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Volunteer Vlog: How volunteers exchange pins, greet international friends

Pan Yuwei, a senior student at Renmin University of China, is one of the volunteers at Capital Indoor Stadium for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.She works as a transport service assistant for heads of state and Olympic officials.Pan recorded her volunteering experience on camera. For her, it is a thrill.

Scientific support from Chinese university helps win China’s first-ever medal in Olympic skeleton

China’s Yan Wengang won bronze in the men’s skeleton at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on the evening of Feb. 11, which is the country's first-ever medal in the downhill sliding sport. This breakthrough would not have been possible without the support of the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT).A team member calibrates the starting section of the track. (Photo courtesy of Beijing Institute of Technology)The secret lies in a smart training management system for sliders developed by the BIT’s six member team, most of whom were born in the 1990s. The system, which has been applied to the daily training of skeleton athletes, can monitor the parameters of sliders’ three-dimensional posture during the starting section of their runs, as well as the acceleration achieved during the running start and the trajectory at various curves on the track, data that has played a significant role in improving the slider’s overall performance.Unlike the existing systems developed by other countries, this system is able to monitor the kinematics parameters of sliders during the whole process of their run. “Our system is portable, and offers accurate data on the three-dimensional postures of sliders,” said Huo Bo, professor at the School of Aerospace Engineering of the BIT, who headed the team.Back in 2018, Huo and his team undertook a key program led by the Ministry of Science and Technology to develop technologies catering to athletes for the Beijing Winter Olympics. Three years later, China’s national skeleton team contacted them to seek support.“At the outset, we planned to carry out the kinematics analysis of sliders, but later we realized that the analysis of sliders’ movements at the starting section and at curves were also an urgent need,” said Huo. So they decided to build an analysis system covering the whole process of the run and began with initial calibrations. “To calibrate the track, we spent about two days walking along the track while holding calibration rods in o...

Beijing 2022: freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final

Max Moffatt of Canada competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Fabian Boesch of Switzerland competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Max Moffatt of Canada competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Nicholas Goepper of the United States competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Matej Svancer of Austria competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Alexander Hall of the United States competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Alexander Hall of the United States competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Jesper Tjader of Sweden competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 16, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Haofei)Alexander Hall of the United States competes during the freestyle skiing men's freeski slopestyle final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China...

Dance together for a shared future

Let's all dance to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic beat of Together For A Shared Future.Fan Deduo and wife Peng Xiaoying of Ruian in Zhejiang Province have garnered at least 5.5 million social media followers since 2020 with their rural shuffle.

Germany's bobsleighers turn to training after historic victory at Beijing 2022

BERLIN, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- In a truly historical moment Germany's bobsleigh golden boy spoke about next is the morning training sessions.Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich expressed his pride at having achieved a landslide victory with the German two-man-bob teams taking all three medals Tuesday at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, producing the first bob podium sweep in Olympic history.But the 31-year-old quickly announced that training sessions for the four-man-bob competition would start at 9:30 am the next day. That means for us, quickly collecting the medals and returning to our preparations, he stated.Friedrich took the crown after four runs together with his brakeman Thorsten Margis ahead of Johannes Lochner and Florian Bauer followed by the thirds, Christoph Hafer and Matthias Sommer.International fans might have been amused about the serious Germans taking every bit of their sports as the most important thing on earth.But for the detail-loving Friedrich, things go far beyond the scrupulous performance of duties.Friedrich called bob driving one of life's most fascinating things. He even compared it to perfection as so many details must be considered.Thousands of little pieces need to be put together to create the big picture, he added. Little parts must fit to follow your desire to run down an icy slope, hunting hundredths of seconds, he said.He almost sounded as if he was talking about aeronautics in outer space.For pioneers of his kind, every bit of available time seems like a treasure as it allows him to create a piece of art.Science is playing an essential role in today's bobsleigh. Long before investigating the next track, the German is spending months trying to optimize his equipment.He might have spent more time at the Berlin-based institute for science and development of sports equipment than at home with his family.In addition to using a sled simulator invented by car manufacturer BMW in Munich to practise riding the track in Beijing a dozen t...

