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Cut-resistant equipment from E China's Shandong helps Olympian skaters pursue their dreams

Chinese skaters celebrate after winning the mixed team relay final of short track speed skating at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on Feb. 5, 2022. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games not only offers a test of athletic abilities, but also the latest technology and equipment. The cut-resistant equipment provided by Shandong Jianhua Zhongxing Glove Corporation has played a vital role in Chinese athletes' pursuit of their own individual Olympic glory.Based in Jining City, east China's Shandong Province, the company, together with China's sportswear brand Anta, has provided white gloves for China's short-track speed skating mixed team, which won gold on Feb. 5, in addition to suits for skaters. The suit is very comfortable, and helps reduce friction. I can easily stretch my body when I accelerate. It can effectively protect the skater, said a short-track speed skater. The suit is as good as the top gear available around the world, but its cost is less than half that of foreign brands, said Chen Jianhua, chairman of the company.Developing cut-resistant suits for short-track speed skaters was one of Shandong's preparation projects for the Beijing Winter Olympics. The company teamed up with Dai Guoliang, a PhD candidate at Peking University, and successfully developed a special material for the suits, but had some initial difficulties in cutting the material. After several trials, including using electric scissors, the team ended up applying laser cutting, which could cut the material perfectly without leaving any residual damage.Once put into mass production, our cut-resistant suits are expected to generate an annual sales volume of 20 million yuan (about $3.16 million), Chen said.

Post-Games Legacy Creates Sustainable Benefits

Beijing Winter Olympic Park. (PHOTO: XINHUA)The scientific and technological achievements such as 5G studio in high-speed trains, zero-gravity beds, and smart restaurants with robot chefs have become eye-catching highlights of Beijing 2022.Even after the Games, these technologies will boost the nation's sustainable development, creating lasting benefits for the people in the host cities and regions.In fact, from assisting winter sports promotion to boosting economic opportunities and proposing sustainable solutions,Beijing 2022 has already begun bringing benefits to the people.Intelligent robots' vital roleAt the opening ceremony, the most eye-catching one is the first ever underwater Olympic torch relay between two submersible robots.During the Games, various intelligent robots have worked hard to provide contactless services.Robot chefs are deployed in smart restaurants at the main media center to minimize contact. Once the meal is ready, the AI system plans out the optimal route, and the dish will be transported on a track and arrive at the table. Smart burger machines, automatic woks, and robot bartenders are also common sights.To meet medical security needs at the Games, the intelligent medical robots  provid emergency medical protection and service in competition zones.Robots perform more effectively in epidemic prevention and control. AI-powered disinfection robots with a long battery life, automatic obstacle avoidance and self-charging function, have provided various contactless services at competition venues, saving a lot of manpower. They will be widely used in cleaning and disinfection of public areas after post-Games.Sustainable competition venuesBeijing 2022 aims to create abundant new legacies from the Games. Besides making good use of existing facilities, the newly-built ice and snow venues will be open to the public for free or at low prices.By making use of natural carbon dioxide cooling technology for the first time, the National Aquatics Centre (k...

Beijing 2022: freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification

Wu Meng of China competes during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing competes during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Chang)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing competes during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Chang)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing reacts during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Chang)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing reacts during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing competes during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing reacts during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing competes during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 17, 2022. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)Chinese athlete Gu Ailing competes during the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe qualification of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting S...

Applications of sci-tech achievements at Winter Olympics reflect China's strength to build bright future with world

Solar panels used for power generation in the Beijing Winter Olympic Village for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Hu Qingming/People’s Daily Online)The high-profile Beijing Winter Olympics has become a window into China’s scientific and technological innovations.In Olympic Villages for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, smart facilities have created a comfortable and convenient living environment for Olympic athletes and personnel; at the opening ceremony of the Games, a super large 8K ultra-high-definition ground display system presented breathtaking visual effects; the National Speed Skating Oval, a venue for the Games that has been hailed as the “fastest ice”, has enabled athletes to indulge their passion for speed; and the accurate weather forecast system featuring a 10-minute follow-up cycle and a 100-meter resolution has guaranteed the smooth running of competitions in the mountains of the Yanqing competition zone.The Beijing Winter Olympics has deeply impressed the international community with various sci-tech innovations and futuristic scenarios.Technology has amazing potential, which has been truly tapped by the Beijing Winter Olympics for the first time in the Olympic history, said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).The applications of sci-tech innovations at the Winter Olympics mirror China’s remarkable achievements in innovation and development.China attaches great importance to sci-tech innovation and has considered innovation the primary driving force for development.Vehicles for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics refuel at a hydrogen filling station in Yanqing district, Beijing, Jan. 31, 2022. (Photo by Hu Qingming/People’s Daily Online)Since 2012, China has made historic achievements and transformations in science and technology. The country has seen major innovations emerge in large numbers and is now leading or co-leading the world in some frontier areas. Its technological strength is undergoing a ...

