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German athletes reluctant to say goodbye to Beijing 2022

BERLIN, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The German chef de mission drew a satisfactory picture of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.Dirk Schimmelpfennig spoke of high-quality competitions perfectly set up by the Chinese organizers.Due to the circumstances of the pandemic, we might have to talk about a practically run Olympics. But this was the only way to go through with a challenging and gigantic event like that, the 59-year-old said.The most important task has been perfectly mastered, the official added. Athletes got the opportunity to compete and do what the Olympics are about, it's about sport.Schimmelpfennig reported many positive comments of German athletes already having returned to Europe. They all said it's a pity that the Games are already over, he said.The German praised the close collaboration with the organizers regarding the COVID-19 countermeasures, which were put in place to ensure the safety of athletes and coaches. They always had an open ear for our concerns and our athletes' needs, he said.The official said many athletes regret not having had the opportunity to visit Beijing and other parts of China due to the hygiene measures.Some things we normally have were sadly enough missing, our families, the German house to meet after the competitions and only a lower number of spectators could attend, the official said.German skeleton gold medal winner Hannah Neise spoke about two sunny weeks with wonderful weather.The Games were magnificently organized. The volunteers are always extremely friendly and helpful, she added.Schimmelpfennig and the head of the German Olympic Association, Thomas Weikert, spoke about a satisfying result for the German team.Germany might not have met the number of medals achieved in 2018 when they collected 31, but the 27 medals won at Beijing 2022 speak to a well-oiled squad achieving second place behind Norway in the medal ranking.Weikert announced Germany is going to make a new attempt to apply to host an Olympic Games.A...

'Ice Cube' is curling's coolest hot spot

More international events will be introduced to the Ice Cube, aka the National Aquatics Center, over the coming years after the venue hosted the curling competitions of Beijing 2022 to widespread acclaim. [Photo/Xinhua]Venue becomes sport's new base in China after wowing world at Beijing 2022Proving a huge success as a double-duty Olympic venue, the National Aquatics Center, aka the Ice Cube, during the Winter Games, will continue to drive curling's growth in China beyond Beijing 2022.Keen to build on the buzz generated by the 19-day Olympic program, a new three-party agreement signed on Friday will focus energies on promoting the sport in China after the Games.The World Curling Federation, the Chinese Curling Association and Beijing State-owned Assets Management Co, owner of the Ice Cube, will introduce more international events to the venue and jointly develop a World Curling Academy Training Center at a facility used for training at the Olympics.Programs to train more event operations staff and curling coaches with input from the WCF will also be launched in China and hosted by the aquatics center, according to Kate Caithness, president of the WCF.China has the potential to be one of the biggest curling nations in the world and the coaches and officials who will be trained at this center will help build and promote the foundations of that growth, Caithness said during the agreement signing ceremony at the aquatics center on Friday.The confirmation of this new facility as a World Curling Academy Training Center is the key and I very much applaud the commitment of our Chinese partners to sign this deal.Built for swimming, diving and water polo at the 2008 Summer Games, the aquatics center, known as the Water Cube back then, was transformed into a curling venue for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games-an innovative undertaking that involved filling the pool with retractable steel structures.The whole transformation is reversible, turning the center i...

Commentary: Beijing 2022 a commitment well honored by China

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- For thousands of years, Chinese people have believed that a promise is worth a thousand ounces of gold. As the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games came to a close on Sunday, it is safe to say that China has delivered its promise to the world to host a streamlined, safe and splendid Winter Olympics.International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach called the Beijing Winter Olympics truly exceptional in his closing ceremony speech at the National Stadium.The Olympic spirit could only shine so brightly, because the Chinese people set the stage in such an excellent way and in a safe way, the IOC chief said.The Olympic Games are perhaps the most complex events on the planet, like huge and difficult jigsaw puzzles -- competitions, venues, media operations, accommodation, arrivals and departures, transport and registration. The complexity and difficulties have been more than doubled by the COVID-19 pandemic that is still raging across the world.As the first city to ever host both the summer and winter Olympics, Beijing has provided a model and demonstrated China's solidarity and achievements.Hosting the first Winter Games amid the global pandemic, China adopted a range of stringent and effective COVID-19 countermeasures to make certain that the Games proceeded well.The 17-day-long sporting event welcomed more than 10,000 athletes, journalists and officials from around the world to Beijing in February, when the country was celebrating the Spring Festival.Providing a safe environment for the Olympic participants was the collective work of tens of thousands of organizing staff, volunteers, COVID-19 prevention personnel and other workers, who gave up reuniting with their families during the Spring Festival holiday. In their dedication, they also embodied the Olympic spirit.The country spared no effort to keep everybody safe, earning praise not only from athletes, but also from a wide range of participants.Beijing 2022 also set many re...