Feature: Bosnia's Olympic flag bearer becomes internet celebrity

SARAJEVO, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- I will never forget the friendly and hospitable atmosphere in Beijing, Mirza Nikolajev, a 20-year-old luger from Bosnia and Herzegovina, told Xinhua upon his return home from the Olympic Winter Games in the Chinese capital on Tuesday.At the Olympic village in Beijing everybody was always so cheerful and smiling all the time. They did their best to make you feel at home, Mirza said in a video interview.I am happy to have had the opportunity to meet the bobsleigh teams from Brazil and the United States and the women's monobob athletes from the Netherlands. As is customary at the Olympic Games, we all exchanged badges, and I'm proud to say that ours were highly sought after, Mirza wrote in a post on the Bosnian Olympic Committee's official website.Nikolajev had the honor of carrying his country's flag at the opening ceremony, and he won the hearts of lots of fans with his wink to the camera.When I left for Beijing I had some 900 followers on Instagram. Today, I have more than 29,000 and counting. It's crazy and flattering at the same time. I cracked quite a few jokes with my girlfriend about the countless compliments I received from girls and the invitations to extend my stay in China, he said upon his return to his hometown Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia, where he received a hero's welcome from his parents Denis and Amina, brothers Faris and Bakir, and his whole neighborhood.My three sons are all athletic types, always eager to try out different sports, such as swimming, judo, handball, basketball, football, skating and skiing, Denis said, explaining that Mirza fell in love with the adrenalin-fueled sport when he was 14.It happened during a family trip to the Bobsleigh and Luge Track on Trebevic Mountain near Sarajevo, which was built for the 1984 Sarajevo Olympic Winter Games but was destroyed during the war in the 1990s. Partial renovations began in 2014, but the site can be used by lugers for summer training only, with sleds on ...

Italy's injured champion Goggia takes silver in Beijing, earning national praise at home

ROME, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Italian Alpine skiing champion Sofia Goggia was hailed across Italy Tuesday for her bravery, as she earned a silver medal in the women's downhill just some 20 days after sustaining injuries to her knee.Goggia was the defending Olympic downhill champion, and came within 0.16 seconds of defending her title at the Beijing Winter Olympics.On January 23, Goggia crashed during the Alpine ski World Cup in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, and suffered multiple serious injuries to her left knee.Originally scheduled to be the flag bearer for Italy at the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics in Beijing, Goggia was pulled from that role so that she could rest.In Tuesday's race, Goggia defied odds and briefly, near the end, held the lead with a time of 1 minute 32.03 seconds. But she was bested by 0.16 seconds by Switzerland's Corinne Suter, who took the gold medal. Nadia Delago, another Italian, finished the third to take bronze.Finishing second, Goggia could not contain her glee when the results were announced.For me, the Olympic Games are the most important thing, my childhood dream, Goggia said on Italian television. I gave everything I had just to be here after what happened in Cortina. I knew in my heart that after all the effort it took to come back from the crash, the race itself would be the easy part.Italian media praised the result of the race on Tuesday. On social media in Italy, Goggia was also a trending topic all day.La Gazzetta dello Sport, Italy's sports daily, called Goggia a giant of sport even if she fell 0.16 seconds from being a legend.Milan-based Corriere della Sera called Goggia ferocious and said the result showed her capacity to suffer.Tutto Sport newspaper said Goggia's performance was a source of national pride.The medals for Goggia and Delago were two of 13 medals Italy has earned so far in Beijing, namely two gold medals, six silvers, and five bronze medals. According to media reports, this is the country's fourth bes...

Interview: "Athletes should fight like tigers," says Swiss artist celebrating Beijing Winter Olympics

GENEVA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Swiss light artist Gerry Hofstetter's latest work Tiger on Eiger has lit up one of Switzerland's highest mountain peaks with a giant light projection of a tiger in celebration of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games being held at the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Tiger.The message was that all the athletes around the world participating in the Olympic Games should fight in China, in Beijing, like tigers for the metals, and some Swiss already won, Hofstetter told Xinhua recently.With a distance of 7.7 km between the artist and the projection, Hofstetter said the artistic projection on the north face of the Eiger mountain in Grindelwald was one of the largest in the world, as the size of the tiger is 5.3 km long and 2.2 km tall.The idea came to Hofstetter's mind when he realized the shape of the Eiger mountain is like a lying tiger which represents strength and power.Hofstetter said he and his team spent more than a year preparing the projection, for which the weather, wind, clouds, moon position, snow and the constellation of the stars had to fit perfectly into a 15-minute timeframe.Hofstetter said he particularly chose the time of the Beijing Winter Olympics to stage the show as he felt it would motivate all competing athletes to fight like a tiger for victory.The main message behind Tiger on Eiger was to give a sign around the globe during the Year of the Tiger, said Hofstetter. Everybody should fight in his or her life like a tiger and be encouraged to do things.According to the artist, through the work which he sees as a gift from Switzerland to the Asian world, he also wants to pay a tribute to the species of tiger, and encourage people to take measures to maintain the planet's ecological balance.As an internationally active light artist and also a film producer, Hofstetter said he is committed to the fight against climate change and to a prosperous future for humans, animals and Nature.I would like to use this 'T...

