As many competitors -- 41 -- failed to finish (DNF
) in the men's giant slalom
as actually finished the race. But, in the end, Kyrgyz skier Ivan Borisov
, 26, finished 41st. His time after two runs was 3:37.10 -- more than a minute behind the gold medallist and a full half-minute behind the next-to-last finisher, and can be attributed to a very poor first run (his second run was much more in line with the rest of the field, while still last. Borisov is Kyrgyzstan's lone athlete at these Games.
In the women's Super-G
, rescheduled from yesterday, Algerian skier Christelle Laura Douibi
added a second last-place finish with her 51st-place time of 1:43.54 -- 11.07 seconds behind the gold medallist. There were two DNS
es, two DNF
s and one disqualification. We last saw Douibi finishing last in the women's downhill
While the medals have yet to be decided in women's hockey, I'm able to assign a last-place finish based on the outcome of the placement round game for 7th/8th place
. That game is now over, and, with Switzerland beating Italy 11-0, that means host country Italy
places last overall in this event.Standings to date:
Because of the automatic qualification rules for host countries, I expect them to do well in the last-place sweepstakes -- apart from entering into sports that they may not otherwise have qualified for, they've just got that many more opportunities. It says something, then, that it's taken until now for Italy to enter the standings. And, of course, because host countries send huge teams, they're at the bottom of the list with their single last-place finish.
On the other hand, because of the way I rank things, small delegations -- like those of Algeria (2) and Kyrgyzstan (1) -- tend to rank quite highly (at 7th in a three-way tie for 14th, respectively) as soon as one or two last-place finishes occur. It's magnified when the same athlete places last more than once -- which can happen at the Winter Games, where good (if not great) athletes have the opportunity to compete in multiple events in the alpine, cross-country and speed skating disciplines.
Not that the standings have any real value, but I know some of you like to chew over them.Later today:
ice dance (what? we should have known who came 24th before the Opening Ceremonies!) and team ski jumping.
Labels: algeria, alpine skiing, hockey, italy, kyrgyzstan, torino 2006