2011 Asian Winter Games

The 2011 Asian Winter Games was a multi-sport event that was held in Astana and Almaty, Kazakhstan, that began on January 30, 2011, and ended on February 6, 2011. It was the first time that Kazakhstan hosted such a large event since independence from the Soviet Union.[3] The documents for the hosting city were signed in Kuwait on March 4, 2006.[4]

VII Asian Winter Games
Asiad winter 2011
Host cityNur-Sultan, Almaty
CountryKazakhstan
MottoUnity of purpose ‒ unity of spirit! (Kazakh: Мақсаты бірдің - рухы бір)
Nations participating26[1]
Athletes participating843[1]
Events69 events in 5 sports
Opening ceremonyJanuary 30
Closing ceremonyFebruary 6
Officially opened byNursultan Nazarbayev
President of Kazakhstan [2]
Officially closed byTimothy Fok
Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia
Athlete's OathNurbegen Zhumagaziyev (short track ice skating)
Judge's OathKeith Gee Kay Fong
Torch lighter7 Well known Kazakh athletes.
WebsiteOfficial website
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Venues and financing

Astana Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov announced venues being built include a multipurpose Sports Palace which will seat up to 15,000 spectators, a ski jump complex, a biathlon stadium, and an athlete village.

Upgrades to existing venues included modernizing the Central Stadium, the B. Sholak Sports Palace, Medeo Skating Rink, and Shimbulak Ski Resort. The ski area was increased fivefold from the current 5 km to 65 km. In 2008 a gondola lift from Medeo Skating Rink to Shymbulak Ski Resort was planned to be completed, however, only in the summer of 2010 construction really started and was under serious time pressure. The Medeo Skating rink is an outdoor rink located in the Tian Shan Mountains, about a 30-minute drive away.[5]

Kazakh Minister of Sports Temirkhan Dosmukhambetov notes the 726 million USD for construction and renovation comes from the 2008 state budget. The Olympic village, on the other hand, will be financed by private investors. Overall, Kazakhstan is spending over $1.4 billion to get the area ready to host the games.[5]

Upgrades to the Almaty airport were finished by December 2008; transport issues are also being reviewed. Millions of KZT are being earmarked for work on main transportation corridors, overpasses, a ring road as well as investment in light rail transit between Talgar, Almaty, and Kaskelen. The plan also included purchases of city passenger buses, taxis, and possibly the construction of a subway.[6]

Almaty also upgraded its power supply network of substations and transmission lines. Expansion and reconstruction of heating systems was also recommended. A portion also got into environmental stabilisation.[6]

In 2008, both Medeo and Shymbulak Ski Resort were rebuilt in preparation for the Games. Vladimir Smirnov, deputy head of the national ski federation, said that the resort would soon be one of the largest in the world, which would increase the chances of a successful bid to host the Olympics.[7]

Medal table

Kazakhstan won the same amount of gold medals on the first day of the competition as it did in the entire 2007 games, topping the medal table for the first time. Iran and Kyrgyzstan won their first ever Asian Winter Games medals, Iran in ski orienteering and alpine skiing and Kyrgyzstan in bandy. 8 countries won medals the most ever at an Asian Winter Games.

2011 winter asiad mascot
Irby, the official mascot of 2011 Asian Winter Games

  *   Host nation (Kazakhstan)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Kazakhstan (KAZ)*32211770
2 Japan (JPN)13241754
3 South Korea (KOR)13121338
4 China (CHN)11101435
5 Mongolia (MGL)0145
6 Iran (IRI)0123
7 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)0011
 North Korea (PRK)0011
Totals (8 nations)696969207

Venues

Shimbulak1
Shymbulak was the site of alpine skiing events
Bandy in Medeu Kazakhstan
Medeo during the final of the bandy tournament
AlmatySkiJump
Ski Jump centre in Almaty, built for the Games.
Location Venue[8] Sports Capacity
Astana Astana Arena Opening ceremony 30,000
Alau Ice Palace Speed skating 8,773
Kazakhstan Sports Palace (arena 1) Ice hockey 5,050
Kazakhstan Sports Palace (arena 2) Ice hockey 1,200
Saryarka Velodrome Short track speed skating, figure skating 8,000
Almaty Baluan Sholak Sports Palace Ice hockey, closing ceremony 5,000
Medeo Bandy 8,500
Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex Ski jumping 9,500
Shymbulak Alpine Sport Resort Alpine skiing 3,000
Soldatskoe Valley Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon Stadium Biathlon, cross-country skiing, ski orienteering 6,200
Tabagan Sport and Recreation Complex Freestyle skiing 2,250

