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Gu wins women's free ski halfpipe, her second gold for China at Beijing 2022

Chinese athlete Gu Ailing celebrates after the freestyle skiing women's freeski halfpipe final of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Free ski talent Gu Ailing eased to top podium of her odds-on halfpipe at the Beijing 2022 here on Friday, which is her second gold medal for host China.Gu, 18, grabbed her first gold in the big air event in her Olympic debut on Feb. 8 in Beijing, and won the silver in the slopestyle here on Feb. 15.On winning three medals at Beijing 2022, Gu said, 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.I'm so honored to be here and I'm even more honored by this platform that I've been given to be able to spread this message and inspire young girls through my own passion for the sport and to be able to hopefully spread the sport to people that might not have heard of it before, she added.Best at halfpipe in the three events she attended, Gu scored 93.25 points in her first run to lead the 12-strong final standings, collected 95.25 points in her second run to extend the lead and sealed the win before her third run.Gu was the last competitor came out in every run in the final as she topped the qualification with 95.50 on Thursday. Before her third run on Friday, all the other finalists could not surpass her definitely. Then Gu made an easy run to celebrate her triumph.On how she outdid herself in her second run, Gu said, It was pretty windy today, I was struggling during practice especially with speed and so in my first run it just felt so good to put it down and to be able to have a score.In my second run I wanted to step it up. Cassie with a 1080 inspired me so I wanted to put the right alley-oop 5 in.Skiing is all about fun and individuality and being able to express yourself and find that flow, and for myself I really f...

Su Yiming enjoys the perfect birthday gift

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- A historic big air gold at his Winter Olympic debut on home soil seemed to be the best birthday gift for Su Yiming, who turned 18 on Friday.Before the Beijing Winter Olympics, Su was better known as a movie star rather than a snowboarder. Now as Beijing 2022 comes to an end, Su shared his Olympic journey with Xinhua.WINTER OLYMPICS: FULL OF LOVEI spent the past 48 hours trying to remember all the experiences and all the feelings I had that day and this entire Winter Olympics, said Su. I spent a lot of time thinking about the past four years, like the first time my father took me snowboarding.With two stunning 1800 performances, Su had already secured the gold medal ahead of his final run in big air final. Just when many thought he would challenge his 1980 trick that was certified by the Guinness World Record, Su slid down with probably the easiest trick he could do to wrap up his time at the Beijing Winter Olympics.I have dreamed about this moment for a long time and put in all my efforts to try to achieve that goal, said Su. I have faced so many challenges and difficulties in the past four years.I wanted to try some more difficult tricks, but when I actually stood on the starting stand, I just wanted to finish my third run in my favorite style, Su recalled. All I thought was to enjoy that run and enjoy the most precious and beautiful moment of my life.Su's parents were watching from the stands but outside the closed-loop, so they were not able to really share that moment face to face with their son.I knew they were there, but I couldn't really see them, I couldn't get up close, so I called them, Su said. No matter what decision I made, they've always supported me and believed in me. I wouldn't be where I am today without their full support.With a gold medal in big air and a silver in slopestyle, Su also received two Bing Dwen Dwen mascots from the award ceremony, all of which are lying on his bed.I still have them on my...

Interview: IOC member says Beijing Olympics offers safe environment with well-planned measures

ISTANBUL, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics offer a safe and secure environment for all participants, thanks to well-planned and well-prepared health measures, Ugur Erdener, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and president of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, has said.Erdener, who is also the head of the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission, reviews and assesses health-related issues on a daily basis, including COVID-19 measures and the air quality, during the Games with close cooperation with the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG).Every morning in our daily meetings, we make these evaluations with both the medical officials of BOCOG and the experts of our International Olympic Committee that we have specially designated for the Games, he told Xinhua in a recent online interview.The IOC official emphasized China's successful management in preventing COVID-19 from spreading in the Olympic villages in Yanqing district, Beijing's downtown and Zhangjiakou in Hebei province.As a medical person, I can say that the environment in the area (defined as the closed-loop), where everyone participating in the Olympic Games lives together, is currently the safest place in the world, said Erdener, a physician specialized in Ophthalmology.On the health services provided in the villages, Erdener said all have well-equipped outpatient clinics and hospitals that support them with ambulances and ambulance helicopters, and injuries or any other health issues can be intervened instantly.In his view, China took a big step forward in constructing sustainable and environmentally friendly facilities based on green energy.With regard to the Big Air Shougang, a facility where big air competitions are held, he said it reveals a beautiful transformation of an old industrial area into a park, preservation of all the facilities there, but at the same time their rearrangement with an environmentally friendly approach ... The...

