Host nation Russia is leading the medal table with five medals in total on the first day at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk. The United States is chasing the first place with three medals.
Russian skiers dominated cross country skiing events on March 29. Anna Yuryevna Fedulova took home the first gold medal in women’s 10km skitathlon. She said in her interview that she is very happy to be the first at finish, as she returned to a competitive action this year after two-year maternity leave. Russian skiers Lyubov Ivanovna Misharina and Raisa Viktorovna Golovina also earned silver and bronze, respectively in the same event. Vladimir Alexandrovich Mayorov added another gold medal in men’s 20km skiathlon.
The United States gained all three medals in snowboarding events. Blair Tucker Esson earned gold in men’s slopestyle, and his compatriot Sean Esson won bronze. Lauren Weibert also claimed the victory in women’s slopestyle. “I didn’t know how strong my competitors are. I just wanted to enjoy the race and to have fun,” she said in a press conference for prize winners.
Ukraine has finished in third with two medals (1 silver, 1 bronze) in the medal table, followed by Norway and Switzerland that gained a silver medal apiece.
Meanwhile, Russian men’s curling team lost to Japan (8-9) and China (8-10) in the first and second games of the group stage, while women’s team defeated Slovakia 14-2. On the second day, both Russian men’s and women’s teams will compete against Canadian curling teams that were the champions at the 2007 Winter Deaflympics.
Canada’s ice hockey team ended the first game with a 4-2 win over the United States, winner of the 2007 event. Russia smashed Kazakhstan 8-0 in its home.