Hydrogen-fueled autonomous bus offers convenient shuttle services in Zhangjiakou competition zone of Beijing 2022

Equipped with level 4 (L4) autonomous driving technology, a hydrogen-fueled bus offered convenient shuttle services in the Zhangjiakou competition zone of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Feb. 12, wowing journalists covering the Games.Photo shows the autonomous bus. (Photo/cnjiwang.com)The L4 autonomous bus, independently developed by a Chinese company, was put into service at a ski resort in the competition zone on Jan. 1, according to Song Xiaoliang, an employee of the company at the competition zone.The bus primarily operates along a 4-kilometer route to transport workers for the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and volunteers, Song said.Song demonstrated its unique features, showing that the bus has no gas pedal, brake or steering wheel, but can automatically slow down, stop and can maintain safe distances.Photo shows the interior of the autonomous bus. (Photo/cnjiwang.com)“The bus is equipped with radar, navigation systems, and other intelligent devices, which can transmit road conditions to its terminal control system at any time, while the latter will ensure safe autonomous driving through an autopilot algorithm and cloud operation management platform,” Song said.Song added that environmentally friendly paint, shell, and tempered glass are all used for the self-driving bus, which is closely linked to the concept of a green Winter Olympics.

TCM shines at Beijing 2022

A 100-square-meter room which displays elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) culture, located in the media center of the ongoing 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, has become popular with journalists from home and abroad.Photo shows TCM elements displayed on a screen. (Photo/Xinhua)The TCM culture and experience spaces have been established especially for the Winter Olympics. Media sources have indicated that Beijing 2022 is the first world-level sporting event that prominently highlights TCM.Three TCM drugs and three prescriptions to treat COVID are exhibited at the Chinese Medicine Culture Space in the main media center. An official with the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (CASMS) said in addition to the TCM drugs and prescriptions on display, other TCM medicines and prescriptions also play a role in COVID prevention and treatment.The CASMS led the effort in designing and constructing the Chinese Medicine Culture Space. “We hope to present a traditional, modern and innovative TCM culture to the world,” said the CASMS official.“Through the application of modern technologies, TCM has shown innovation, and is currently aiming to continue its high level of development. Similarly, by building the Chinese Medicine Culture Space, we followed the same philosophy. TCM never rejects advanced technology, instead it has employed various forms of modern technology in order to continue its development ,” said the official.International media workers, including those from the Olympic Broadcasting Services, the BBC, and TV Asahi, visited the Chinese Medicine Culture Space frequently. According to the center’s staff members, many international journalists have come to learn about TCM culture and experience Taijiquan at the Chinese Medicine Culture Space, with some asking to receive acupuncture treatment.People practice Taijiquan in the Chinese Medicine Culture Space. (Photo/Xinhua)In addition to the Chinese Medicine Culture Space, the Olympic villages in the ...

Female athlete from China’s Xinjiang competes in Winter Olympics for second time

Tian Ruining in a competition. (Photo provided by an amateur sports school in Karamay, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region)Tian Ruining, a female athlete from Karamay, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, locked down the 14th place at the speed skating women’s 500m of the Beijing Winter Olympics held on the evening of Feb. 13. This is the second time that the 25-year-old athlete has competed in the Winter Olympics, following the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.Tian first became fond of sports when she was very young and got her first pair of roller skates at the age of 8. Later, she started to ice skate and gradually sharpened her skills, using her previous experience in roller skating. “When I skate, I feel like I’m flying,” she said.Driven by a passion for skating, Tian has carried out arduous training. “Tian couldn’t have made her achievements so far without years of effort. She is hardworking and tenacious, which is why she constantly outdoes herself,” noted Ma Chao, one of Tian’s earliest coaches and a speed skating coach at an amateur sports school in Karamay where Tian studied skating.In 2010 and 2014, Tian participated in the 12th and 13th Games of Xinjiang on behalf of Karamay, in which she won the first place in four individual items of her group and clinched the all-round championship.Later in 2016, she was admitted into the national team, and then won silver and bronze at the 13th National Winter Games of China held that year.“I hope I can deliver my best possible performance at Beijing 2022,” she said, adding that she hoped to make use of the opportunity brought about by the Beijing Winter Olympics to vigorously promote winter sports together with all sports enthusiasts and get more people involved in winter sports.Speaking of her performance at the speed skating women’s 500m, Tian said that she will watch the video later to find out her disadvantages so as to continuously improve herself and strive for better results at t...