France's Braisaz-Bouchet wins women's 12.5km mass start biathlon gold at Beijing 2022

Justine Braisaz-Bouchet of France celebrates after passing the finish line during biathlon women's 12.5km mass start of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Biathlon Centre in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Guo Cheng)CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- France's Justine Braisaz-Bouchet claimed her first gold medal at Beijing 2022 after winning the women's 12.5km mass start biathlon here on Friday.Braisaz-Bouchet missed four shots but she managed to take the title in 40 minutes and 18 seconds. She was not among the leaders as they came to the first standing stage. With a clean record in five shots in first standing, the French star missed only one shot in the last shooting while her main contenders missed two.The Frenchwomen won a bronze medal in the women's relay at the 2018 Games before taking the gold medal as the second Olympic Winter Games medal of her career.I was so shocked I had won. I'm really happy to say that I'm Olympic champion. It's quite amazing. It's a really big feeling and I want to thank my family, my husband, especially for him. A big thank you to all the team and the people who support, Braisaz-Bouchet explained on her emotions after crossing the finish line.Norway's Tiril Eckhoff secured the silver, 15.3 seconds behind the winner. She got bronze medals in this event at Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.I'm really satisfied with my personal best -- a silver at the Olympics. I'm super happy about that, said Eckhoff.Another Norwegian Marte Olsbu Roeiseland finished third, 34.9 seconds back, adding a fifth to her medal collection here that also includes gold medals in the mixed relay, the 10km pursuit and the 7.5km sprint and a bronze in the 15km individual.Roeiseland became the first biathlete, male or female, finishing on the podium in all four individual events at a single Olympic Winter Games.It has been really amazing. I have five medals-three golds and two bronze-and that's ju...

British Olympic official incredibly pleased with Beijing Olympic Village, competition venues' quality

With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics coming to an end, athletes from all over the world have expressed their appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the considerate, exquisite and trustworthy support provided by the Beijing Organizing Committee.From meticulously prepared cuisines to reliable medical care, from effective epidemic measures to the timely support during extreme weather conditions, China has done its best in safeguarding a smooth and wonderful sports event which has already witnessed considerable breakthroughs.In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, Georgina Harland, an Olympic medalist and Chef de Mission Team Great Britain (GB) for Beijing 2022, said she has enjoyed Beijing Winter Olympics so far.I know the athletes are pleased with the facilities and have enjoyed competing at the venues. The Olympic Winter Games is the pinnacle of these athletes' careers so everything we do at Team Great Britain is targeted at supporting the athletes and giving them the best possible environment to prepare and be ready to reach the start line in the best possible manner. For the Beijing Games we have also created performance gyms in our own Team GB spaces for the first time, she said.Team Great Britain brought 50 of its most talented winter sports athletes to compete in Beijing. The country is developing well as an emerging force in winter sports and challenging some of the more established nations at winter sports.What we do know is that our athletes will be further inspired by what they see out here in China. From our early experiences in the country and with our team having been on the inside of the Games environment for a few weeks, we are incredibly pleased with the quality of the Olympic Villages and, in particular, the competition venues, Sir Hugh Robertson, Chair of the British Olympic Association and former Minister of Sport and for the Olympics, told the Global Times. Robertson oversaw the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for th...

China's accomplishments in hosting green Winter Olympics hailed: official

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's achievements in hosting the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in an environmentally friendly manner have been fully acknowledged by the international community, a Chinese environmental official said Friday.Wang Jinnan, head of the Chinese Academy of Environmental Planning under the Ministry of Ecology and Environment, made the remarks at a press conference.International media outlets have written about the best practices of the ongoing green Winter Olympics, fully affirming the accomplishments of Beijing 2022 in terms of green, low-carbon and sustainable development, Wang said.A recent article on Nature's website describes the effectiveness of China's strategy to achieve a clean and low-carbon Winter Olympics, proving that it is possible to achieve carbon neutrality in a wider range of events, Wang noted.