Torch relay

The flame of the Games was officially lit at Kuwait Towers, Kuwait City on January 11, 2011.[9][10] The relay was officially start in Almaty on January 12, 2011 and span around the cities in Kazakhstan for 16 days before arrive at the opening ceremony on January 30, 2011.[11]

Date City[12] Length Number of
torchbearers
January 12 Almaty 11.7km 80[11]
January 13 Taraz 12km [13] 60[14]
January 14 Shymkent
January 15 Kyzylorda
January 16 Aktau
January 17 Atyrau
January 18 Oral
January 19 Aktobe
January 20 Kostanay
January 21 Petropavl
January 22–23 Kokshetau
January 24 Pavlodar
January 25–26 Oskemen
January 27 Taldykorgan
January 28–29 Karagandy
January 30 Astana

Sports Events

Numbers in parentheses indicate the number of medal events contested in each sport.[15]

Olympic sports Bobsleigh, Luge, Skeleton, Snowboarding, Curling and Nordic Combined will not be contested.

Bandy and Ski Orienteering were included for the first time in the Games, while curling and snowboarding was excluded from the list, ski jumping returns to the Games, after not being contested in the last Games in Changchun.

Participating NOCs[16]

26 countries have registered to take part and they are listed below, this is an increase of 1 from the 2007 games. Bahrain, Qatar and Singapore made their debuts,[17] while Macau and Pakistan did not compete after competing in 2007.

Non-Competing nations

One country only sent officials.

Calendar

In the following calendar for the 2011 Asian Winter Games, each blue box represents an event competition, such as a qualification round, on that day. The yellow boxes represent days during which medal-awarding finals for a sport were held.

 OC  Opening ceremony  ●  Event competitions  1  Event finals  CC  Closing ceremony
January / February 2011 28th
Fri
29th
Sat
30th
Sun
31st
Mon
1st
Tue
2nd
Wed
3rd
Thu
4th
Fri
5th
Sat
6th
Sun
Gold
medals
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine skiing 2 2 2 6
Bandy pictogram.svg Bandy 1 1
Biathlon pictogram.svg Biathlon 1 1 1 2 1 1 7
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross-country skiing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
Figure skating pictogram.svg Figure Skating 1 3 4
Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing 2 2 2 6
Ice hockey pictogram.svg Ice hockey 1 1 2
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating 2 2 4 8
Ski jumping pictogram.svg Ski jumping 1 1 1 3
Ski-orienteering pictogram.svg Ski orienteering 2 2 2 2 8
Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
Total gold medals 14 11 12 7 8 10 7 69
Ceremonies OC CC
January / February 2011 28th
Fri
29th
Sat
30th
Sun
31st
Mon
1st
Tue
2nd
Wed
3rd
Thu
4th
Fri
5th
Sat
6th
Sun
Gold
medals

Stamps

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010-25

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010-26

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010-27

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010-28

Stamps of Kazakhstan, 2010

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Changchun
Asian Winter Games
Astana and Almaty

VII Asian Winter Games (2011)
Succeeded by
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Alpine skiing at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Alpine skiing at the 2011 Asian Winter Games was held at Shymbulak Alpine Sport Resort in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The six events were scheduled for January 31– February 4, 2011.

Bandy at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Bandy at the 2011 Asian Winter Games was held at Medeu in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

China at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

China participated in the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan from January 30, 2011 to February 6, 2011.

Cho Ha-ri

Cho Ha-Ri (Hangul: 조해리, Hanja: 趙海利, Korean pronunciation: [tɕo.ɦɛ̝.ɾi]; born 29 July 1986) is a short track speed skater who competes for South Korea. She is the 2011 Overall World Champion.

Cross-country skiing at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Cross-country skiing at the 2011 Asian Winter Games was held at the Biathlon and Cross-Country Ski Complex in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The twelve events were scheduled for January 31 – February 6, 2011.