The Thought Behind Snow Sports Venues

At the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, athletes from around the world think highly of the two snow sports venues,“Snow Ruyi” National Ski Jumping Center in Hebei’s Zhangjiakou city, and “Snow Flying” Shougang Big Air in Beijing’s Shijingshan district. The question on many competitors’ lips is, what is the thought behind the venues’ designs?The National Ski Jumping Center, also called Snow Ruyi, is in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province. (PHOTO: XINHUA)At the outset, Zhang Li, the designer of the two sports venues and dean of School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, was not familiar with the two competition events. From watching previous games, he gradually began to understand the use of the venues and realized that the beauty of sports is determined by the posture and curve presented by the athletes in the air. After many discussions and brain storming sessions, the vision of “Snow Ruyi” and “Snow Flying” became clear to Zhang.“Snow Ruyi” National Ski Jumping Center—a gift from natureThe design of “Snow Ruyi” is inspired by the traditional Chinese ornament Ruyi. In Chinese culture, Ruyi, usually made of jade or gold, represents auspiciousness.When Zhang received the track curve of the National Ski Jumping Center, provided by the International Skiing Federation (ISF), he decided to create the track capped by the top of “Snow Ruyi”, a circular room with an outer diameter of 80 meters and an inner diameter of 40 meters. It can be also be used for sightseeing after the competition.The installation of a huge cantilevered building over the track, unrelated to the athletes, is unprecedented internationally. Zhang was not sure whether it would be certified by the ISF. However, considering the sustainable use of the stadium after the Games, the ISF finally agreed on the design with Chinese cultural characteristics. Thus the overall shape of “Snow Ruyi” was established.The top of “Snow Ruyi” is composed of two jumping platforms, which can accommodate 500 people, and is more ...

Volunteers add colors to Beijing Olympic Winter Games

Energetic, warm, friendly, and considerate, volunteers serving the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, capital of China, have added brilliance and colors to the splendor of the Games.An Olympic volunteer provides transportation information for a foreign journalist at the service desk of the Main Media Center (MMC) for the Beijing Winter Olympics, Feb. 3, 2022. (People’s Daily Online/Chen Shangwen)Olympic volunteers are considered the business card of Olympic host cities and their services important guarantee of the success of Olympic Games. At the Beijing 2022, volunteers have impressed the world with their friendly attitude and positive spirit.A total of 19,000 volunteers, who have been selected from more than one million applicants, are providing services covering a dozen of fields at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, including sports competition, venue management, language services, and media operations. Ninety-four percent of these volunteers are under 35 years old.From the Main Media Center (MMC) and the competition venues for the Games to neighborhoods in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the co-host city of the Beijing 2022, volunteers are seen in various spots related to the sports event.Besides the 19,000 volunteers selected to serve the Winter Olympics, about 200,000 city volunteers are helping maintain traffic order, provide information consulting services, and promote civilized behavior in Beijing, becoming a highlight of the city.Before taking up their posts at the Games, volunteers have gone through multiple procedures and a series of training.Olympic volunteers help foreign journalists at the Photo Help Desk of the Main Media Center (MMC) for the Beijing Winter Olympics, Feb. 3, 2022. (People’s Daily Online/Chen Shangwen)Extensive recruitment, rigorous selection and scientific training are essential for building a team of volunteers with high comprehensive quality, strong service capability and a high level of professional compete...

Beijing Winter Olympics shows resilience of sport amid pandemic: reports

DUBAI, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing Beijing Winter Olympics has proved to the world the resilience of sport amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to media reports out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).Despite extreme challenges under the current circumstances, the Beijing Winter Olympics has experienced a fantastic start with all measures in place to ensure the safety of those taking part, said an editorial by Gulf News, an English daily based in Dubai.Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi of the UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan praised the opening ceremony and the high level of organization of the Games, the Emirates News Agency said in a press statement.The crown prince, who was invited to attend the opening ceremony and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Games, also wished it success in strengthening bridges of understanding and friendship among the world's youth, thus solidifying the foundations of peace and coexistence on the international arena, said the report.The ability of the Chinese government to host a huge international event during the pandemic is really highly commendable, said Liza Grey, a communications professional from Dubai.It speaks well of the slogan of this year's Games -- Together for a Shared Future -- that we all can move away from the pandemic if we show solidarity, and sports have proven that, he added.Based on mutual respect and cooperation, ties between the UAE and China have entered a new and special era, said an article published by Abu Dhabi-based English daily The National, citing the UAE ambassador to China Ali Obaid Al Dhaheri.

