The 234 medals of the 26th Winter Universiade

Trentino – Italy, Dec 21, 2013: 234 medals were awarded during the 26th Winter Universiade Trentino 2013, split between 32 nations. The largest collection of medals went to Russia: 15 gold, 16 silver and 18 bronze medals, with a total of 49 athletes stepping up to the podium. It is almost the double number of medals than its closest pursuers, Poland, which collected 23 titles (10 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze) and Korea, which grabbed 24 medals (8 gold, 9 silver, 7 bronze).

At individual level, there are 55 athletes who succeeded to take more than one medal. In the medal count ranking, four athletes will bring home 4 titles each. Amongst the women, Korean speed skater Kim Bo Reum earned 2 gold (in 1500m and pursuit) and 2 silver medals (in 3000m and 5000m), the same for Polish biathlete Weronika Nowakowska-Ziemniak, winner of the Sprint and the Pursuit and silver medallist in Individual and Mass Start.

Another four-medal duo is formed by the Russian cross-country skier Raul Shakirzianov (gold in Skiathlon, silver in Relay, bronze in Mixed Relay and in Individual) and the Italian speed skater Mirko Giacomo Nenzi who triumphed in 1000m, earned silver both in 500m and 1500m and bronze in Pursuit.

Nenzi (24), from Venice, member of the team of the Italian Fiscal Police, entered the special statistics of those athletes able to grab a medal of each colour. With him, in this inner circle, also Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin (gold in Mixed Team, silver in Team HS106, bronze in Individual HS106) and Ukrainian biathlete Dmytro Pidruchnyi, winner of the Mass Start after taking bronze in sprint and silver in Mixed Relay.

Twelve athletes managed to pick up 2 gold medals. A special attention has to be paid to Serbia’s Milanko Petrovic, the only athlete who was able to win gold in two different disciplines – Biathlon (Sprint) and Cross Country Skiing (Individual).

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