Beijing 2022, Italy closes with 17 medals, women better than men

Feb 20, 2022 613

Closed the 24th edition of the Winter Olympic Games, now begins the countdown to the 25th edition to be held in Italy: Milan-Cortina. Italy finished in 13th place in the traditional medals table (where the gold medals "weigh" more), 9th in the "American" medals table, that is, the one that takes into account the total number of laurels won. We are competitive like few other nations on many fronts: we have won a medal in 8 different sports, as never happened in the past.

The top athletes were more or less the same as 4 years ago at the PyeongChang Olympics in South Korea (Sofia Goggia, Arianna Fontana, Michela Moioli, Federica Brignone and Francesca Lollobrigida) and the women won 9 of the total medals, compared to 5 for the men (3 of those obtained in mixed races).

The only individual medal won by an athlete under the age of 28 was that of Nadia Delago (class of 1997) in the downhill. For the rest, the age range goes from 28 years old Davide Ghiotto, to 29 years old Sofia Goggia and Dominik Fischnaller, to 30 years old Francesca Lollobrigida, Arianna Fontana, Federica Brignone, Federico Pellegrino, Omar Visintin and Dorothea Wierer.

A record edition, therefore. Beijing 2022 is the second edition ever with 17 medals (2 golds, 7 silvers and 8 bronzes), after Lillehammer 1994 (which was an edition held after a two-year period from the previous one and not after a four-year period). Compared to PyeongChang 2018, Italy grows by 70% (in Korea there were 10 podiums): starting from a previous winter edition in double digits, never had there been such a large growth, going to medal in 2 of the 4 new mixed specialties (the short track relay and the mixed snowboard cross).

On a general level, compared to PyeongChang, among the big countries only Russia has grown more than Italy, while not even China, which competed at home, managed to have a percentage growth like ours.

Of the 19 Italian medalists, the third largest number ever, 9 are men and 10 are women. Beijing 2022, in fact, was once again a female-dominated Olympics with 52.94% female medals, 29.41% men and 17.65% mixed. The medals came from 7 regions, but in this ranking, dominated for the second consecutive edition by Lombardy, curiously enough, the top 4 regions (almost 85% of all medals) are those that will be the ones to host the next edition of Milan-Cortina 2026: Lombardy, Veneto, the provinces of Bolzano and Trento.

With its 119 athletes (82 men and 47 women), the Italian Team won the medal in 8 different disciplines: something that has never happened in history. Suffice it to say that in the most successful edition (Lillehammer 1994) Italy medaled in 5 disciplines. Only Russia, Canada and Norway did better than the Azzurri in China with 9 disciplines.

In 7 months the world has played for the first time two Olympics (Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022), in full pandemic from Covid-19 and Italy in the sum of medals won with 57 podiums is seventh behind the United States, China, Russia, Great Britain, Germany and Japan, while for disciplines went to medal, third behind only the United States and Russia.

Therefore, 17 medals were won by the Azzurri in Beijing 2022, thus surpassing the quota of 10 reached in the previous Winter Olympics in PyeongChang 2018.

- the 2 gold medals were won by Arianna Fontana (short track 500 meters) and by the duo Stefania Constantini and Amos Mosaner (curling, mixed doubles tournament);
- the 7 silver medals were won by Arianna Fontana (1,500m short track); Francesca Lollobrigida (3,000m speed skating) and by the mixed short track relay team (Arianna Fontana, Arianna Valcepina, Andrea Cassinelli and Yuri Confortola), Federica Brignone (alpine skiing, giant slalom), Federico Pellegrino (cross-country skiing, sprint free technique); Michela Moioli and Omar Visintin (mixed snowboard), Sofia Goggia (alpine skiing, downhill);
- the 8 bronze medals were won by Francesca Lollobrigida (speed skating mass start), Federica Brignone (combined alpine skiing) Dominik Fischnaller (luge) and Omar Visintin (snowboard cross), Dorothea Wierer (7.5 km sprint biathlon) and Davide Ghiotto (skating 10. 000 meters), Nadia Delago (alpine skiing, downhill), Andrea Cassinelli, Yuri Confortola, Tommaso Dotti and Pietro Sighel (relay short tack 5.000 meters).

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