Paris to hold new model of Olympics in 2024, says chief organizer

BEIJING, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- Paris is determined to hold the 2024 Olympic Games in some ways never tried before, Tony Estanguet, head of the Paris 2024 organizing committee, told Xinhua in an interview.The 2024 Olympics will be games open to the public, said Estanguet, who won Olympic gold in C1 canoe slalom at Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and London 2012.Through an open Games, we have the ambition to bring sport into the heart of Paris, closer to the fans. The first-ever mass participation marathon on the same day and same course of the Olympic marathon, and an Opening Ceremony on the River Seine, are just some of the ways we plan to open up the Games to a wider audience than ever before, he said.As of today, I can say that we haven't lost sight of that ambition and that our preparations continue to be on track and on budget, said the former Olympic champion.Some competitions of the Paris Olympics will take place in the spectacular heritage, culture and historic landmarks of Paris. For example, The Grand Palais will hold fencing and taekwondo, the Champ-de-Mars Arena will stage judo and wrestling.We know we are blessed with one of the most beautiful cities in the world and so our ambition right from the very start was to integrate the Games into the City of Paris as much as possible, said Estanguet.Paris is our field of play, and we plan to make the most of it. This will also create some iconic backdrops for television for the benefit of all fans watching from home, he said.Estanguet revealed how the Paris 2024 organizers came up with the plan to hold the opening ceremony on the Seine.The idea of holding a ceremony in the city itself, on the Seine, arose from the ambition shared by all the stakeholders involved to produce a ceremony that is spectacular, accessible, open to as many people as possible, and which will mark a turning point in the history of the Games, he said.It is an ambition that has been welcomed by the IOC, with its President Thomas Bach enc...

Skier lands 7th gold medal for nation

Team China extended its record medal haul at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Wednesday after freestyle skier Qi Guangpu secured the host delegation's seventh gold at his fourth Games.A two-time world champion and winner of 13 World Cup titles, aerial specialist Qi finally won the coveted medal by landing perhaps the biggest jump of his career in the final's medal round to win an individual gold in the daredevils' event, which involves skiers launching themselves off a steep jump to perform multi-flip stunts before trying to land cleanly on a ramp.The gold was Qi's second medal following a silver he won with teammates Xu Mengtao and Jia Zongyang in the mixed team final on Feb 10, and the host delegation's 13th medal at Beijing 2022. China ranked fourth on the Games medal rankings with seven gold, four silver and two bronze by the end of Wednesday's competitions.Entering the medal round with confidence built upon two clean qualification jumps, Qi overcame his nerves to perform a quintuple-twisting triple back flip in a neat fashion, which got him the top score of 129 points.The 31-year-old native of Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, was the only skier on Wednesday night who attempted the super-difficult trick to land cleanly in the gut-wrenching knockout format, which saw half of the 12 finalists eliminated following the first two runs before the final six battled it out in the medal round with a third run.Defending champion Oleksandr Abramenko of Ukraine had to settle for silver after he scored 116.5 points, while Ilia Burov of the Russian Olympic Committee finished third to win bronze at the Games.Both Qi, who finished fourth in 2014 and seventh in 2018, and women's skier Xu had the honor of standing at the top of the Olympic podium at their fourth Games.With the victories by Qi and Xu, who won the women's final on Monday, China has proved its supremacy in the event, in which men's skier Han Xiaopeng first won gold for China at the 2006 Turin Winter Games in Italy.I've been...

