Belarus’ aerial jumper Alexei Grishin brought the first gold to the country at the Winter Olympics 2010 in Vancouver.
Alexei Grishin scored a combined total of 248.41 points in his two jumps (120.58+127.83). This is his second Olympic medal. He won bronze at the Olympics 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Jeret Peterson of the United States took the silver (247.21 points – 118.59+128.62) and China's Liu Zhongqing won the bronze (242.53 – 119.91+122.62).
Timofei Slivets of Belarus took the ninth position – 225.58 (115.84+109.74). Dmitri Dashinski scored 215.68 (86.95+128.73) and landed 11th.
Alexei Grishin’s victory placed Belarus 15th in the overall medal scoreboard of the 21st Winter Olympics.
30-year-old Alexei Grishin took bronze at 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, was the fourth in Turin in 2006 and the eighth in Nagano in 1998. Apart from that the Belarusian athlete took medals in various national and international championships. Alexei Grishin is a merited sports master and represents the National Center of Physical Education and sports. He is trained by Nikolai Kozeko, coach of the national freestyle team of Belarus.
Alexei Grishin added his gold to two other medals won by Belarus in Vancouver. Belarusian biathlete Darya Domrachava took bronze in Women’s 15km Individual race. Another Belarusian biathlete Sergey Novikov clinched silver in Men’s 20km Individual race.
The US leads in the Olympics 2010 overall medal scoreboard with 32 medals (8 gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze). Germany places second with 26 medals (8, 11, 7). Norway has occupied the third place – 19 (7, 6, 6), Canada – the fourth - 16 (8, 6, 2).