China first participated in the Winter Olympics 42 years ago
In 1980, a total of 28 Chinese athletes went to Lake Placid. Zhao Weichang, 30, appeared at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games as China’s first flag bearer.When Zhao Weichang marched into the stadium with the five-star red flag, the audience gave the Chinese delegation a warm applause.In 1980, the Chinese delegation went to the 13th Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, USA.The 13th Olympic Winter Games was the first time for the Chinese Olympic Committee to participate in the Olympic Winter Games since its legal seat was restored to the IOC in 1979. A total of 28 male and female athletes participated in 18 individual events including skating, skiing and modern biathlon.Compared with the complete training guarantee now, the training environment of Chinese athletes at that time was very bad.Take skating for example, at that time, there was no indoor rink, all the training was outdoors, the coldest temperature can reach minus 20 degrees, but even in snowy and windy weather, the athletes still did not stop training.In the era of no indoor ice rink, only Heilongjiang Heihe can “early ice”.However, “early on the ice” there is a very big difficulty, that is, the ice is not strong enough, athletes a little attention will fall into the ice hole.Therefore, coaches always carry ropes and wooden poles, ready to salvage drowning people.At the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, Ye Qiaobo, a Chinese speed skater, won two silver MEDALS in the 500m and 1,000m events in a row, ending China’s history without a medal at the Winter Olympics.On February 16, 2002, 26-year-old Yang Yang won China’s first Winter Olympics gold medal in the 500-meter short track speed skating final at the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, clocking 44.187 seconds.Yang Yang won China’s first Olympic gold medal in short track speed skating in the 500m final in Salt Lake City in 2002.At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, wu Dajing, then 24 years old, broke the world record in 39.584 seconds in the men’s 500-meter short track speed skating final in the face of a controversial penalty for many of the Chinese delegation members.This is also the only gold medal for The Chinese delegation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, realizing the breakthrough of “zero” gold medal for The Chinese men’s short track speed skater in the Winter Olympics.China’s Winter Olympic team is getting more and more brave in the discipline of competition.In 2018, Wu Dajing won the men’s 500-meter short-track speed skating final at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Forty-two years ago, Chinese athletes at their first Winter Olympics might have wondered: “When will our country be able to host a Winter Olympics?”With the opening of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Beijing has officially become the world’s first “Double Olympic City”, attracting the attention of people from all over the world.With more than 40 years of hard work, China’s ice and snow sports have achieved vigorous development, and China’s overall national strength is getting more and more prosperous. We are working hand in hand with people of other countries to move towards the future together!