Women's 1,500m semifinal of short track speed skating

Han Yutong (R) of China competes during the women's 1,500m semifinal of short track speed skating at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi)Han Yutong of China reacts during the women's 1,500m semifinal of short track speed skating at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)Han Yutong (L) of China competes during the women's 1,500m semifinal of short track speed skating at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi)Hanne Desmet (L) of Belgium and Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands react after the women's 1,500m semifinal of short track speed skating at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Yibo)

IOC gives high praise for COVID-19 prevention and control at Beijing 2022

BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Two positive COVID-19 results related to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games were reported on Tuesday, one from arrival test and the other in the closed-loop, the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee (BOCOG) announced on Wednesday.The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has highly praised the pandemic prevention and control at the Games, which has seen no more than 10 new COVID-19 cases reported inside the closed loop since Feb. 6, including a zero on Feb. 13.I think we sometimes forget we are actually in the middle of a global pandemic. And we are hosting probably one of the most complex international competitions or events in the world very successfully, said IOC spokesperson Mark Adams. So we are not complacent. The Games are not over yet.We're now making sure that everyone can leave safely. That's also a huge logistical challenge. But I would take my hat off to our Chinese friends and colleagues first. Really great work, he added.Huang Chun, deputy director-general of the Office of Pandemic Prevention and Control of BOCOG, attributed the effective control to scientific and practical countermeasures introduced in the Playbook, timely adjustment on the countermeasures and the full cooperation of related personnel.We are seeing very few numbers of confirmed positive cases. We are taking very stringent COVID-19 measures, he said. The Games is still going on and we are optimistic but we still need to be very careful. The success of the countermeasures means the success of the Games.IOC and IPC (International Paralympic Committee) and Beijing Olympic Committee worked very closely together in developing the Playbooks. All of the scientists and doctors in China and across the world were following very closely the development of the pandemic and we are making very careful analysis of each one of the cases and we are making a judgment of the development of a trend of COVID-19 within the closed loop and will make adaptive measures, he cont...

Feature: Low-profile Chinese skier Qi Guangpu saves his best aerials at Beijing 2022

Qi Guangpu of China celebrates after winning the freestyle skiing men's aerials final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Chasing his Olympic dream for 22 years, Chinese veteran Qi Guangpu saved the best at the Beijing 2022 with his biggest smile all over his face as he stood atop the award ceremony for the men's aerials here on Wednesday evening.It's first time for the 31-year-old Qi to be greeted with such a honor. During his previous three Olympic outings, he had his best fourth-place performance at Sochi 2014, besides finishing seventh twice at Vancouver 2010 and PyeongChang 2018.In his dream to be an Olympic champion, Qi has shifted his gear from trampoline at age eight to free ski aerials two years later. He has been keeping a low profile until Wednesday when he stunned the world by clinching his first ever Olympic gold in his homeland.For the Chinese male aerials skiers, this is the second Olympic gold after Han Xiaopeng made the breakthrough at Turin 2006, and the third gold for the Chinese aerials team with Xu Mengtao's crown in the women's event on Monday night.And it's also China's fourth gold at the Games from snow sports, which is often considered as a weak point in China's winter sports. Prior to Beijing 2022, China's snow sporting efforts only witnessed one gold from Han.Freestyle skiing aerials has become a gold mine for China at Beijing 2022, as China has taken two golds and one silver from three aerials events.Qi boasts of textbook technique. His movements are complete and he has mastered them perfectly, Li Nina, the Chinese women's aerials silver medalist at Torino 2006 and Vancouver 2010, once said.In the breathtaking final on Wednesday night, Qi put down a brilliant trick of back double full-full-double full which boasts of a difficulty degree of 5.000, the highest in the world so far, scoring 129 points t...

Finland wins women's ice hockey bronze after beating Switzerland at Beijing 2022

Athletes of Finland celebrate after winning the ice hockey women's bronze medal game of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Wukesong Sports Centre in Beijing, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ran)Finland claimed its fourth Olympic bronze medal in the women's ice hockey following a 4-0 victory over Switzerland.BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Women's ice hockey giant Finland won the Olympic bronze medal at Beijing 2022 after defeating Switzerland 4-0 on Wednesday.Goals from Susanna Tapani, Nelli Laitinen and Michelle Karvinen in the third period, together with Viivi Vainikka's opener in the first, give Finland their fourth Olympic bronze medal in the women's ice hockey.It feels really good, amazing, said Finland captain Jenni Hiirikoski, who got her third Olympic bronze medal in Beijing. Obviously, today Switzerland also played really well, and they made it really tough for us.We have some amazing athletes on this team, said Finland head coach Jusso Toivola. 4-0 is a great result.Elisa Holopainen (R) of Finland controls the puck during the ice hockey women's bronze medal game of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)Finland showed great efficiency on power play in previous matches, and so did they in Wednesday's bronze medal match. The Finns had four power play chances during the match, and made two goals out of them.Finland outshot the Swiss 13-5 in the first period. Vainikka hit the puck into the net on 11 minutes 38 seconds to award the Nordic side 1-0 lead.Both teams fought hard but the second period turned out to be goalless. Finland kept playing aggressively on the offensive side, leading 34-9 on shooting attempts in the first two periods.At the beginning of the final period, Tapani made full use of a turnover, beating Swiss defense through a fast-break attack to extend the advantage to 2-0. It was the sixth goal for the 28-year-old veteran at the 2022 Olympics.Michelle Karvinen (R) of Finland shoots to score during the ice hockey women's bronze medal gam...