17-day Beijing Winter Olympics successfully closes curtain on Sunday. What's left for Chinese people and the world?

In the past 17 days, participants from almost every part of the world gathered in Beijing for the Olympic Winter Games, where they have tried their utmost to compete with others to obtain medals, but also knelt down to hug opponents when they fall on the snow; where they fought for the honor of their country, but also supported each other even at a time when their countries are at odds… This Winter Olympics not only presented the globe with what the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach hailed as a truly exceptional sports feast, but also injected much-needed unity and togetherness to a somewhat divided world.Successfully hosting the Winter Olympics, under the shadow of the raging COVID-19 and against the backdrop of certain countries staging a geopolitical farce, projected to the world China's true nature, said observers, noting it is a welcoming country devoted to unifying countries and promoting peace, and a confident country showing off its achievements. For Chinese people, such a winter sports feast will not only bring the country's ice and snow sports to a new high, it will also have infused the people with much confidence about the country's governance, showing the people how well it works.Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the closing ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, held at the National Stadium in the Chinese capital on Sunday night.During the ceremony, Bach declared the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games closed.Bach called the Beijing Winter Olympics truly exceptional in his speech at the closing ceremony.The Olympic spirit could shine so brightly only because the Chinese people set the stage in such an excellent way - and in a safe way, said the IOC chief. In four points during his speech, Bach extended his thanks and congratulations to the volunteers and to China the host country in Chinese language.At the ceremony, Beijing mayor Chen Jining handed over the Olympic flag to Bach, who handed it over to the ...

China keeps promises as Winter Olympics draws to triumphant close

-- Truly exceptional Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games closed on Sunday with the Olympic spirit shining.-- Strict COVID-19 countermeasures were in place to ensure participants' safety during the Games.-- Beijing 2022 is set to leave lasting legacies with over 300 million people engaged in winter sports in China.BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Olympic flame has been extinguished, bringing down the curtain on the Beijing 2022 Winter Games, but the passion still lingers from the sports gala that has enlivened and inspired the world amid the pandemic.After all 109 medal events had been decided, the closing ceremony was held on Sunday at the National Stadium in Beijing, the first ever city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics. The Olympic baton now has been passed to the Italian cities Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, which will host the 2026 Winter Games.The 2022 Winter Olympics stands out as it both provided a stage for the world's top winter sports athletes and also highlighted China's efforts to host a safe and sustainable global-scale event.Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), lauded the Beijing Winter Olympics as truly exceptional when addressing at the closing ceremony Sunday night.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach speaks at the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium on Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Ga)The Olympic spirit could only shine so brightly, because the Chinese people set the stage in such an excellent way - and in a safe way, said Bach.The Olympic Villages were outstanding. The venues - magnificent. The organization - extraordinary... This unforgettable experience was only possible because of our gracious hosts, the Chinese people, he added.THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT SHINESLet the Olympic spirit of peace, mutual respect, and understanding shine throughout the Games and beyond, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in a video message to the opening...

