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Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Olympics

Slovakia competed at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. Židek's silver medal was the first Winter Olympic medal won by Slovakia as an independent nation. The top finish for the six-person Slovak alpine team came from Veronika Zuzulová, who finished 15th in the women's combined. Note: In the men's combined, run 1 is the downhill, runs 2 and 3 are the slalom. In the women's combined, run 1 and 2 are the slalom, run 3 the downhill. Marek Matiaško had the best result out of the Slovak biathlon team, with a surprising 5th place finish in the men's individual, he missed only one shot, the resultant time penalty meant that he fell short of the medals. MenWomen Milan Jagnešák piloted the Slovak sled in both the two-man and four-man events, but did not manage a top-20 finish in either. Martin Bajčičák finished 8th in the men's pursuit, the best showing from any Slovak cross-country skier, carried the nation's flag in the closing ceremonies. DistanceSprint The Slovak team finished atop its round-robin group, going undefeated through the opening round, including a 3–0 win over eventual gold medal winners Sweden.

In the quarterfinals, the team fell to rivals Czech Republic 3–1, failing to advance to a medal game. Players ResultsRound-robinAllegations have surfaced of Sweden throwing the game against Slovakia so the Swedes would face Switzerland in the quarterfinals instead of Canada or the Czech Republic. Shortly before the game, Sweden coach Bengt-Åke Gustafsson was reported to have publicly contemplated tanking in order to avoid those teams, saying about Canada and the Czechs, "One is cholera, the other the plague." During the game itself, one suspect sequence came when Sweden had an extended five-on-three powerplay with five NHL stars on the ice—Peter Forsberg, Mats Sundin, Daniel Alfredsson, Nicklas Lidström and Fredrik Modin—and failed to put a shot on net. Sports Illustrated writer Michael Farber would say about this particular powerplay, "If the Swedes had passed the puck any more, their next opponent would have been the Washington Generals." " were afraid to shoot!", Russian coach Vladimir Krikunov said.

As part of a subsequent interview about the championship over five years Forsberg was interpreted to insinuate that Sweden lost their preliminary round game against Slovakia on purpose, so as to draw Switzerland as their quarterfinal opponent, rather than Canada or the Czech Republic. Swedish forward Henrik Sedin, who played alongside Forsberg on the 2006 team denied the notion while adding that Forsberg's comments in the interview were misconstrued. Standings Medal roundQuarterfinal The Slovakian luge delegation was one of the Olympic team's largest, but managed only a single top 15 finish, from the doubles team of Ľubomír Mick and Walter Marx; the lone Slovak short track speed skater competing in Turin, Matus Uzak, was disqualified from two of his events, failed to advance from his heat in the third. Martin Mesík represented Slovakia in ski jumping, but did not advance from the qualification round in either the large hill or normal hill events. Radoslav Židek failed to qualify for the medal round in the men's parallel giant slalom, but was more successful in the snowboard cross.

Židek qualified in the top ten won in three consecutive rounds to make the final. He finished just behind American Seth Wescott, who pipped him to the line. Still, Židek's second place finished earned him a silver medal, the first winter medal in Slovakian Olympic history. Parallel GSSnowboard cross

Fayyaz Hashmi

Fayyaz Hashmi was a Pakistani poet and screenwriter who worked both in the Indian and Pakistani film industry. He penned some memorable songs such as the famous ghazal Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo and Tasveer teri dil mera behela nah sake gi; the latter made the singer Talat Mahmood famous in India back in 1941 and was instrumental in introducing him to the Calcutta film industry. A little known fact about him is that he wrote the famous'Na tum mere na dil mera', sung by Kamla Jharia, among many others. One of the couplets from this ghazal became popular that reads'aye bas naadaniyon par apni naaz karte hain abhi dekhi kahan hain aapne naadaniyan meri' He was born in Calcutta in 1920, his father, Muhammad Hussain Hashmi, was a poet with pen name'Dilgeer' as well as a writer of stage drama. Fayyaz Hashmi was employed as the resident lyricist by the British-owned Gramophone Company of India from 1943 to 1948. "Fayyaz Hashmi wrote his first verse,'Chaman mein ghuncha-o-gul ka tabassum dekhne walo - Kabhi tum ne haseen kalyon ka murjhana bhi dekha hai', when he was in 7th class."

He wrote his first full songs that Talat Mahmood sang in 1941 and the runaway hit Tasveer teri dil mera behla na sakay gi with music composed by Kamal Das Gupta. In 1951, he was transferred by his employer, Gramophone Company of India, to Lahore to organise the music scene in Pakistan. There he promoted many talented artists including Farida Khanum, Saeen Marna, Saeen Akhtar and Saeen Budha, he turned to writing of film songs in 1956. Kunwari Bewa was the first Pakistani film with his songs, he wrote more than 2000 songs for the Gramophone Recording Company in his lifetime. He wrote the stories and scripts of many hit films, received numerous awards during his career. Fayyaz Hashmi was awarded the'Graduate Award' 3 times Nigar Award for'Best Film Song Lyricist' in 1967 for Chalo Achha Hua Tum Bhool Gaye Fayyaz Hashmi worked as a film song lyricist for the following movies: Bara-Dari Kunwari Bewa Bedari Savera Saheli Raat Ke Rahi Aulad Paisey Eid Mubarak Sartaj Aashiana Lakhoon Mein Aik Diya Aur Toofan Ilzaam Deewane Tere Pyar Ke or Love Crazy He worked as a writer and director in the following movies: Hum Ek Hain - Director Pehchan - Writer All poems of Fayyaz Hashmi PoemHunter.com website Fayyaz Hashmi on IMDb