Chinese police warn of illegal sales of Beijing Olympic mascot products

BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- The overwhelming popularity of Bing Dwen Dwen, the official mascot of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, has made it a focus of illegal sales.Since the beginning of the Games, China's Ministry of Public Security has been monitoring related illegal acts, including resales of the mascot at higher prices at designated outlets and the distribution of related counterfeit products on online platforms, a ministry spokesperson said on Wednesday.In collaboration with local market supervision authorities, public security organs in Beijing and the eastern province of Zhejiang have cracked down on bootlegged versions of Bing Dwen Dwen, according to the spokesperson.The ministry said that consumers should verify with authorized organizations if a pre-payment or commission fee is requested, and they are encouraged to report fraudulent activities to the police.

Norway wins men's team sprint classic cross-country skiing gold at Beijing 2022

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway reacts after the cross-country skiing men's team sprint classic final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Norway claimed the men's team sprint classic gold medal in cross-country skiing at the Beijing Winter Olympics here on Wednesday.Norway clocked a winning time of 19 minutes and 22.99 seconds for its 13th gold at the Games, remaining atop the medal table.Finland bagged silver with 2.46 seconds behind. The Russian Olympic Committee took bronze in 19:27.28.(220216) -- ZHANGJIAKOU, Feb. 16, 2022 (Xinhua) -- Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway celebrates with his teammate Erik Valnes after the cross-country skiing men's team sprint classic final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)(220216) -- ZHANGJIAKOU, Feb. 16, 2022 (Xinhua) -- Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway celebrates with his teammate Erik Valnes after the cross-country skiing men's team sprint classic final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)(220216) -- ZHANGJIAKOU, Feb. 16, 2022 (Xinhua) -- Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway celebrates with his teammate Erik Valnes after the cross-country skiing men's team sprint classic final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Deng Hua)

Highlights of cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals

Chi Chunxue of China competes during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Deng Hua)Chi Chunxue of China competes during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)Chi Chunxue of China competes during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)Li Xin (L) and Chi Chunxue of China compete during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Deng Hua)Chi Chunxue (1st R) of China competes during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)Chi Chunxue (R) of China competes during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)Li Xin of China crosses the finish line during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)Li Xin (R) of China competes during the cross-country skiing women's team sprint classic semifinals of the Beijing Winter Olympics at National Cross-Country Skiing Centre in Zhang...

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics exemplifies human solidarity, mettle

BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Beijing, the world's first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics, has espied numerous tear-jerking and heart-stirring moments during the ongoing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, which has come to embody the essence of Olympic spirit -- indestructible solidarity and steadfast fortitude.TOGETHER FOR A SHARED FUTUREFu Zhen, a student from the Communication University of China volunteering at Zhangjiakou Medals Plaza (ZMP), stuck to her post even during the weekend that saw heavy snow, guiding photojournalists to the designated areas.Holding their walkie-talkies, Fu and her fellow volunteers maintained regular communication among themselves so as to ensure the award ceremonies are carried out smoothly.Since arriving at the Zhangjiakou competition zone of Beijing 2022 on Jan. 23, Fu has been committed to providing guidance and translation services for members of the press, together with the other volunteers at ZMP, for more than 20 days.Beijing 2022 is the first Winter Olympics after the Olympic motto Faster, Higher, Stronger was updated with the addition of a new word Together. It reflects the courage and determination of people around the world to overcome difficulties such as the COVID-19 pandemic through concerted efforts, Fu said.On Feb. 8, Chinese short-track speed skater Ren Ziwei was awarded his 1,000m gold at Beijing Medals Plaza. Fu watched the joyous moments play out on the screen at ZMP.When our national anthem was played, the volunteers and other working staff kept their eyes glued to the flag-raising ceremony and sang the anthem solemnly. It demonstrates how the solidarity among Chinese people brings all of us together, Fu said.Athletes practice the motto of 'together for a shared future' in the game, while we volunteers also work hand in hand to make due contributions for a 'streamlined, safe and splendid' Olympics, she added.WITH SHEER DETERMINATIONPolish ski jumper Kamil Stoch, the defending champion of men's l...

