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
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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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Contents

Venues and financingEdit

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 tableEdit

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.

 
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

VenuesEdit

Torch relayEdit

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 EventsEdit

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]Edit

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 nationsEdit

One country only sent officials.

CalendarEdit

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 2 2 2 6
  Bandy 1 1
  Biathlon 1 1 1 2 1 1 7
  Cross-country skiing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
  Figure Skating 1 3 4
  Freestyle skiing 2 2 2 6
  Ice hockey 1 1 2
  Short track speed skating 2 2 4 8
  Ski jumping 1 1 1 3
  Ski orienteering 2 2 2 2 8
  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

StampsEdit

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External linksEdit


Preceded by
Changchun
Asian Winter Games
Astana and Almaty

VII Asian Winter Games (2011)
Succeeded by
Sapporo