Torino 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Pragelato, Italy
Congrats to Kristina Smigun of Estonia for winning Olympic gold in the Women’s Cross-Counry Skiing 15K Pursuit. She is the first women in Estonian history to win a Winter Olympic medal.
I watched her win the gold on NBC. It was captivating. Smigun and Katerina Neumannova broke out ahead of crowd in the last few kilometers. The two were going to finish first and second. It was only a question of who gets gold and who gets silver. Neumannova had the lead most of the way, but Smigun was right behind her taking advantage of the draft. After they entered the stadium Smigun darted ahead and never looked back. Well, actually she did look back once to see how close Neumannova was.
After winning the gold, Smigun said, “I AM SO HAPPY!” in English with a heavy Estonian accent. So the next time you hear someone say “i am so happy” think of the Olympic gold medalist, Kristina Smigun.
Congrats again to the Snow Queen! (I came across some Estonian sites that call Kristina Smigun the Snow Queen)
some news articles on this historic event (the better articles are towards the top)
Estonia’s page on NBC’s Olypmic website
some articles talk about doping in cross-country
PHOTOS OF KRISTINA SMIGUN
Google image search on Kristina Smigun
larger 147k image of Smigun apparently selling some jewelry
This is a photo of Smigun with her sister I bet. For some strange reason they were talking about her sister during the telecast. They mentioned that Kristina’s sister went to some university in western United States
mugshot of Kristina Smigun without her ski gear on
Smigun eating what appears to be a Power Bar
cool photo of Kristina skiing down some tracks
Buy this comfy, cozy Estonia sweatshirt and display Estonian pride!
The U.S. athletes STINK! And that whole set up with taking Michelle Kwan over full-well knowing she wasn’t going to compete!! Mediated reality! What a joke!
good for Estonia! she looks happy to be a winner.
i was hoping you’d post this moose!! i saw the race this weekend. it warms my heart that estonian that shares my first name was the first to woman to win gold for estee!!!!
and believe me they are celebrating in tallin this week!!!!
the us athletes don’t stink at snowboarding..
i like that kid.
I am doing a school project and I have to send an athlete a postcard but it’s very hard to send a postcard to some one who doesn’t have an adress so if you could help me do so that would be great unless you feel threatened in that case forget it.
Sorry, Grant, but I don’t have any mailing address for Kristina Smigun. Good luck in your search.