Sotsji and China; Which Chinese athletes are outstanding?

by | February 13, 2014

Sotsji and China; Which Chinese athletes are outstanding?

by | February 13, 2014

Whilst deciding on the topic of this article, my eyes glance towards the screen showing races in the speed skating stadium called the Adler Arena in Sotsji. The second run of the 500 meters is on view and the Dutch are in a great position. First, second and sixth place with a view on the podium. My patriotic self is screaming for a second sweep, taking all medals back to the Netherlands.

We, the Dutch, are doing a great job at the start of these Olympics. Referring to the Dutch as “we”, is something that occurs mostly during speed skating events, World Cup football and during every field hockey event. Even more specific; it happens when we win during these events. It says something about the important binding factor of sports.

I genuinely believe this goes for every country, so I wonder; who make the Chinese proud during the Winter Olympics? Due to my own super focus on speed skating, which is dominated by a few countries, I do not know a lot about other sports. So when looking at speed skating I know one Chinese athlete with big chances of winning a medal. As this article will be published the day after tomorrow, I expect Beixing Wang to take home a silver or bronze medal at the 500 meter sprint for women speed skating.

So some google searching is needed to find out which of the other 65 Chinese athletes have a chance of making China proud;

– Short-track speed skater Fan Kexin is nicknamed Shadow of Wang Meng. Wang Meng, who is China’s most successful winter Olympian, is missing due to a broken ankle. Fan Kexin is next in line to follow the throne.
– Second hope in short-track is Zhou Yang, from Changchun, won two gold medals in Vancouver and is looking to strike again.
– Li Nina is a freestyle skier from the Liaoning province. She won silver medals at Vancouver and Turin.
– Xu Mengtao also participates in freestyle skiing aerials event in Sochi. She is the reigning world champion.
– Liu Zhongqing has the nickname Daqing Flying Man, who won bronze at the Mens aerials event in Vancouver.
– The Women’s Curling team is an outsider for Gold. They have made curling popular in 2010 by winning the bronze medal.
– Pang Qing and Tong Jian, the engaged couple performing in free skating, are fourth in the International Skating union world rankings.

With obviously more dark horses in different Olympic disciplines it is hard to predict results for the Chinese. But let us hope that China performs as spectacular as the Dutch do at Speed Skating. Because whilst writing and researching this article, I just saw “us” win gold, silver and bronze at the 500 meter speed skating sprint!

Hup Holland!  Jiā yóu zhōngguó!

 

Written by Michael Pronk

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From 1421 to 1423, during the Ming Dynasty of China under Emperor Zhu Di (朱棣) the fleets of Admiral Zheng He (鄭和), commanded by the Chinese captains, discovered Australia, New Zealand, the Americas, Antarctica, the Northeast Passage; and circumnavigated Greenland.

Due to this endeavour we can conclude that “1421 is the year that the Chinese discover the world”.