China keeps semifinal hope alive in Olympic women's team curling

Dong Ziqi (C), Jiang Xindi (L) and Zhang Lijun of China compete during the Curling Women's Round Robin Session 11 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics against Canada at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)Chinese women's curling team keep alive their hopes of reaching the semifinals at Beijing 2022.BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- China kept their hope of reaching the last four alive in the women's team curling through their 11-9 victory over Canada and 8-4 win over Britain at Beijing 2022 here on Wednesday.China, who won over the Britons in the morning, managed a steal of three points in the first two ends of the evening match against Canada, as skip Jennifer Jones only registered a success rate of 19 percent.The Canadians tied the game 3-3 in the fourth end, but China retook a 5-3 lead before the second half.The sixth end saw a twisted situation when Canada swallowed five points with sound build-up and good shots to move ahead 8-5, but China leveled the game again in the eighth end.Canada scored one point in the ninth end, leaving hammer for China in the tenth, where China scored one point to force an extra end.Capitalizing on Jones' miss in her final shot, China sealed their fourth victory with two more points.It probably wasn't our very best game, a little bit disappointed, but was a fun game to play, said Jones. They're very talented curlers and great. They made a lot of good shots.It's our last round robin, so we decided to play our best and enjoy ourselves. If we could have played like this in previous games, I think things will be much better for us. We are learning lessons from all games, said Chinese skip Wang Rui.Jiang Xindi (L) and Zhang Lijun of China compete during the Curling Women's Round Robin Session 11 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics against Canada at the National Aquatics Center in Beijing on Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Liu Xu)Also in the 11th round robin session, South Korea edged Denmark 8-7, Japan overrode ...

Foreign journalists covering Beijing 2022 invited to experience Chinese culture

(ECNS) -- As the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics continue, journalists covering the Games were invited to experience Chinese culture Tuesday.During a tour to the Juyong Pass of the Great Wall organized by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCWOG), about 40 registered journalists witnessed the grand view from the Great Wall, one of the symbols of Chinese culture.There are many Chinese cultures in such a big country compared to where we're from in Europe. It's a very rich culture. It's very diverse. It's something to discover for everyone in the world, said a Winter Olympics journalist from Europe after visiting the magnificent structure.Japanese journalist Ryota Hasebe tweeted in celebration of the Chinese New Year on Jan. 31st. (Photo from a screenshot on Twitter)Many other journalists felt the same way.That's fun for me, and I really enjoy it, said Ute Maag, a freelance journalist from Germany, I have also covered the Olympics of 2008, but I didn't have enough time to come here. So it's great to experience it now.”Croatia's HRT journalist Martina Valid i said she grew interested in traditional Chinese medicine and Tai Chi back at the Main Media Center for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. The tour of the Great Wall also impressed her.I'm really excited to be a part of this tour, she said.Apart from the tour of the Great Wall, foreign journalists were also invited to taste Chinese food.Adam Wood, a journalist from USA Today, barely knew Chinese New Year before. But after he came to Beijing, he knew that this year is the Year of the Tiger and there are 12 zodiacs in Chinese culture, according to China Daily.Brazilian journalist Arlene Pravenik said the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics gave the media an opportunity to learn more about traditional Chinese festivals and culture. We can't visit many places due to COVID-19, but we can have the chance to better understand Chinese culture here in Beijing, she told China Dai...

'22 Games enjoy flurry of creative insurance

Tourists ski at a winter sports park in Tengzhou, Shandong province. SONG HAICUN/FOR CHINA DAILYInsurance policies specially catered to winter sports have been gaining increasing attention as Chinese people's enthusiasm for such activities has been kindled by the ongoing 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.To keep up with Chinese people's increasing participation in winter sports and the rising demand for insurance products related to such hobbies and lifestyles, China's first internet insurance company ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co launched a special accident insurance product on Feb 5 targeting winter sports including alpine skiing, snowboarding and skating. The scope of insurance coverage includes accident medical reimbursement, accident casualty and even reimbursements for trip cancellations. The maximum indemnity stands at 400,000 yuan ($62,982).ZhongAn said winter sports incur higher likelihood of injury, but ordinary accident insurance policies usually do not cover snow-and-ice activities-the major impetus behind launching the new products.Sales of accident insurance covering risky sports such as skiing have spiked 70 percent year-on-year by Feb 9, said Li Yongqiang, an account manager at China Ping An Property Insurance Guangdong branch.Sales of such insurance will remain robust during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics thanks to people's increasing enthusiasm for cold-weather sports. The products are expected to gain more policyholders amid wider proliferation of winter sports in China, said Li.Manulife-Sinochem, the first insurance joint venture in China, saw its premium income from accident insurance covering skiing surge 133 percent on a yearly basis from Jan 1 to Feb 14 this year.Applicable to people aged between 28 and 70, the maximum indemnity of the product comes at 300,000 yuan. People taking part in other high-risk sports such as high-diving or licensed flying can also apply for the insurance.As the underwriter for property and casualty insurance for ...

