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)
some articles talk about doping in cross-country
PHOTOS OF KRISTINA SMIGUN
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
Buy this comfy, cozy Estonia sweatshirt and display Estonian pride!