China equals best record in Olympic golds, French pair crowned in ice dance

Xu Mengtao of China celebrates after winning the gold medal in the freestyle skiing women's aerials final of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province on Feb. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Xu Chang)After Xu Mengtao's win in the women's aerials freestyle skiing, China has won record-equalling five gold medals at Beijing 2022.BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- China has tied its best record number of Olympic gold medals after veteran Xu Mengtao won its fifth gold at Beijing 2022 in the women's aerials freestyle skiing, while French pair Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron emerged winners in figure skating ice dance on Monday.With five gold, three silver and two bronze medals after Day 10 action, China sits seventh on the medal standings. Ten medals are just one short of China's best performance in medal haul, set at Turin 2006 and Vancouver 2010.Competing in her fourth Olympics, Xu registered a match-best 108.61 points among six skiers in the final 2 for the host's fifth gold medal at the Games.Xu Mengtao of China competes in the freestyle skiing women's aerials final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province on Feb. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Fei Maohua)This is the first Olympic gold from the women's aerials for China. After Han Xiaopeng was crowned in the men's aerials at Turin 2006, China has been waiting for 16 years to win its second Olympic gold from the discipline.I'm just super excited, said an elated Xu. This is the first gold medal by China in women's aerials and it's just super cool.The 31-year-old was followed by Hanna Huskova from Belarus in 107.95 points. Megan Nick from the United States was third in 93.76 points. Another Chinese skier Kong Fanyu ranked sixth.With the gold, four-time world champions Papadakis and Cizeron made up for the regret four years ago in PyeongChang.The 2018 Olympic silver medalists demonstrated their dominance over the discipline with...

Winter Olympians' northeastern accent delighting fans

Although many different languages can be heard among competitors at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, a Mandarin dialect spoken in Northeast China is attracting attention and delighting many fans.The dialect is mainly spoken in the three northeastern provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang, and as many Chinese winter athletes were either born or train in the region, it is widely spoken among them.The dialect, which can confuse speakers of standard Mandarin, uses idiomatic expressions and is known for humorous phrases. Sometimes this causes translation problems.On Saturday, after speed skater Gao Tingyu claimed gold in the men's 500-meter speed skating event, he was asked by a reporter at a news conference to describe his personality. The 24-year-old from Yichun, Heilongjiang, replied in a self-deprecating way that he was gelu, which in the northeastern dialect means offbeat.The word confused the interpreter who did not understand the dialect and translated the phrase into English as I think I'm quite… glue.Gao's dialect soon made him a trending topic online, with many netizens amused by it and calling for an interpreter with greater proficiency in the northeastern dialect.The dialect was also noticed at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. Short track speed skaters Sandor Liu Shaolin and his brother Liu Shaoang, representing Hungary, told media that they train in Changchun, Jilin, their coach is Chinese and they are fluent in the dialect. The brothers have a Chinese father and Hungarian mother.Sidney K Chu, a short track speed skater from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, did not make the men's 500m final after his heat on Friday. However, he is popular with fans for the way he switched seamlessly from Cantonese to the northeastern dialect in interviews.Hong Kong lacks a standard speed skating venue, and Chu and his teammates have trained in Jilin for many years and communicate frequently with coaches and athletes in the dialect. Northe...

French duo crowned, Chinese ice dancers make history at Beijing 2022

Victoria Sinitsina, Nikita Katsalapov of ROC, Gabriella Papadakis, Guillaume Cizeron of France and Madison Hubbell, Zachary Donohue of the United States (from L to R) pose after the figure skating ice dance free dance match of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)BEIJING, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- France's four-time world champions Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron danced to the gold here on Monday, while Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu ranked 12th to set a new best result for Chinese ice dancers at a Winter Olympics.Papadakis and Cizeron, the 2018 Olympic silver medalists, re-stated their dominance over this discipline with another new highest score, 136.15 points in the free dance, bringing their overall score to 226.98 for the championship.Russian Olympic Committee athletes Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov, the current world champions and the 2020 and 2022 European champions, settled for the silver with a 131.66-point free dance and 220.51 points overall.American 2021 world silver medalists Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue took the bronze with a season-best free dance of 130.89 and 218.02 overall.China's sole ice dance representatives in this Olympic Winter Games, Wang and Liu, scored 111.01 points in the free dance, which added to their rhythm dance score of 73.41 to rank the Chinese pair 12th on 184.42 overall.Before Wang and Liu's performance on Monday, the country's best result in ice dancing had stood for 30 years when Han Bing and Yang Hui finished 18th at Albertville 1992.The French duo of Papadakis and Cizeron, who did not compete at last month's European Championships or the 2021 World Championships because of COVID concerns, set a new personal best and world-record score with 90.83 points in Saturday's rhythm dance.Putting out an excellent performance to Gabriel Faure's Elegy in the free dance, Papadakis and Cizeron earned a level four to the straight line lift, t...

