2007 Asian Winter Games

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VI Asian Winter Games
Changchun2007.svg
Slogan: Charming Changchun
Host city Changchun, China
Nations participating 25
Athletes participating 796 estimated
Events 47 in 5 sports
Opening ceremony January 28
Closing ceremony February 4
Officially opened by Hu Jintao
Athlete's Oath Li Ye
Torch Lighter Li Jiajun
Main venue Changchun Wuhuan Gymnasium

The 6th Asian Winter Games were held in Changchun, People's Republic of China from January 28 to February 4, 2007. The Winter Games are a smaller version of the Winter Olympics, a celebration of Winter sports in Asia. This is the second time that China hosted the Winter Asian Games; the first was in Harbin in 1996.

Preparation[edit]

Preparation for the games began four years before the event. In the months leading up to the games the preparation was led by the Acting Governor of Jilin, Han Changbin.

Mascot[edit]

Lulu, the mascot

The 2007 Winter Asiad mascot is Lulu, a deer seen around Changchun commonly. It is a species of the sika deer, a native of East Asia. In the Chinese culture, this deer is considered to be a symbol of good luck and fortune.[1] It is said to be featuring a mild temper, a sporty spirit and quick response. Lulu is expected to represent the welcoming smile of the Changchunans.

Emblem[edit]

Combining the movements of a ski jumper and a short-track speed skater, the emblem of the 2007 Asian Winter Games consists of two Chinese calligraphy strokes. The blue C-shaped stroke calls to mind the first letter of Changchun and represents the city's characteristic as the "city of ice and snow" and "city of science and technology". The bottom green stroke symbolizes peace ("friendship first, competition second") and represents the city's characteristic as the "city of everlasting spring" and "city of the forest". The emblem presents an image of "change with each passing day" and "the hawk takes to the vast sky."

Sports[edit]

A total of 47 medal events in ten sports and disciplines were in contention in the Sixth Winter Asian Games.

Participating nations[edit]

The sixth edition marked the first time that all members of the Olympic Council of Asia sent delegations to the Winter Asiad.[2] The following are the 25 National Olympic Committees which competed, with the number of competitors they fielded:[3]

Seven figure skaters from Kuwait, Malaysia, Macau and a speed skater from Turkmenistan were not allowed to compete as their respective nations were not members of the International Skating Union. However, competitors were later allowed to compete, but their results were not allowed to count towards the official rankings.[4]

Non-competing nations

The following only sent non-competing delegations:

Venues[edit]

There were six main venues for 47 contested events:

Calendar[edit]

 ●  Opening ceremony     Event competitions  ●  Event finals  ●  Closing ceremony
January / February 2007 26th
Fri
27th
Sat
28th
Sun
29th
Mon
30th
Tue
31st
Wed
1st
Thu
2nd
Fri
3rd
Sat
4th
Sun
Gold
medals
Alpine skiing pictogram.svg Alpine skiing 1 1 1 1 4
Biathlon pictogram.svg Biathlon 2 1 2 2 7
Cross country skiing pictogram.svg Cross-country skiing 2 2 2 6
Curling pictogram.svg Curling 2 2
Figure skating pictogram.svg Figure Skating 1 3 4
Freestyle skiing pictogram.svg Freestyle skiing 1 1 2
Ice hockey pictogram.svg Ice hockey 2 2
Short track speed skating pictogram.svg Short track speed skating 2 2 4 8
Snowboarding pictogram.svg Snowboarding 1 1 2
Speed skating pictogram.svg Speed skating 2 2 4 2 10
Total gold medals 7 8 12 8 4 8 47
Ceremonies
January / February 2007 26th
Fri
27th
Sat
28th
Sun
29th
Mon
30th
Tue
31st
Wed
1st
Thu
2nd
Fri
3rd
Sat
4th
Sun
Gold
medals

Medal table[edit]

      Host nation

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  China (CHN) 19 19 23 61
2  Japan (JPN) 13 9 14 36
3  South Korea (KOR) 9 13 11 33
4  Kazakhstan (KAZ) 6 6 6 18
5  Mongolia (MGL) 0 0 1 1
5  Uzbekistan (UZB) 0 0 1 1
Total 47 47 56 150

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://english.china.com/zh_cn/news/sports/11059227/20070130/13909163.html China.com-Mascot of 2007 Changchun Asian Winter Games
  2. ^ Asian Winter Games open in Changchun
  3. ^ "The 6th Asian Winter Games". Changchun 2007 official website. Wayback Machine. Archived from the original on 21 November 2007. Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Eight athletes stopped from competing in Winter Asiad