(Beijing Winter Olympics) "Ice Ribbon" Witnesses Breakthroughs, Perseverance and Changes

  China News Agency, Beijing, February 19 (Wang Hao) On the 19th, as the women's collective starting event crossed the line, the Beijing Winter Olympics speed skating competitions all ended.

In this competition, the players broke a number of Olympic records, a world record, and some teams made historic breakthroughs.

The Beijing Winter Olympics has also become a stage for some veterans to say goodbye.

The Dutch dominance of speed skating is beginning to face challenges.

On February 19, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics speed skating women's collective starting final was held at the "Ice Ribbon" at the National Speed ​​Skating Stadium.

The picture shows Chinese team player Li Qishi (No. 5) in the game.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Li Jun

breakthrough

  Among the 14 events of speed skating at the Beijing Winter Olympics, the champions of 10 events broke the Olympic record and won the championship, one of which broke the world record, and some events refreshed the Winter Olympics more than once during the competition. will record.

The National Speed ​​Skating Stadium "Ice Ribbon" has become one of the fastest plains ice rinks.

  In addition to the breakthrough in overall competition results, some teams also made historic breakthroughs in the Beijing Winter Olympics speed skating arena.

  Gao Tingyu won the gold medal in the men's 500m with a record-breaking performance at the Winter Olympics. This is the first gold medal in the men's Winter Olympics speed skating event in the history of the Chinese delegation, and it is also China's second Winter Olympics speed skating gold medal.

  Sweden's Van der Poel won the men's 5,000-meter and men's 10,000-meter championships at the Winter Olympics. This is the first time Sweden has won a gold medal in speed skating at the Winter Olympics since 1988.

The picture shows Gao Tingyu celebrating the victory.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Li Jun

hold fast

  In the women's 1500m race, facing the menacing Takagi Miho, veteran Worcester won the Olympic record by breaking the Olympic record and became the 6th gold king of the Winter Olympics.

  She is the speed skater who has won the most medals at the Winter Olympics in history, and has decided to retire after the World Championships in March this year. "Ice Ribbon" witnessed her last Winter Olympics.

  Another veteran who performed "The Last Dance" at the Beijing Winter Olympics, Kramer, failed to stand on the podium in all three events he participated in.

In the men's 5,000-meter race, he watched Van der Poel reach the top, and the title of "King of Long Distance" by many people was completed.

  Despite the ups and downs in the performances of Worcester and Kramer, two famous Dutch players during the Beijing Winter Olympics, they both insisted on standing in the last post at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

  Of course, the German player Pechstein, who is about to celebrate her 50th birthday, is the "longest green tree" in the speed skating arena. She has won 5 Winter Olympic gold medals, and this is her 8th time in the Beijing Winter Olympics. Participate in the Winter Olympics.

  Although he can no longer break records and win championships like he did when he was young, Pechstein still enjoys it.

As for whether she will participate in the next Winter Olympics, she said: "What will happen in 4 years? Let's talk about it when the time comes!"

change

  The Dutch team is undoubtedly the biggest winner of the Beijing Winter Olympics speed skating arena, they won a total of 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze, a total of 12 medals.

Whether it is the number of gold medals or the number of medals, they are far ahead of other teams.

  But if you compare this result vertically, you will find that the Dutch team's dominance has declined.

  At the Sochi Winter Olympics, the Netherlands won a total of 24 medals with 8 golds, 7 silvers and 9 bronzes. At the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Netherlands won 20 medals with 8 golds, 6 silvers and 6 bronzes.

  Before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Carl Verhain, head of the Dutch delegation, said that he hoped to match the 20 medals of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

However, in the end he failed to do so.

  Judging from the distribution of speed skating gold medals at the Beijing Winter Olympics, apart from the Netherlands, only Sweden has won two gold medals, and Canada, Japan, Norway, the United States, Belgium and China have all won one gold medal.

  More and more countries have the strength to compete for the speed skating Winter Olympics gold medal, which is undoubtedly a challenge to the Dutch "one family dominance" situation. In the long run, such a development trend of "a hundred flowers blooming" is likely to make the speed skating competition more attractive. attractive.

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