Beijing 2022 drives surging overseas orders for winter sports gear

Firms rush to up production for domestic, overseas ordersThe snow mania following the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games has boosted the development of a wide range of winter sports industries, including the production of winter sports gear and equipment, with Chinese producers seeing surging orders from both home and abroad.We have been seeing a rapid order increase, a salesperson from Maosen Sports Equipment based in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang Province, told the Global Times on Saturday.Maosen mainly manufactures snow boards, with most of its products being exported to North America and Europe, the salesperson explained. Apart from increased exports, factory orders placed by domestic buyers have also shot up recently, she said.The number of orders increased by 20 percent compared with the same period in 2021, a manager surnamed Liu of a manufacturer of skates and roller skates in Ningbo, told the Global Times on Sunday.According to Liu, workers rushed to increase production for orders from Russia, even during the Spring Festival holiday.A maker of ski poles and snowshoes based in Ninghai county in Zhejiang, saw overseas orders increase by more than 50 percent on a yearly basis. A manager of the enterprise said that they seized the market opportunity of the Winter Olympic Games and quickly developed more than 10 new products according to the market demand.Liming Metalware Co from Ningbo recorded a 50-percent increase in orders from overseas. The firm mainly produces ski poles and ski shoes, according to local media.In the fourth quarter of 2021, Ningbo producers exported ski gear and equipment worth over 196 million yuan ($31 million), a surge of 56.3 percent year-on-year. The export category mainly involves ski clothing and ski shoes and boots, which were mainly sold to North America and Europe, China Media Group reported on Saturday, citing a local customs official.According to Alibaba's AliExpress, overseas sales of Chinese ski products increased by more...

"Truly exceptional" Winter Olympics closes in Beijing

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games came to a triumphant close on Sunday following 16 days of remarkable athletic performances and heart-warming moments that symbolized unity and friendship.Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the closing ceremony at the Bird's Nest Stadium, where International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described the Beijing Games as truly exceptional before declaring it closed.Other senior Chinese leaders Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan were also present at the ceremony.The Olympic spirit could only shine so brightly, because the Chinese people set the stage in such an excellent way - and in a safe way, said Bach.The Olympic Villages were outstanding. The venues - magnificent. The organization - extraordinary... This unforgettable experience was only possible because of our gracious hosts, the Chinese people.With over 300 million people now engaged in winter sports, with the great success of the Chinese athletes, the positive legacy of these Olympic Winter Games is ensured.With the truly exceptional Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 we welcome China as a winter sport country, added the IOC chief.Beijing is now the first city ever to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 opens a new era for winter sport. It is yet another extraordinary example of humanity coming together for a shared future. The Olympic spirit will live on forever, said Cai Qi, president of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee.Employing the theme A Willow Twig, a gift commonly presented when two dear friends part in ancient China, the Beijing 2022 organizers hoped to mark the moment of remembrance with Chinese characteristics.The Beijing Winter Olympics is the first international multi-sport event to be held as scheduled since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.With more than 10,000 athletes, journalists and officials from...

Britain clinches women's curling gold at Beijing Olympics

Athletes of Great Britain pose for photos during awarding ceremony after the curling women's gold medal game of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics between Japan and Great Britain at National Aquatics Centre in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Britain bagged its sole gold at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games on Sunday when they beat Japan for the women's curling title.On the closing day of the Games, Britain, Sochi 2014 bronze medalists, beat PyeongChang bronze medalists Japan 10-3 for the delegation's second medal at the Games, following the runners-up finish in men's curling.The British team, skippered by Eve Muirhead, scored two points with the hammer in the first end, and swallowed two points back-to-back in the following ends, taking the lead 4-1 in the first half.Japan, spearheaded by Satsuki Fujisawa, managed to break through Britain's sound defense and score one point in the sixth end, but two amazing shots by Muirhead in the following end won Britain four points, overriding Japan 8-2.Japan added one point on the scoreboard in the eighth end, but Britain scored two points in the ninth, forcing Japan to surrender before the break of the last end.Britain lost to Japan in the bronze medal game at PyeongChang 2018.Coming in fourth in PyeongChang was incredibly tough. It took me a long time to get over that and even now I still think of that shot, said Muirhead.It's a moment that I've been waiting for for so many years. I've been close but I just haven't been over the line. The girls have helped me become a better curler, they've also helped me become a better person and without them, I wouldn't be here. And it's such an incredible, incredible moment.Like we knew, this was an opportunity that we might never get again. So, I definitely made the most of it. To stand on the podium and get that gold medal around your neck is honestly the moment you will never forget, she added.Athletes of Great Bri...

