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WATCH: This commentator goes completely loco over Spain’s Winter Olympic medal

It was the first Winter Olympic medal for 26 years, and the only Spain's third in history and one commentator was unable to contain to his excitement as he watched Regino Hernandez scoop third place in the Men's Snowboard Cross in Pyeongchang on Thursday.

WATCH: This commentator goes completely loco over Spain's Winter Olympic medal
Photo: Eurosport

José Manuel Hernández Tallada, a sports journalist for Eurosport, gave an enthusiastic commentary that was worthy of a medal in its own right.

En @Eurosport_ES le ponemos mucha pasión a nuestras retransmisiones ?? ¿verdad @jmtallada? ? #WinterIsGaming

La emoción de #PyeongChang2018 en https://t.co/fLW7LTPBrj pic.twitter.com/0cDXDNegwP

— Eurosport.es (@Eurosport_ES) February 15, 2018

As the Spanish snowboarder left his rivals behind and soared down the slope, the commentator leapt from his seat: “There's Regino, who could bring an end the drought of Spanish sport's triumphs in the Winter Olympics! 

“There's Regino jumping, he's going to race  to the end, our hearts are in our mouths!” he screamed and then exploded with joy, leaping into the air as Regino crossed over the finishing line in third place.

“Regino gets the medal, Regino is a bronze medalist! “.

READ: Snowboarder from Ceuta wins Olympic medal for Spain


Photo: AFP

WEATHER

Spain’s capital delays reopening of schools after historic snowfall

Madrid's regional government on Friday postponed the opening of schools until January 20 because many roads remained blocked a week after Spain's worst snowstorm in decades.

Spain's capital delays reopening of schools after historic snowfall
Children riding sleds are pulled by their parents amid a heavy snowfall in Madrid on January 9, 2021: AFP

The region's 2,557 schools had been set to reopen on Monday but access to over half of them, or 57.6 percent, remains difficult because of the snow and ice, the regional government said in a statement.

Clean-up crews will “continue working intensely over the following days” to ensure school can open as planned, it added.

Storm Filomena dumped 50 centimetres (20 inches) of snow on Madrid between last Friday and Saturday, leaving the city and large swathes of the country impassable.

AFP

The storm had been blamed for five deaths. It was followed by several days of plunging temperatures, which hardened mounds of snow and slush.

ANALYSIS: Should Madrid be declared a disaster zone as true cost of storm damage emerges?

While main arteries have been cleared, hundreds of side streets remained caked in snow and ice which has disrupted post delivery and rubbish collection, with huge piles of refuse piled up around overflowing bins across Madrid.

A pile of garbage bags is pictured in Madrid on January 14, 2021. Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

READ ALSO: IN PICS: Spectacular images of snow-covered Spain from the air

About a third of all streets, or 30.3 percent of all streets have been cleared, according to Madrid city hall which estimates the storm caused at least 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in damage.

Madrid mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida said the storm dumped more than 1.2 million kilos of snow on the city, enough to form a line of trucks stretching from Madrid to Brussels.

He has called on the central government to declare the area a disaster zone, a move that would trigger emergency aid and other measures.

But the central government wants to wait for a final evaluation of the damage before it decides whether to declare Madrid a disaster area, Transport Minister Jose Luis Abalos told reporters.

People walk amid a heavy snowfall in Madrid on January 9, 2021. GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP

Meanwhile, Madrid three main art museums — the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofia, the home of Picasso's masterpiece “Guernica” — all announced that they would reopen on Monday for the first time since the storm hit.

People enjoy the snow outside the Royal Palace in Madrid on January 9, 2021. Gabriel BOUYS / AFP

READ ALSO: LATEST: Big freeze across Spain set to last into next week

READ ALSO: Ten phrases to talk about cold and wet weather like a true Spaniard

 

 

 

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