Beijing Winter Olympics promotes the leap-forward development of winter sports in China

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Tobogganing used to be an unpopular project in China, with a late development and lack of professional venues. With the preparation of the Winter Olympics, China’s first bobsleigh track was built in Yanqing District, Beijing. “This track fills the gap in China’s lack of the highest level of snowmobile sledding, and will lay the foundation for Chinese players to make great progress in this event.” Fan Duoyao said.

 

During the preparations for the Winter Olympics, the ice and snow sports continued to “expand from the south to the west and to the east”, achieving a rapid improvement in the level of ice and snow events and a substantial expansion of the field of ice and snow sports. According to Ni Huizhong, secretary general of the Chinese delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics, the 177 athletes participating in this competition are from 20 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities across the country, covering an area ranging from Heilongjiang Province to the north, Guangdong Province to the south, Shanghai to the east, and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to the west. Among them, about 1/5 of the athletes are engaged in professional training in ice and snow events through cross-border and cross-event selection, and nearly half of the snow sports are cross-border and cross-event selection athletes, which has completely changed the situation that ice and snow events only rely on individual provinces.

On November 22, 2021, Tursongjiang competes in the men’s individual 10km (free technique) race at the Hot Spring Station of the 2021-2022 FIS Cross-Country Skiing Points Series. Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Hu Huhu “These athletes are the ‘fire seeds’. They will become the basic force for all provinces, autonomous regions and cities to participate in the National Games, become future coaches and managers, and drive more people to participate in ice and snow sports.” Ni Huizhong said, “In addition, in Beijing Among the domestic technical officials of the Winter Olympics, there are a large number of athletes and staff who have participated in the early ice and snow training, and they are all ‘fire seeds’. These people will deepen the foundation of the development of our country’s ice and snow sports, and increase the participation of ice and snow sports. expand even more.”

I have to admit that in some “niche” events in this Winter Olympics, Chinese athletes do not have the strength to compete for medals, and there is still a big gap between them and the world’s top level. But as Ni Huizhong said, every small step taken by Chinese players to participate in these events may converge into a big step in the development of China’s ice and snow sports.

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On February 7, Chinese player He Jinbo was in the game.

“In recent years, the level of Chinese skiers has made great progress. What they need now is more proper training and more opportunities to participate in high-level competitions.” Italian ski coach Franz Josef Gamper said, ”I don’t think they’re likely to win a medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics, but they can produce good skiers in the future, and if all goes well, maybe five years from now.”


Post time: Feb-12-2022