Italian short track ‘hero’ Arianna Fontana wrote ‘new history’ at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Fontana won the silver medal in the 2,000m mixed relay at the Beijing Olympics yesterday (the 5th) at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, and took her ninth Olympic medal in the Winter Olympics.
This is the record for the most medals in short track speed at the Olympic Winter Games.
Fontana, who participated in four Olympics before this event and won 1 gold, 2 silver, and 5 bronze medals, added a silver medal at the 5th Beijing Olympics, surpassing Hyunsoo Ahn (Russian name: Victor Ahn) and Apollo Anton Ono of the United States. stood.
Hyunsoo Ahn won 6 gold medals and 2 bronze medals at the Olympics, and Ono won 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals, respectively.
Fontana is also considered a medal candidate in the women’s 500m and women’s 3,000m relay at the Olympics, so there is a possibility that she will break her own record again during this event.
After finishing the mixed relay race, Fontana said in an interview with the foreign press, “I am very happy to have won my ninth medal. Winning the medal at the start of the Olympics will be a great boost for the rest of the races.”
Still, about breaking the records of Hyunsoo Ahn and Ono, he showed a humble attitude saying, “I’m not saying I’m better than them. They were great players when they were active players, and that fact doesn’t change. Now, the times are just different.”
Fontana hosted her first Olympic Games in Turin in 2006 when she was 15 years and 10 months old, and contributed to winning the bronze medal in the women’s 3,000m relay, making her the youngest Olympic medalist in Italy.
At the 2010 Vancouver Games, she won a bronze medal in the women’s 500m, and in Sochi 2014, she won a silver medal in the 500m, and bronze medals in the 1,500m and 3,000m relay.
Although he announced his retirement after the Sochi Games, he competed at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and finally won the women’s 500m gold medal.
In addition, he did not miss a medal in all the Olympic Games he participated in, including winning silver medals in the 3,000m relay and bronze medals in the 1,000m relay in Pyeongchang.
If Fontana adds one more medal at the Beijing Games, she will tie a record with Italy’s most medalist Stefania Belmondo (cross country, 10) at the Winter Olympics.
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