Decades of efforts behind eco-friendly Olympics

Persistent efforts to combat air pollution and conserve water and forests have helped Beijing stage a green Winter Olympics, an environment official said on Tuesday.In today's Beijing, blue skies dotted with white clouds have become the norm, Yu Jianhua, deputy head of the Beijing Municipal Ecology and Environment Bureau, told a news conference at the 2022 Beijing Media Center.Beijing's air quality last year was the best in historical records, he said. The average concentration of fine particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter was 33 micrograms per cubic meter, which met the national air quality standard.The Chinese capital saw 288 days with good air quality last year, accounting for about 79 percent of the year.The amount of water stored in the Miyun Reservoir, in the city's Miyun district, reached a record 3.5 billion cubic meters, and forests covered nearly half the city's land area, he said.We aim to create an environment where people can see scenery when they open the window and see greenery when going out, Yu said. Since Beijing bid for the Olympics, the city has insisted on green development and hosting the Games in a green way.Decades of efforts had contributed to great improvement, he said.To reduce carbon emissions, the capital focused on low-carbon development in the energy, construction and transportation sectors. Last year, the carbon intensity for every 10,000 yuan ($1,574) worth of GDP was about 0.41 metric tons, down 28 percent compared with 2015, Yu said.By the end of 2017, the city's plain areas were basically free of coal.Additionally, the capital saw the number of new energy vehicles owned by residents rise to 506,000, Yu said.The city also carried out multiple rounds of analysis of PM2.5 sources, with monitoring systems covering both air and land.Joint prevention and control of air pollution was conducted by authorities in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei province and surrounding areas, Yu said.The areas adopted scientific and tec...

Canada wins men's short track speed skating relay at Beijing 2022

Pascal Dion (front L) and Charles Hamelin (front R) of Canada celebrate after Team Canada won the gold medal in the men's 5,000m relay final of short track speed skating at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Fei)BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- Canada claimed the men's 5,000m short track speed skating relay gold, while Choi Min-jeong of South Korea defended her title in the women's 1,500m at the Beijing Winter Olympics here on Wednesday.Led by five-time Olympian Charles Hamelin, Canada won the relay race in six minutes and 41.257 seconds.I just think if you put the work in, anything is possible. Finishing on top of the podium with these guys, it is living your dream, said the 37-year-old Hamelin, who broke his own record as the oldest male short track speed skater to win an Olympic medal.South Korea took the silver in 6:41.679, while Italy bagged the bronze in 6:43.431.China's quartet of Wu Dajing, Ren Ziwei, Sun Long and Li Wenlong was in third place when Sun fell on the ground with 11 laps to go. Ren caught up afterward, but was unable to make up for the gap as China finished fifth.Five teams, 20 skaters, it was quite chaotic. Maybe he was too focused or he wanted to accelerate his speed so badly, said two-time gold medalist Wu about Sun's falling.My teammates are competing in their first Olympics, and they need time to grow stronger. They are in their 20s, or even under 20, so they still have chances, added Wu.Reigning champion Choi came out the winner in the women's 1,500m in two minutes and 17.789 seconds, after renewing Olympic record time in 2:16.831 earlier in the semifinals.Choi took the lead from China's Han Yutong with eight laps to go and kept it to the end.Italian legend Arianna Fontana earned the silver in 2:17.862. It was her 11th career Olympic medal, further extending her record as the most decorated short track speed skater in history.The next [Winter] Olympics will be in Italy, and my first Olympics...

Snow blankets Big Air Shougang

Big Air Shougang, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic venue for freestyle skiing and snowboard big air events, is covered in snow after a weekend blizzard in the capital city. Click the video to see.

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