China's Olympic COVID-19 bubble works: The Independent

Athletes participate in training before the Curling Women's Round Robin Session 8 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Japan and South Korea at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 14, 2022. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)Outside the Olympic bubble, life goes on as usual for most in the nation's capital, said the report.LONDON, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Bringing in more than 15,000 people from all corners of the world to Beijing for the Winter Olympics poses a formidable risk of COVID-19 spreading in China. Still, the country's closed-loop management has proven resilient, British media outlet The Independent has recently reported.One week into the event, with the bubble that allows participants to skip quarantine but restricts their movement to avoid contact with the general population, there have been 490 confirmed cases -- many of them positive tests on symptomless visitors -- and no reports of any leaking out to date, the report said on Friday.Outside the Olympic bubble, life goes on as usual for most in the nation's capital, it said, noting that people have been following the Games on smartphones or TV.According to the report, China's approach towards COVID-19 infections has kept the virus at bay, with 4,636 deaths being reported since the start of the pandemic, a tiny fraction of those in other major nations.

Volunteer work a window to the world

This was Liu Yao's first year not to return home for Spring Festival. Instead, the junior student stayed on duty at the National Cross-country Skiing Centre in Zhangjiakou, one of the competition sites of the Beijing Winter Olympics.Wearing a blue and white down coat, and, of course, a mask, Liu serves as a transport services assistant with two other volunteers. They are mainly responsible for vehicle scheduling and providing traffic information for the Olympic family.In between her shifts, Liu joins sophomore Hu Mengmeng at a shuttle-bus stop, helping journalists with directions, most commonly those looking to find the ZBC(Zhangjiakou Broadcast Center).Both are students from Hebei GEO University, two of the thousands of volunteers at Beijing 2022, often unsung heroes who help keep the Olympics operating smoothly.It is cold in Zhangjiakou, especially after sunset, so wrapping up is essential if the volunteers are on duty outside.We are equipped with lots of hot packs and change shifts every 45 minutes. If it's too cold, we shorten the intervals to 30 or 20 minutes, Hu said. There is also a lounge for us to rest with hot drinks and snacks.Their working hours depend on the competition times. If there are no races on the schedule, Liu and her colleagues can rest in the lounge, browsing the internet or chatting with friends.If there is an event, for example when I'm at the traffic information desk, I will be on duty a couple of hours before the race to three hours after, Liu explained. Inside, and with chairs.The students have been stationed in the center since late January, when they received training and familiarized themselves with the different traffic routes and the abbreviations for venue names.When Liu began dealing with the first Olympic arrivals, she said she was afraid she might give them the wrong directions because she was not totally familiar with the site, and felt a little nervous to speak English with foreigners.Although I major in English, I re...

Diamond-encrusted Bing Dwen Dwen makes debut in C China's Zhengzhou

A diamond-encrusted Bing Dwen Dwen, mascot of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is on display at an authorized merchandise store in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, Feb. 14, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Kan Li)The special version of Bing Dwen Dwen is about 16cm high and embedded with about 2,700 artificial diamonds over its body, which has a limited release volume of 2,022 units selling at 2,022 yuan ($317.94) each.People take photos of the diamond-encrusted Bing Dwen Dwen, mascot of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at an authorized merchandise store in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, Feb. 14, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Kan Li)A diamond-encrusted Bing Dwen Dwen, mascot of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is on display at an authorized merchandise store in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, Feb. 14, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Kan Li)A diamond-encrusted Bing Dwen Dwen, mascot of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is on display at an authorized merchandise store in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, Feb. 14, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Kan Li)A diamond-encrusted Bing Dwen Dwen, mascot of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is on display at an authorized merchandise store in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, Feb. 14, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Kan Li)Staff members introduce the diamond-encrusted Bing Dwen Dwen, mascot of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics to netizens in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province, Feb. 14, 2022.

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