Beijing 2022 drives surging overseas orders for winter sports gear

Firms rush to up production for domestic, overseas ordersThe snow mania following the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games has boosted the development of a wide range of winter sports industries, including the production of winter sports gear and equipment, with Chinese producers seeing surging orders from both home and abroad.We have been seeing a rapid order increase, a salesperson from Maosen Sports Equipment based in Ningbo, East China's Zhejiang Province, told the Global Times on Saturday.Maosen mainly manufactures snow boards, with most of its products being exported to North America and Europe, the salesperson explained. Apart from increased exports, factory orders placed by domestic buyers have also shot up recently, she said.The number of orders increased by 20 percent compared with the same period in 2021, a manager surnamed Liu of a manufacturer of skates and roller skates in Ningbo, told the Global Times on Sunday.According to Liu, workers rushed to increase production for orders from Russia, even during the Spring Festival holiday.A maker of ski poles and snowshoes based in Ninghai county in Zhejiang, saw overseas orders increase by more than 50 percent on a yearly basis. A manager of the enterprise said that they seized the market opportunity of the Winter Olympic Games and quickly developed more than 10 new products according to the market demand.Liming Metalware Co from Ningbo recorded a 50-percent increase in orders from overseas. The firm mainly produces ski poles and ski shoes, according to local media.In the fourth quarter of 2021, Ningbo producers exported ski gear and equipment worth over 196 million yuan ($31 million), a surge of 56.3 percent year-on-year. The export category mainly involves ski clothing and ski shoes and boots, which were mainly sold to North America and Europe, China Media Group reported on Saturday, citing a local customs official.According to Alibaba's AliExpress, overseas sales of Chinese ski products increased by more...

In pics: closing ceremony of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games

Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Xu)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Xu)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Cao Can)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Ding Xu)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Xiong Qi)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Athletes parade during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Athletes parade during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Athletes parade during the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li He)Children perform during the closing ceremony of the 24th Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Wang Jingqiang)Photo taken on Feb. 20, 2022 shows the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing,...

China's Paralympic team to contest six sports at Games

Program builds up pool of nearly 1,000 disabled athletes covering all major eventsThe Chinese delegation to the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics, to be inaugurated on Monday, will compete in all six sports at the Games.The Paralympics will take place from March 4 to 13, with athletes competing in 78 different events across six sports: wheelchair curling, para ice hockey, cross-country skiing, biathlon, Alpine skiing and snowboarding.Yong Zhijun, deputy director of the China Disabled Persons' Federation's sports department, told a news conference on Sunday that after a late start, China's winter Paralympic movement has grown rapidly in recent years.Before 2015, China only competed in cross-country skiing and wheelchair curling. At the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Paralympics, China was represented by just four athletes. Ten Chinese athletes took part in the Sochi Games in 2014, with the wheelchair curling team finishing in fourth place.At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics, China's wheelchair curling team achieved a major breakthrough by winning the gold medal.In 2015, Beijing and the city of Zhangjiakou in Hebei province won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, ushering in a major opportunity for China's winter parasports, Yong said.The country set up a leading work group with the China Disabled Persons' Federation and kicked off intense preparation for the Games, he added.Yong said the federation has formulated a series of plans, selected athletes from across the country, employed high-level coaches from home and abroad and built national training halls for winter para-sports competitions. The number of Chinese Paralympic athletes has increased from less than 50 to nearly 1,000, covering all major events at the Games.To boost the performance of participating athletes, the federation has carried out training throughout the year, Yong said, adding that all athletes are now engaged in their final training sessions at bases in Beijing, the In...

Xi attends closing ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, held at the National Stadium in Beijing on Sunday night.Chinese President Xi Jinping and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)Party and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)Party and state leaders Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng and Wang Qishan attend the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 20, 2022. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

IOC chief declares Beijing Winter Olympics closed

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach declared the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games closed here on Sunday.Bach called the Beijing Winter Olympics truly exceptional in his speech at the closing ceremony held at the National Stadium.The Olympic spirit could only shine so brightly, because the Chinese people set the stage in such an excellent way - and in a safe way, said the IOC chief.Beijing is the first city ever to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Olympic flame for Beijing 2022 extinguished

The Olympic flame for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, which has been burning in the National Stadium for 16 days, was extinguished at the closing ceremony here on Sunday.The flame, burning in a torch placed in the middle of a giant snowflake-shaped cauldron, gradually went out to the songs by a chorus of children.Their singing transitioned from Beijing 2008's theme song, You and Me to Snowflake, that of Beijing 2022, highlights the historic achievement of the Chinese capital as the first city to host both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Polish speed skater Brodka confirms retirement after Beijing 2022

