Post-2000 Chinese Olympians shine at Beijing 2022

Gold medalist Gu Ailing at the Big Air Women’s Freeski Awards Ceremony on February 8, 2022. (Xinhua Photo/Ju Huanzong)

BEIJING – Top athletes push the limits of what is physically possible to set new records at the Olympic Games, and the relay is always between them and the younger generations.

On Tuesday, the Chinese delegation won three gold and two silver medals at the Winter Olympics, among which athletes born after 2000 won one gold and two silver.

For the first time in a men’s Olympic snowboard slopestyle competition, a triple cork 1800 was successfully landed on Monday by 17-year-old Chinese snowboarder Su Yiming.

With her highest score of 88.70 points, Su won a silver medal in her Olympic debut, also the first Olympic medal in snowboarding for China. The youngster saw his dream come true when he stepped onto the podium with his idols, Canadians Max Parrot and Mark McMorris.

“As a snowboarding fan, I don’t care much about the score. Instead, I pay more attention to doing more brilliant tricks. Happiness comes from there,” Su said.

The same can be said for Gu Ailing, who pulled off a performance of 1620 she had never attempted before to win gold in women’s big air freeskiing, becoming the first Chinese female athlete to be crowned in a sport. snow at the Winter Olympics.

Heading into her last race on Tuesday, the 18-year-old was in third place, 5.25 points behind leader Tess Ledeux of France and 0.25 points behind second-placed Mathilde Gremaud of Switzerland. While Gu could play it safe and secure a spot on the podium, she decided to pull out the trick she had never done before.

“I made a decision in the last five minutes. I actually called my mum after the second jump and then she said ‘Don’t do it. You can do another 1440 to try and claim a gold medal. ‘money’,” Gu recalled. “I’m not competing to beat other riders, not to ride better than others, but I want to ride 100% at my best.”

When Gu got first place on the podium at the Big Air Shougang, she didn’t leave the room. Instead, she hugged to comfort Ledeux, who missed the gold medal hesitantly in his third run.

“I want to tell him that part of the gold belongs to him too,” Gu said, adding that it was Ledeux’s completion of a 1620 in previous races that inspired her to attempt this. bold attempt.

As a beginner in short track speed skating, Li Wenlong skated behind his teammates from the playoffs to the final of the men’s 1000m short track races as part of the team’s tactics. Taking a silver medal from the event was a surprise for him.

“But I’m also very excited. The silver is just the beginning. I will continue and hope to change the color of the medal to gold one day,” Li added.

In fact, even before the start of the Games, two post-2000 athletes had already taken center stage, as cross-country skier Dinigeer Yilamujiang and Nordic combined athlete Zhao Jiawen lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony. ‘opening.

“This moment will cheer me on every day for the rest of my life,” Dinigeer said.

Dinigeer won a silver medal at the Beijing FIS Cross-Country Points Grand Prix in 2019, which was the best result for a Chinese skier. Zhao will be the first Chinese Olympian in Nordic combined when the competition begins on Wednesday.

The torch was first passed between five prominent Chinese athletes representing a birth decade from the 1950s to the 1990s and passed to Dinigeer and Zhao, who jointly informed the expectations and future of the Olympics. (Xinhua)

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