China names speed skater, skeleton athlete as Games flag bearers

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Medal Ceremony – Speed ​​Skating – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Men’s 500m – Medals Plaza – Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 20, 2018 – Bronze medalist Gao Tingyu of China on the podium. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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BEIJING, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The flag bearers of the Chinese delegation to the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be speed skater Gao Tingyu and skeleton athlete Zhao Dan, it said on Sunday. the Delegation.

Gao, 24, became the first Chinese male speed skater to medal at the Winter Olympics when he won bronze in the men’s 500 meters at the 2018 event in South Korea.

Born in the northern province of Heilongjiang, he joined the national speed skating team in 2016, the Beijing 2022 organizing committee said in a statement.

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Skeleton athlete Zhao, 19, placed seventh at the 2020 Youth Olympic Games in Switzerland, where she represented China for the first time. Born in Inner Mongolia, the former long jumper joined the national team in 2018.

“I think my background helps me a lot, because long jump and skeleton have common elements, like explosive power and sprinting,” she said in a video on the International Olympic Committee website.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be Gao’s second, the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing a Chinese delegation official who also hailed the teenager Zhao as “a rising young star”.

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Reporting by Emily Chow; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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