Polish speed skater Zbigniew Brodka confirmed on Sunday his retirement after the Beijing Winter Olympics, as he achieved as much as he could on the ice track.In 2014, Brodka won gold in the men's 1,500m and bronze in the team pursuit at the Sochi Winter Olympics. In October 2019, the 37-year-old decided to suspend his career, instead taking up work as a fireman. After two years, Brodka returned to the track to book a ticket to Beijing Winter Olympics.The Pole emphasized that Beijing was a perfect place for him to say goodbye, as he started his professional career in a competition in China.I didn't take a medal at my last Winter Olympics but I feel I achieved as much as I could in my career. I was very touched when I thought that it was the end. I confirm that I will retire and that in Beijing I made my last performance. Qualifying for the Winter Games was a really great feat, Brodka said in an interview for local media.The Beijing Winter Games didn't go according to Brodka's plan, as a muscle injury ruled him out of the 1,500m race, his favorite distance. In the mass race he didn't advance into the final round.I'm glad that we managed to take the start at all. Until the end, I didn't believe in my healing, because I felt this injury and it was hard to accept that I would not start the 1,500m, the speed skater added.History has come full circle, because China is a country where I started my journey. I'm very happy. Unfortunately my body is already heavily exhausted. It was balancing on the edge, so we tried to train at the limit, but not exceed it. I have already reached the point when the red light turned on, the two-time Olympic medalist said.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Italian cities Milan, Cortina d'Ampezzo accept Olympic flag in Beijing

At the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games here on Sunday evening, mayors of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo accepted the Olympic flag, marking the start of the countdown to the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.Before being selected to co-host the 2026 Winter Olympics, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo did not have a lot in common.Milan is Italy's financial and fashion capital, home to some 1.4 million residents, and set in a valley surrounded on three sides by mountains. Cortina, in contrast, is a ski resort nestled high in the Alps, with fewer than 6,000 full-time residents.Milan is among Italy's wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities, while Cortina is where many Italian residents take their winter holidays.But on June 24, 2019, the future of the two cities became intertwined after the International Olympic Committee selected the bid from Milan and Cortina over a rival bid from Stockholm and Are in Sweden.The opening ceremony will take place on Feb. 6, 2026 at Milan's San Siro Stadium, home to Serie A football teams AC Milan and Inter Milan. The closing ceremony on Feb. 22, 2026 will be held at the Verona Arena, a 1,992-year-old amphitheater built at the height of the Roman Empire.Broadly speaking, Milan will host indoor competitions such as ice hockey, figure skating, and short track speed skating, while Cortina d'Ampezzo will be the site of Alpine skiing, bobsled, and curling races.A few other spots around northern Italy, such as Valtellina, will host events without being official host cities.Organizers say the planning of the Games will focus on low environmental impacts and cost savings based on reusing or repurposing facilities and infrastructure.It is also notable that much of the image for the 2026 Games have been or will be decided by the public, including the 2026 emblem, mascot, and song.Most of the details about the 25th edition of the Winter Olympics will be worked out over the coming months. Diana Bianchedi, a project manager for the 2026 Ga...

Olympic flag handed over to Milan-Cortina 2026

The Olympic flag has been handed over to mayors of Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, the host cities of the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, at the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Games here on Sunday.Beijing mayor Chen Jining passed the Olympic flag to International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who then handed it to the mayors of the 2026 host cities.The floor was then given to Milan-Cortina, who presented their eight-minute show themed Duality, Together.Enable GingerCannot connect to Ginger Check your internet connectionor reload the browserDisable in this text fieldRephraseRephrase current sentenceEdit in Ginger×