Chinese figure skating pair Peng/Jin in best form on home ice despite pressure

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese figure skating pair skaters Peng Cheng and Jin Yang finished their short program with an elite performance on Friday, making it to free skating competition at Beijing Winter Olympics.They staged a nearly perfect short program to claim 76.10 points and ranked fifth among all 18 pairs on home ice.It's a normal score compared with our performance tonight. I'm only kind of dissatisfied with my throw triple loop. If I did it better, we could have a higher score, said Peng.Peng, 24, said that they spent half of the day in tension and anxiety before Friday's competition.We were so vulnerable under great pressure that even a small thing would make us burst into tears, she said.At PyeongChang 2018, the first Olympics after the two paired up, Peng stumbled on their opening triple toeloop jump and fell onto the ice, which cost them one point to finish the 17th, thus missing the free skating.At Sochi 2014, I was blank as a white paper and ignorant as well. For PyeongChang, I had expectations but fell to the bottom. And for today, I actually cried for the whole afternoon, I was too nervous, said the three-time Olympian Peng.In fact, the pressure comes from inside rather than outside. I do hope to have a good performance for this Games and don't want to leave any regrets, she explained.Peng/Jin showed up at Beijing 2022 first in the team event on Feb. 7. After that, they have been waiting for over 10 days with expectations as well as pressure.On Friday, spectators at the Capital Indoor Stadium clapped to their music during their routine, and broke out cheers after their performance. Meanwhile, Jin pumped his fist into the air and Peng jumped several times with excitement.Their cheers helped me to transform my pressure into motivation, and led me to inner peace, said Peng.I think we've found the right state for competition today, and I hope to continue it tomorrow in free skating. Hope we can enjoy the skating and every episode of ou...

Beijing 2022 "dream come true," says Cyprus' Olympic skier

NICOSIA, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- Alpine skier Yianno Kouyoumdjian, Cyprus' only athlete competing in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, did not bring a medal home but he said his participation in the Games was still a once-in-a-lifetime experience for him.For Kouyoumdjian, a 25-year-old university student of business administration, taking part in the Olympics was a family tradition and a long-awaited dream. He competed in two slalom events.On Feb. 13, he finished 42nd among 89 athletes in the giant slalom race, and three days later he logged a DNF -did not finish, as he slid off course in the men's slalom run.Though disappointed with these results, he said he was more than satisfied with his overall experience in Beijing.Representing my country in the Olympic Winter Games was one of my goals as an athlete. It was a dream come true, he said.Kouyoumdjian hails from a family of ski athletes. His mother, Lina Aristodemou, an Alpine skier, represented Cyprus in the Winter Olympics in 1980 and 1984, and his uncle, Socrates Aristodemou, also a skier, competed in the Winter Olympics in 1988 and 1992.Being a winter athlete runs in the family. I am proud of this and wanted to carry on the tradition, Kouyoumdjian said.I like this sport a lot...it makes me feel alive. The feeling of sliding down the hill on a pair of skis is something no words can describe. It is just amazing.Qualifying for the Winter Olympics was not an easy feat for a Cypriot. This eastern Mediterranean island is famous for its sunny beaches but is hardly a haven for skiers. Even its tallest mountain gets scant snowfall in the winter.Kouyoumdjian started skiing back home at the age of three, but he had to get trained in other European countries and the United States when he became an international ski athlete a few years ago.This has been tough, especially in the past year due to COVID-19, Kouyoumdjian said. But we managed to do some good races and qualifiers to get a pass to Beijing.He said his stay in t...

Flag handover ceremony will be totally different: Milano-Cortina 2026 official

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The flag handover ceremony at the Beijing 2022 closing ceremony on Sunday will be totally different from what people have seen in the past, said Giovanni Malago, the president of Milano-Cortina 2026 Foundation.There are two cities involved, so it's very diverse, two independent regions. It is the story of a modern Olympics. We have involved not just a city but an entire territory, Malago said.Marco Balich, creative producer of Milano-Cortina 2026 Olympic ceremonies said the basic principle of the flag handover ceremony is beauty, nature, style, and will also feature the future and technology.The ceremony will show the relationship between mountain and city, between man and nature. Nature is important to the IOC and to Milan and Cortina. If you look at people under the age of 25 today, this will be the important topic.This dual aspect - city and mountain - is the brief that Milano-Cortina asked us to take on board. These are important for the narrative that we are developing. We are representing humanity and nature. These are very important themes because they represent the challenge of the future, he noted.We would like to thank our Chinese friends for all the information they have shared with us. The world will have changed in four years' time so we will be doing something that is up to date, said Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan.