Denis Kuzin

Denis Valerievich Kuzin (Russian: Денис Валерьевич Кузин; born 4 December 1989) is a world champion speed skater from Kazakhstan.

In the 2013 World Single Distance Championships he won the gold medal in the 1000 meters race.

Dmitry Babenko

Dmitry Babenko (born 22 March 1985) is a Kazakhstani speed skater.

Babenko competed at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics for Kazakhstan. In 2006, he finished 23rd in the 5000 metres. In 2010, he again competed in the 5000 metres, finishing 15th. In 2014, he entered three events: In the 1500 metres he finished 30th overall, in the 5000 metres he was 15th and in the 10000 metres he finished 12th.As of September 2014, Babenko's best performance at the World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships is 6th, in the 2011 10000m. His best performance at the World Allround Speed Skating Championships is 13th, in 2014.Babenko made his World Cup debut in February 2004. As of September 2014, Babenko's top World Cup finish is 4th in a mass start race at Heerenveen in 2011–12. His best overall finish in the World Cup is 10th, in the mass start in 2011–12.

Figure skating at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Figure skating was featured as part of the 2011 Asian Winter Games at the Kazakhstan Sports Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan. Events were held on between the third and fifth of February 2011. Skaters competed in four disciplines: men's singles, ladies' singles, pairs, and ice dance.

Fuyuko Tachizaki

Fuyuko Tachizaki, née Suzuki (鈴木芙由子, Suzuki Fuyuko, born January 13, 1989 in Kitaakita, Akita) is a Japanese biathlete.

Japan at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Japan participated in the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan from January 30, 2011 to February 6, 2011.

Kazakhstan at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Kazakhstan was the host nation of the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Almaty and Astana from January 30, 2011 to February 6, 2011. Kazakhstan hosted the games for the first time.

Kyrgyzstan at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Kyrgyzstan participated in the 2011 Asian Winter Games in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan from January 30, 2011 to February 6, 2011. The bandy team took the country's 1st ever medal at Asian Winter Games.

Lee Seung-hoon

Lee Seung-hoon (Hangul: 이승훈, Hanja: 李承勳, Korean pronunciation: [i.sɯŋ.ɦun]; born 6 March 1988) is a South Korean speed skater. He won a gold medal in the 10,000 metres, a silver medal in the 5000 meters at the 2010 Winter Olympics, becoming the first Asian man to ever achieve these feats, and a gold medal in the mass start at the 2016 World Championships in Kolomna. He was a short track speed skater, winning the 2008 World Championship 3000 m super-final and three gold medals at the 2009 Winter Universiade. Lee converted to long track in September 2009, as he failed to earn his spot on the South Korea national short track team in the national trials.

Miho Takagi (speed skater)

Miho Takagi (高木 美帆, Takagi Miho, born 22 May 1994) is a Japanese speed skater.

Nao Kodaira

Nao Kodaira (Japanese: 小平 奈緒; born 26 May 1986) is a Japanese long-track speed skater who specialises in the sprint distances.

She is the 2018 Olympic champion in the 500 m distance. Kodaira is the first Japanese woman to win an Olympic gold medal in speed skating.

In 2009, she graduated from Shinshu University with a bachelor's degree in education.

Short track speed skating at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Short track speed skating at the 2011 Asian Winter Games was held at Saryarka Velodrome in Astana, Kazakhstan. The eight events were scheduled for January 31– February 2, 2011.

South Korea at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

South Korea participated in the 2011 Asian Winter Games held in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan, from 30 January to 6 February 2011.

Speed skating at the 2011 Asian Winter Games

Speed skating at the 2011 Asian Winter Games was held at Alau Ice Palace in Astana, Kazakhstan. The twelve events were scheduled for January 31 – February 6, 2011.

Takahito Mura

Takahito Mura (無良 崇人, Mura Takahito, born February 11, 1991) is a Japanese figure skater. He is the 2014 Four Continents champion, 2014 Skate Canada International champion, and 2012 Trophée Éric Bompard champion. Nationally, he is a five-time Japan Championships bronze medalist and 2008 Japan Junior champion.

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