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Ireland in Vancouver – Winter Olympics 2010

The closing ceremony of the Games took place on February 28th, leaving the team to take little other than the experience away from the competition.

In total, six Irish competitors competed in four different events, sadly however, none took any medals.

Our most successful performances came in the shape of Aoife Hoey and Claire Bergan, who managed to come in 17th position in the two-woman bob-sleigh event (an event which almost did not take place due to a mix-up over qualification.)

Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and skeleton were the other three events in which we were not so successful.

Throughout the competition, the weather presented major problems for both the competitors and the organisers. Little snow and large amounts of rain together with high temperatures left the venue resembling not a snowy have, but the aftermath of a weekend festival.

Despite coming away from the competition empty-handed, the Irish competitors have good reason to stay positive. Ireland is hardly a nation known for its winter sports prowess, so mere qualification for the games is a feat in itself.

“More and more Irish people are taking winter sport holidays and this has fuelled the interest in a major way,” Pat Hickey, President of the Irish Olympic Committee told RTÉ news.

It is this notion that is leaving the Irish Nation with hope for the future. We can only now hope that we prove more successful across the pond at the London Summer Games in 2012.

http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-schedule-results/

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