February 24, 2014
As the 2014 Winter Olympics have come to a close TASUS would like to congratulate all participating countries and their athletes. As well, TASUS would like to give a special congratulation to those athletes from the countries which we have established businesses in. This year’s Winter Olympics have been filled with excitement and it is our pleasure to share with you some of the highlights.
Thailand was represented in three Alpine Skiing events by two athletes. Neither athlete was able to win a medal, but it is still a great feat to qualify for the Olympics and we congratulate them for that.
The Chinese national team won nine medals in total. That includes three gold, four silver, and two bronze. The Chinese team won six medals in Short Track Speed Skate events. This includes two gold and three silver. The Chinese team was also able to take home the gold in the 1000M Women’s Speed Skate.
The Japanese team was able to win eight total medals. They’re only gold medal was won by a nineteen year old in the Men’s Figure Skating Free Skate. This was not the only teenager to represent Japan and take home a medal. In the Men’s Snowboard Half-Pipe two teenagers won medals. At the age of fifteen Ayumu Hirano was able to win the silver and right behind him was eighteen year old Taku Hiraoka winning the bronze.
The Czech Republic’s team had similar success to that of Japan. They too won eight medals in total, including five from Biathlon events. The Czech team was unable to win the gold in any Biathlon events but still succeeded in taking home three silver and two bronze medals. The Czech team won gold in Snowboard Cross, as well as in Speed Skating. Martina Sablikova represented the Czech Republic in the Speed Skating events. She was the defending Speed Skate champion and successfully defended her title in the 5000M Speed Skate; she also won the silver medal in the 3000M.
The United States team had a very strong showing, taking home a total of 28 medals. The team won nine gold, seven silver, and twelve bronze. The United States won three gold medals in Snowboarding events, including the men and women’s Slopestyle competitions. The United States team also won two gold medals in Alpine Skiing. The American team had a very strong performance in freestyle skiing, winning seven total medals across the events. This was the most for any one type of competition the United States competed in.
The Canadian team is always seen as a powerhouse when it comes to Winter Olympic Games. This year was no different after they took twenty-five medals, including ten gold. Canada seemed dominate in the Freestyle Skiing events after finishing with nine total medals, including four gold and four silver. The Canadian team also swept the gold for two other sports, Ice Hockey and Curling. The Men’s Hockey team won a closely contested semifinal against the American team, and then went on to blowout the Swedish team in the final. The Women’s Hockey team also won a closely contested match against the American team. The United States at one point had a 2-0 lead in the Women’s Hockey Final, but Canada was able to come back and defeat the American team 3-2. Both the men and women Curling teams won the Gold medal matches by a comfortable margin.
It takes great dedication and relentless work to compete at the highest level like these athletes have done. Much like Olympic athletes TASUS works year round to improve and perform at a high level. Congratulations to all athletes who participated in the Olympic Games and good luck with all future competitions.