Beijing 2022 most-watched, digitally engaged Winter Olympics ever: SCMP

HONG KONG, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing Winter Olympics have become the most-watched Winter Games ever, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported, citing official data from the International Olympic Committee.Figures from the committee showed that almost 600 million Chinese viewers were attracted in the first week of the multi-sport event, according to an SCMP article on Thursday.The Olympics are the most-watched Winter Games in the United States, with more than 100 million Americans tuning in on the networks of NBCUniversal, it said.The surging viewership is in sharp contrast to the diplomatic boycott by several Western countries, including the United States, the article said.In addition to watching television broadcasts, fans are also active on social media, with 2.5 billion engagements on Olympic channels, making it the most digitally engaged Winter Games to date.

Gu Ailing: I felt like I really deserved a victory lap

CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's freeskier Gu Ailing talked about her second gold in the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and her victory lap during the halfpipe event here on Friday.Gu's victory not only took China's gold medal tally to eight, but also made her the youngest athlete to win three individual medals at the Olympic Winter Games.The women's halfpipe event on Friday saw Gu eased to amazingly high 95.25 points and topped the podium with her iconic back-to-back 900 tricks, plus the right alley-oop 540.Having already grabbed 93.25 points in her first run, Gu said it's Canadian skier Cassie Sharpe, the silver medalist of this event, who inspired her to stage some more challenging tricks.In my second run I wanted to step it up. Cassie with a cork 1080 inspired me so I wanted to put the right alley-oop 540 in, said the champion.Before the freeski star really went into the third run, the 95.25 points from her second attempt had already secured a victory.But Gu still wanted to risk a 1080 in her third try, until Gu's Chinese teammate Zhang Kexin fell down and nearly twisted the knees when attempting that trick.I was literally this close to doing a cork 1080 in the third run, doing a full run (instead of that victory lap).But Zhang fell when during that trick. It kind of woke me up, said Gu.It reminded the young champion that she had never done a victory lap before.So I felt like, 'You know what, the last event at the Olympics it feels like I finally deserve it.' I'm really happy.The double gold medalist said she was quite emotional when stood on the beginning area before the third run.That moment rekindled her memories of being the first person in practice and the last person to leave the training course.I put so much work into this, all those little moments, all those time I put in.I really earned it! the champion said.

Over 200 sci-tech results serve Beijing Winter Olympics

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- More than 200 sci-tech developments have been used to support the Beijing Winter Olympics, a Chinese official said at a press briefing on Wednesday.In excess of 10,000 researchers from more than 500 teams are behind the over 200 developments rolled out to support Winter Olympics-related events, said Zhu Xuehua, an official with China's Ministry of Science and Technology.One of the highlights of efforts to host a green Winter Olympics is its sci-tech features, said Yu Hong, an official with the Beijing 2022 organizing committee technical team.According to Yu, the ice surface of the National Speed Skating Oval and the Capital Indoor Stadium are both made with a carbon dioxide transcritical direct cooling ice machine system, which uses energy more efficiently than conventional refrigerants.Moreover, the competition zones in Yanqing and Zhangjiakou are serviced by hydrogen-fueled buses, providing transport for teams and support staff, Yu said, adding that all venues for Beijing Winter Olympics are supplied with 100 percent green power.Zhu said that sci-tech accomplishments not only support the ongoing Beijing Winter Olympics but, in the future, they can also play a positive role in high-quality economic and social development.

