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European Winter Youth Olympic Festival 2019

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Petra Rusnáková won her 2nd gold in Sarajevo and 3rd medal !!!  After the silver in 1500m and Gold in 500m this time it´s gold in 1000m.

 

Just WOW !!!

 

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Best ever EYOF for Slovakia. 3 medals, we never won more than 1 medal at previous winter EYOFs, and only 1 gold in mixed biathlon in 1999. So Petra (clearly these days the most successful Slovak athletes girl name...well, one Peter is quite successful too among mens :d) just totally rewrited all our youth sports history.

 

Bravo Peťa !

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Women's short track 1000m

:SVK Petra Rusnakova

:ITA Chiara Betti

:BLRYana Dambrouskaya

 

Men's short track 1000m

:HUN Attila Talabos

:RUS Vladimir Balbekov

:HUN Balasz Bontovics

 

Short track mixed relay

:HUN Hungary

:POL Poland

:NED Netherlands

 

Curling

:GBR Great Britain

:SUI Switzerland

:HUN Hungary

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Final Medal Table

 

:NOR 06 01 05 12

:SUI 05 05 02 12

:FRA 04 03 04 11

:AUT 03 01 02 06

:HUN 03 00 03 06

:RUS 02 07 03 12

:POL 02 01 02 05

:SVK 02 02 00 04

:GER 02 01 01 04

:ITA 01 03 01 05

:GBR 01 00 01 01

:CZE 01 00 01 02

:SLO 00 02 00 02

:FIN 00 01 02 03

:BLR 00 01 02 03

:TUR 00 01 01 02

:BEL 00 01 00 01

:LTU00 01 00 01

:EST 00 01 00 01

:UKR 00 00 02 02

:NED 00 00 02 02

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The silver of :POL Mixed Relay in short track is the 30th medal of :POL at Winter EYOFs.

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Ice Hockey Recap

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Czech win hearts in Sarajevo

 

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The Olympic spirit was revived on a night when the Czech U17 national team won gold at the ice hockey tournament of the 14th European Youth Olympic Festival hosted in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Having fallen behind against Belarus in the winner takes is all encounter, the Czechs then turned up the heat to score three unanswered final-frame goals to deservedly win the contest 3-1. 

Broadcasted live on national television in Bosnia & Herzegovina and played in front of a great turnout estimated to be up towards 5,000 inside the Olympic Hall Juan Antonio Samaranch (aka Zetra Olympic Hall), the game is set to live on for long for those who were present when hockey won hearts in Sarajevo on Valentine's day.

”This was a big experience, perhaps the biggest experience in my entire life to play such a game in front of so many people. We are champions and it is unbelievable,” said 16-year-old Czech netminder Jan Bednar of Karlovy Vary, who in his fledgling career aspires to one day reach the lofty heights of his role models, Henrik Lundqvist and Braden Holtby.
 
Yegor Klavdiev had put Belarus in front with their the lone marker early in the second period with a power-play goal at 3:43. The Czechs then piled on the pressure with Michal Gut and Tomas Chlubna both hitting the crossbar before the middle frame had come to an end.

Tobias Handl finally settled Czech nerves when he reacted quickest on a Jan Cikhart shot to draw them level at 1:44 of the third period. With 3:12 left in regulation time, the jovial Czech contingent of fans got to their feet when Pavel Matej put them ahead. Their top goalscorer, Pavel Novak then settled matters with an empty netter 79 seconds before the end.

Earlier in the tournament the Czech Republic had edged Russia 2-1 before brushing Switzerland aside 3-0 on their way to the final. Having only conceded two goals en route to gold, the Czech defensive rearguard led by netminder Bednar and blueliner Ondrej Balaz particularly caught the eye.

Belarus, who clinched their second consecutive silver medal at the hockey tournament of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), can take great credit for their showings in Sarajevo. Succumbing to Slovakia 2-1 after overtime, they then rose to the occasion to beat Finland 4-2 to secure their ticket for the final showdown.

Finland finished third, with Anssi Laine's crop of youngsters saving their best game of the tournament for last, toppling Russia 3-1 to secure the bronze medals. Slovakia beat Switzerland 4-1 for fifth place.
 
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The hockey tournament at EYOF was played 35 years after Yugoslavia had competed at the very same venue during the ice hockey tournament of the 1984 Olympic Winter Games. Bosnia & Herzegovina, then part of Yugoslavia, was then to experience a boom in ice hockey following their fine display at the Zetra Olympic Hall.

Following the return of the Olympic spirit to Bosnia & Herzegovina, the challenge will now be to try and capture the interest shown for hockey during the EYOF, which impressed onlookers from the European Olympics Committee (EOC).

”For EYOF standards there has been a lot of people at all the games. Even during the afternoon games we have seen full sections. Many kids have been attending, so hopefully, this will lead to more athletes in the future for Bosnia & Herzegovina in the future,” said Peter Brull, Games Operations Manager for the EOC during the 2019 EYOF.

”This has been a really big experience for all of us, which I think will be the biggest benefit from this tournament. We have shown that we are capable of organizing World Championships or preparation tournaments that the big hockey nations play before the World Championships," said Mirzet Hodzic, manager of the hockey tournament during the 2019 EYOF.

The 15th edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival will be hosted by Finland's Vuokatti in 2021. It will also for the first time see the introduction of a hockey tournament for girls being added to the program.   

Final Ranking 
1. :CZE  Czech Republic
2. :BLR  Belarus
3. :FIN  Finland
4. :RUS  Russia
5. :SVK  Slovakia
6. :SUI  Switzerland

Individual Awards
Best Goaltender: Jan Bednar, :CZE  Czech Republic
Best Defenceman: Ondrej Balaz, :CZE Czech Republic
Best Forward: Brad Lambert, :FIN  Finland
 

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Our team is back home full of great and amazing memories and experiences.

 

Petra Rusnáková became the most successful athlete of the whole games !!! That´s just absolutely INSANE !!! I still can not believe it. something like that never happened in any multi sport event before.

 

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obviously there no surprise that Petra was our flag bearer during the closing ceremony

 

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