Beijing 2022 is bound to make history: BOCOG president

Cai Qi, president of the Beijing 2022 organizing committee (BOCOG), said on Sunday that the Beijing Winter Olympics is bound to make history as the 16-day event draws to a close.Over the past 16 days, you (media) have covered the Games in an all-encompassing manner despite the inconvenience caused by COVID-19. By doing so, you've helped us present to the whole world an Olympic Winter Games that is bound to make history, Cai told a press conference via video link at the Main Media Center.The BOCOG president underlined that despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, the organizing committee has been devoted to stage a streamlined, safe and splendid Olympic Winter Games in a green, inclusive, open, and clean approach in close cooperation with the International Olympic Committee and various other stakeholders.The Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 is indeed fantastic, extraordinary and excellent, noted Cai, adding that there has been an excellent winter Olympic atmosphere and Beijing has showed unique charm as the first city in history to have staged both the Olympic Summer and Winter Games.Cai said that the event organization has run smoothly to allow athletes to compete in a professional and fair competition environment. They, together with other stakeholders, are also provided with thoughtful services including catering, transport and medical care, which show the sincerity and friendliness of the Chinese people.The competitions have been fantastic, leaving a deep impression and beautiful memory on spectators from all over the world, Cai said.As the first global multi-sport event to be held as scheduled since the COVID-19 outbreak, Beijing 2022 has effective COVID-19 countermeasures, which will provide a successful paradigm for other major international events, Cai said.He also pointed out that the Games will leave lasting legacies in local development and winter sports promotion, which will usher new era in global winter sports development.Held under th...

Beyond record golds, China witnesses inspiring breakthroughs at Beijing 2022

China tallied nine golds and 15 medals overall at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, both record highs for it at a single Winter Olympics.Beyond sporting excellence, the host nation also received huge inspiration in different aspects.Dispatching the largest ever 388-member contingent, including 177 athletes competing in 104 events of 15 disciplines across seven sports, China aimed to achieve its best-ever results in Olympic history at Beijing 2022.Snow sports was a comparatively weak point for China in the past, contributing only one of the 13 golds prior to the Beijing Games, which came from Han Xiaopeng's success in the men's aerials freestyle skiing at Turin 2006.But the tide turned this time, as China has won five out of the nine gold medals in snow sports.With the emergence of teenage sensation Gu Ailing and Su Yiming, Team China has gained a strong boost in snow sports.Gu stomped a double cork 1620 safety grab, a move she had never done in previous competitions, to win the women's freeski big air gold medal, becoming Team China's first female gold medalist on snow.She added a silver medal in slopestyle, before wrapping up her Olympic debut with a gold in her most proficient halfpipe event.At 18 years and 168 days, Gu is the youngest athlete to win three individual medals at the Olympic Winter Games. She also becomes the first freestyle skier to win three medals at a single Winter Olympics.It has been two straight weeks of the most intense highs and lows I've ever experienced in my life. It has changed my life forever, said Gu.Another prodigy shining in snow sports is Su Yiming, who turned 18 on Friday.Following a silver in slopestyle, which made him the first Chinese male snowboarder to reach the Olympic podium, Su bagged a big air gold with two 1800 showpieces, the best birthday gift for the snowboarding boy. At 17 years and 363 days, Su becomes the youngest Chinese athlete to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games.Having already secured his gold,...

Germany's bobsleigh king completes fairytale-like medal harvest at Beijing 2022

German officials couldn't have made better choices regarding the team's flag-bearers for the opening and closing ceremony at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.While the country's king of bobsleigh, Francesco Friedrich, carried the flag for the start of the Olympics, his brakeman Thorsten Margis did the job for the end.The duo set a new record, as Friedrich became the first winter athlete to repeat his double gold from the 2018 Games.Friedrich stands for breathtaking dominance over the past years, as he only lost one World Cup race over the past 24 months.Only five athletes in Olympic history have managed to win the two-man and four-man events, but no one has done it twice before.Nine of the 12 gold medals that Germany won at the 2022 Games were taken by bobsleigh, luge and skeleton athletes.While Germany's sliders won six gold, three silver, and two bronze medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, they increased their harvest in Beijing to nine gold, six silver, and one bronze medals.Johannes Lochner also won two medals, taking silver in the two-man and four-man events.German bobsleigh head coach Rene Spies could hardly find the words to explain the team's success.It has been two extremely tough years as we implemented very strict rules to be safe and gain as much success as possible. Many things had to step back and wait until the job is done, said Spies on the athletes' families and the technical staff.Friedrich is known as an obsessive athlete who works around the clock to optimize his equipment.When we compete, things might look smooth and easy. But no one seems aware what an enormous amount of preparation work has to be done in advance, Margis said.He added that summer time is no free time for bob athletes. Maybe it's the most important time. Losing ground at that time means to lose ground in winter.Friedrich seemed overwhelmed being the first to repeat his double golds. It's more pride about having accomplished a mission, he said.The 31-ye...

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