used to skate for South Korea, finished the Olympics with one more short-track gold than China but only five medals overall.

Han Tianyu followed up his silver in the men's 1,500 meters with a bronze in the 5,000 meters relay on Friday. He narrowly missed out on a third medal, as he came fifth in the men's 500 meters. Wu Dajing got silver in that race, which was won by Russia's An, who finished the Olympics with three golds and a bronze.

After missing out in earlier races Fan Kexin, the senior skater in the injured Wang Meng's absence, finally got an Olympic medal on Friday, when she won silver in the women's 1,000 meters short-track race.

There was disappointment in the freestyle aerials skiing events. China won medals in both the men's and women's finals, but it didn't top the podium. In the women's aerials, world champion Xu Mengtao had to settle for silver after missing her landing in the final.

'I do still feel a little regret. This is the fourth silver medal China has won at the Winter Olympics in aerials, and we have always wanted to get a gold medal, but sadly I didn't get the chance,' Xu said.

Despite having four skiers in the men's freestyle aerials, China emerged with only a bronze in that event, won by Jia Zongyang. In both the men's and women's final, China had the agonizing misfortune of a fourth-place finisher --

Li Nina in the women's and Qi Guangpu in the men's.

The men's curling team was a surprise package, making it all the way to the bronze medal match, but it lost that to Sweden and was left without a medal. The Chinese team, led by Liu Rui, was shunted into the bronze medal showdown after losing to a Canadian team that brushed aside (to use curling parlance) Great Britain in the final.

The men's team will resurface again soon as Beijing is hosting the World Curling Championship from March 29 to April 6.

The women's curling team, which includes three former speed-skaters and a former figure skater, was tipped for a medal in Sochi but missed out after finishing seventh in the round robin.

China's overall performance fell short of that four years ago in Vancouver, at least in terms of medals won. China left the 2010 Games with 11 medals, including five golds. It did well in Turin in 2006 too, with 11 medals, including two golds. Sochi yielded one more gold but fewer medals overall. Still, it was an improvement from Salt Lake City in 2002 and Nagano in 1998, when China won eight medals.

But the Olympics aren't all about winning. Even the founder of the IOC, Pierre de Coubertin, said as much. 'At the Olympic Games, the important thing is not winning but taking part. What counts in life is not the victory but the struggle,' he said. 'The essential thing is not to conquer but to fight well.'

Russia, which topped the table both in terms of overall medals and golds won, probably won't be quoting him for a while.

索契冬奥会已经结束,本届冬奥会期间索契的天气经常温暖如春,冬奥会还打出了“激情冰火属于你” (Hot. Cool. Yours)这个奇怪的口号。

天知道主办方为什么选了这么一句口号。听起来好像是一个自私的家伙在浴室用完了所有热水的时候喊出来的一句话。不过,我们可以知道的是奖牌榜的情况,以及中国在奖牌榜上的位置。

实际上,这也不是那么明白。这取决于你计算的是奖牌总数,还是更注重金牌的数量。在奖牌总数方面,中国总共获得九枚奖牌,排在第11位,而在金牌榜上,中国总共获得三块金牌,排在第12位。俄罗斯在奖牌总数和金牌榜上都位列第一,奖牌总数33枚,金牌总数13枚。

中国的奖牌总数比《华尔街日报》在赛前的预计多了一枚,这可能让我们尊敬的读者们吃了一惊。一位名叫“weiwei”的读者在2月14日的时候评论道:看起来,这一次《华尔街日报》预测中国总共获得六枚奖牌又太低了,过去我从来没有注意过这类预测,这种以美国为中心的预测非常可笑。《华尔街日报》预测的是,中国总共将获得八枚奖牌。

中国在索契成绩最好的一天是情人节前一天,当天李坚柔获得了女子500米短道速滑的金牌,张虹获得了1,000米速滑金牌,另外一块金牌也是女子速滑队员获得的。2月15日,周洋成功卫冕了她在2010年获得的1,500米短道速滑奥运冠军称号。

在冬奥会即将落幕之际,中国上周五在冰山滑雪宫((Iceberg Skating Palace)迎来了另外一个好日子,当天收获两银一铜。这样一来,中国在短道速滑项目上已经总计获得了6枚奖牌,比任何其他国家都多。在维克托·安(Viktor Ahn,安贤洙)的努力下,俄罗斯在短道速滑项目上比中国多拿了一枚金牌,但在这个项目上俄罗斯的奖牌总数只有五枚。维克托·安曾经代表韩国队参加比赛。

在获得男子1,500米银牌之后,韩天宇又在上周五的5,000米接力项目获得一枚铜牌。他还差异点就获得了第三枚奖牌,在男子500米项目上获得了第五名,武大靖获得了这个项目的银牌,金牌被俄罗斯队的维克托·安获得。在本届冬奥会上,维克托·安总共获得三枚金牌,一枚铜牌。

在王蒙因伤缺阵的情况下,之前比赛中失利的中国速滑种子选手范可新上周五最终摘得冬奥会女子1,000米短道速滑银牌。

中国运动员在自由式滑雪空中技巧项目的比赛中令人失望。中国在该项目的男子和女子决赛中都获得了奖牌,但却无缘冠军。在女子空中技巧决赛中,世界冠军徐梦桃因落地不稳只获得了银牌。

徐梦桃说,“没能夺得这枚金牌我感觉还是很遗憾的。这是中国队在冬奥会空中技巧比赛中获得的第四枚银牌,我们之前就是冲着金牌来的,但我没有把握住机会。”

虽然中国有四名运动员参加了自由式滑雪项目男子空中技巧的比赛,但中国在这个项目中只有贾宗洋拿到了一枚铜牌。在男子和女子决赛中,中国队都有人排在第四位而无缘奖牌,女子比赛中是李妮娜、男子比赛中是齐广璞。

中国男子冰壶队给人带来惊喜,一路闯进争夺铜牌的半决赛,但在比赛中不敌瑞典队,没有摘到奖牌。在刘锐带领下的中国男子冰壶队是在惜败加拿大队后展开铜牌争夺战的。加拿大队在决赛中战胜英国队夺得金牌。

中国男子冰壶队很快将再次进入人们的视线,因为北京将于3月29日至4月6日举办世界男子冰壶锦标赛。

中国女子冰壶队中有3名前速滑运动员和一名前花样滑冰运动员。人们预计女子冰壶队能在索契摘到一枚奖牌,但在循环赛中止步于第七,无缘奖牌。

中国运动员的总体表现不如四年前的温哥华冬奥会,至少从获得奖牌情况上看是这样。中国在2010年的冬奥会上获得11枚奖牌,其中包括5枚金牌。中国队在2006年都灵冬奥会上也表现不错,获得了11枚奖牌,2枚金牌。索契冬奥会金牌多了一枚,但奖牌总数有所减少。但这次比2002年盐湖城冬奥会和1998年长野冬奥会还是有进步,这两届冬奥会中国分别只斩获8枚奖牌。

但奥运会并不仅仅在于赢得比赛。国际奥委会的创始人皮埃尔•德•顾拜旦(Pierre de Coubertin)也说,“奥运会最重要的不是获胜,而是参与。生活靠的不是胜利,而是努力”顾拜旦说,“最重要的不是战胜,而是好好地去战斗。”

俄罗斯在奖牌总数和金牌数量上都独占鳌头,这段时间可能不会提及顾拜旦的这些话。

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