Making Us Proud in Rio

 Staff, 26 August 2016
 
The “Yans” and “Ians” made the 8-million global Armenian nation proud at the recent 31st Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as they won eight medals—2 gold, 5 silver, and 1 bronze.
 
The Armenian total medal win equaled that of Colombia (pop. 50 million), Ethiopia (pop. 97 million), Iran (80 million), Serbia (9 million) and Turkey (80 million).

 
In addition to gold won by Armenia’s Artur Aleksanyan (wrestling), silver by Simon Martirossyan (weightlifting), Mihran Arutunyan (wrestling) and Gor Minasyan (weighlifting), Armenian athletes from Russia Yana Egorian (sabre), Seda Tutkhalyan (gymnast), Misha Alayan (boxer) won gold and two silver medals while Artem Harutunyan (boxer) of Germany won bronze.

 Staff, 26 August 2016
 
The “Yans” and “Ians” made the 8-million global Armenian nation proud at the recent 31st Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as they won eight medals—2 gold, 5 silver, and 1 bronze.
 
The Armenian total medal win equaled that of Colombia (pop. 50 million), Ethiopia (pop. 97 million), Iran (80 million), Serbia (9 million) and Turkey (80 million).

 
In addition to gold won by Armenia’s Artur Aleksanyan (wrestling), silver by Simon Martirossyan (weightlifting), Mihran Arutunyan (wrestling) and Gor Minasyan (weighlifting), Armenian athletes from Russia Yana Egorian (sabre), Seda Tutkhalyan (gymnast), Misha Alayan (boxer) won gold and two silver medals while Artem Harutunyan (boxer) of Germany won bronze.


 
Although gymnast Houry Gabeshian of the United States did not win a medal, she made history twice. She was the first female gymnast representing Armenia and she set a new move ("Gebeshian element") which will be recorded in her name in the annals of the gymnasts – turning 360 degrees around the vertical axis of the body while dashing from the lower bar to the higher in the uneven bars exercise.

Another winner was Adam Krikorian, the coach of the U.S. gold-winning women’s water polo team.

Armenia’s total medal count equaled that of Norway (pop. 5.2 million), Argentine (pop. 42 million), Slovakia (5.5 million), and Lithuania (3 million). Armenian athletes obviously continue to punch above their weight.

The athletes from Armenia dedicated their victories to the soldiers defending the borders of Armenia/Artsakh and to the martyred heroes who gave their lives for the Armenian nation during the April War.

 

2 comments
  1. Olympians

    I am very proud of all our Armenian athletes. Were it not for injuries and misfortune a couple of additional medals could have been captured!

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