British Olympic official incredibly pleased with Beijing Olympic Village, competition venues' quality

With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics coming to an end, athletes from all over the world have expressed their appreciation and heartfelt thanks to the considerate, exquisite and trustworthy support provided by the Beijing Organizing Committee.From meticulously prepared cuisines to reliable medical care, from effective epidemic measures to the timely support during extreme weather conditions, China has done its best in safeguarding a smooth and wonderful sports event which has already witnessed considerable breakthroughs.In an exclusive interview with the Global Times, Georgina Harland, an Olympic medalist and Chef de Mission Team Great Britain (GB) for Beijing 2022, said she has enjoyed Beijing Winter Olympics so far.I know the athletes are pleased with the facilities and have enjoyed competing at the venues. The Olympic Winter Games is the pinnacle of these athletes' careers so everything we do at Team Great Britain is targeted at supporting the athletes and giving them the best possible environment to prepare and be ready to reach the start line in the best possible manner. For the Beijing Games we have also created performance gyms in our own Team GB spaces for the first time, she said.Team Great Britain brought 50 of its most talented winter sports athletes to compete in Beijing. The country is developing well as an emerging force in winter sports and challenging some of the more established nations at winter sports.What we do know is that our athletes will be further inspired by what they see out here in China. From our early experiences in the country and with our team having been on the inside of the Games environment for a few weeks, we are incredibly pleased with the quality of the Olympic Villages and, in particular, the competition venues, Sir Hugh Robertson, Chair of the British Olympic Association and former Minister of Sport and for the Olympics, told the Global Times. Robertson oversaw the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games for th...

Swiss Regez, Fiva enjoy 1-2 finish in men's ski cross at Beijing 2022

CHONGLI, Zhangjiakou, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- Ryan Regez and Alex Fiva, both from Switzerland, finished one-two in the men's ski cross big final at Beijing 2022 here on Friday afternoon.Switzerland has become the first country to win the Olympic title twice since the medal event's debut at Vancouver 2010.The 29-year-old Regez, who topped the World Cup rankings in the 2021-22 season, led the four-man final from the start to the end, followed by his 36-year-old compatriot Fiva, the ninth finisher at PyeongChang 2018 but world champion in 2021.During the race, Fiva provided Regez with a good cover from the first curve to the finish line.The 29-year-old Sergey Ridzik from the Russian Olympic Committee, the bronze medalist at PyeongChang 2018, finished third again, followed by the 24-year-old Erik Mobaerg from Sweden, the 26th finisher at PyeongChang 2018.The event's defending champion Brady Leman from Canada, 35, finished six through samll final.All skiers from France and Canada, the champions of Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 apiece, failed to enter the big final.

'The Little Prince' manuscript goes on display in Paris for first time

Presentation of the original manuscript of The Little Prince ( Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, during an exhibition A la rencontre du Petit Prince showing works related to the literary masterpiece, The Little Prince, at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France, Fe. 17, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Li Yang)The typewriter and watercolor pen used by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry during an exhibition A la rencontre du Petit Prince showing works related to the literary masterpiece, The Little Prince, at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France, Fe. 17, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Li Yang)A drawing is seen during an exhibition A la rencontre du Petit Prince showing works related to the literary masterpiece, The Little Prince, at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France, Fe. 17, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Li Yang)Visitors view the original manuscripts of The Little Prince ( Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, during an exhibition A la rencontre du Petit Prince showing works related to the literary masterpiece, The Little Prince, at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France, Fe. 17, 2022. (Photo: China News Service/Li Yang)

Interview: IOC member says Beijing Olympics offers safe environment with well-planned measures

ISTANBUL, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics offer a safe and secure environment for all participants, thanks to well-planned and well-prepared health measures, Ugur Erdener, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and president of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, has said.Erdener, who is also the head of the IOC Medical and Scientific Commission, reviews and assesses health-related issues on a daily basis, including COVID-19 measures and the air quality, during the Games with close cooperation with the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG).Every morning in our daily meetings, we make these evaluations with both the medical officials of BOCOG and the experts of our International Olympic Committee that we have specially designated for the Games, he told Xinhua in a recent online interview.The IOC official emphasized China's successful management in preventing COVID-19 from spreading in the Olympic villages in Yanqing district, Beijing's downtown and Zhangjiakou in Hebei province.As a medical person, I can say that the environment in the area (defined as the closed-loop), where everyone participating in the Olympic Games lives together, is currently the safest place in the world, said Erdener, a physician specialized in Ophthalmology.On the health services provided in the villages, Erdener said all have well-equipped outpatient clinics and hospitals that support them with ambulances and ambulance helicopters, and injuries or any other health issues can be intervened instantly.In his view, China took a big step forward in constructing sustainable and environmentally friendly facilities based on green energy.With regard to the Big Air Shougang, a facility where big air competitions are held, he said it reveals a beautiful transformation of an old industrial area into a park, preservation of all the facilities there, but at the same time their rearrangement with an environmentally friendly approach ... The...

