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Albania at the 2010 Winter Olympics

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Albania at the
2010 Winter Olympics
Flag of Albania.svg
IOC codeALB
NOCAlbanian National Olympic Committee
Websitewww.nocalbania.org.al  (in Albanian)
in Vancouver
Competitors1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Erjon Tola (Opening and closing)
Medals
Gold
0
Silver
0
Bronze
0
Total
0
Winter Olympics appearances (overview)

Albania sent a delegation to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, held between 12–28 February 2010. This was Albania's second appearance at a Winter Olympic Games. The Albanian delegation consisted of a single alpine skier, Erjon Tola, whose best finish between all his events was 48th.

Albanian athletes entering the stadium during the opening ceremonies.

Background[edit]

Albania first entered Olympic competition at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. They did not make their second appearance until 20 years later in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and have competed in every Summer Olympics since. They had made their Winter Olympics debut four years prior, in the 2006 Winter Olympics.[1] Albania had never won a medal at the Olympics.[1] The delegation sent to Vancouver in 2010 consisted of a single athlete, Erjon Tola.[2] Tola was chosen as the flag bearer for both the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony.[3][4]

Alpine Skiing[edit]

Erjon Tola was born on 15 December 1986, and was 23 at the time of the Vancouver Olympics.[5] He had previously represented Albania at the 2006 Winter Olympics.[5] On 23 February, he took part in the giant slalom. He recorded run times of 1 minute and 27 seconds and 1 minute and 31 seconds, to finish in 63rd place out of 81 competitors who finished both runs of the race.[6] On 27 February, in the first run of the slalom competition, he finished with a time of 1 minute and 33 seconds, after missing a gate and being forced to sidestep back to it.[7] He was faster on his second run, with a time of 1 minute and 9 seconds, however, his first run mistake cost him, as the total time was a sum of the two runs. He finished last out of the 48 competitors who finished both runs.[8]

Athlete Event Run 1 Run 2 Total Rank
Erjon Tola[9] Men's slalom 1:33.94 1:09.94 2:43.88 48
Men's giant slalom 1:27.57 1:31.70 2:59.27 63

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Albania". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 8 March 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Albania at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 4 July 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Complete list of 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic flag-bearers". The Vancouver Sun. 12 February 2010. Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  4. ^ "The Flagbearers for the Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremony" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. 28 February 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Alpine Skiing – Athlete Profile: Erjon Tola". International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's Giant Slalom". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  7. ^ Baldwin, Alan (27 February 2010). "Olympics – Alpine skiing-Albanian takes the slow road". Reuters. Archived from the original on 29 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Alpine Skiing at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games: Men's Slalom". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 19 February 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Erjon Tola Bio, Stats, and Results". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 12 February 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.