Sweet memories about Beijing Winter Olympics

BEIJING, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) -- With two days to go from the closing of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, athletes and overseas personnel have shared their wonderful experiences in China during the Games, which is set to become lasting warm memories to them.CHINESE NEW YEAR AND FOODSAs the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games coincided with the Chinese New Year, it has given American luger Summer Britcher a chance to learn more about Chinese traditional culture.They have a whole cultural center (in Olympic village) actually, so we can learn a little bit, and there was a lot about traditional Chinese herbs, that was cool to learn about, Britcher said.Living in the Yanqing Olympic Village, Britcher was enthusiastic about sharing things that impressed her, such as the smart bed.I have something incredible to share. Not only do we not have cardboard beds here, but it's as if the Beijing organizing committee said, 'how can we just absolutely one-up Tokyo?' said Britcher in a video she posted online.She told Xinhua that the closed-loop life was good. It's important to keep everyone safe, the people that live here and the athletes, so the closed-loop is a good thing.Although the closed-loop management means that athletes have no chance of going around the city or having Chinese snacks on the streets, athletes are ensured to have a taste of Chinese flavors as some Chinese foods offered in the Olympic village, including the fried Chinese leek dumplings, red bean bun, Chinese beef noodles among others, are high on many Olympians' menus.After the flower ceremony of the women's freeski slopestyle at Beijing 2022, Olympic champion Gu Ailing told Xinhua that she would go back to the Olympic Village to have some black sesame stuffed tangyuan, a traditional delicacy for celebrating the Lantern Festival.Snowboarder Jenise Spiteri, the only Olympian representing Malta, brought many Chinese people to know more about her country after she became popular on Chinese social media.S...

Beijing 2022 mascot Bing Dwen Dwen rises as an Olympic star as irresistibly cute design wins widespread acclaim

This photo shows Bing Dwen Dwen figurines ready to be awarded to winning athletes of the women's snowboard slopestyle final during the flower ceremony at the Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province. (Xinhua/Xue Yubin)The cute panda mascot Bing Dwen Dwen has become a surprising star during the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.Products featuring Bing Dwen Dwen, a slightly chubby panda cub squeezed into an ice shell, sold out at a designated online store in just three seconds. Determined to get hold of Bing Dwen Dwen souvenirs, people queued in cold weather outside a licensed merchandise store on the commercial Wangfujing Street in Beijing.A woman surnamed Wu, who is living in Beijing, has been unable to buy a Bing Dwen Dwen at designated online stores and brick-and-mortar stores even though she has tried several times. It's so cute. It's irresistible, Wu said.To meet the surging demand for products featuring Bing Dwen Dwen, licensed manufacturers of the mascot have ramped up production. We resumed production on Feb. 5, earlier than planned and have bought airplane tickets for some employees to return to work early, said a general manager of a licensed manufacturer of the mascot, adding that the company has kept its production lines running 24 hours a day.According to Piao Xuedong, head of the Marketing Department of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG), the BOCOG has arranged to increase the supply of Bing Dwen Dwen products to meet surging demand from customers.The popularity of Bing Dwen Dwen has mainly been attributed to its cuteness in addition to its embodiment of Chinese elements and the Winter Olympics.According to Cao Xue, a professor from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and head of the mascot's 14-person design team, the initial version of the design was inspired by sugar-coated haws, a traditional Chinese snack that is popular in northern China. Cao said that the sugar coatin...

Beijing 2022 athletes' uniforms showcase distinctive cultural elements that impress world, help spread Chinese culture

Modeling a fashionable coat with a golden Chinese dragon on its back, Chinese athlete Gu Ailing competes in the women's freeski big air final, Feb. 8, 2022. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)During the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the Chinese national team's various uniforms, which are overflowing with Chinese cultural elements, have captured the world's attention, helping spread Chinese culture far and wide.Several Chinese athletes wore their country's uniforms, adorned with a lucky dragon – a symbol of the Chinese nation that represents its people's pioneering endeavors – in the pursuit of their dreams during Beijing 2022.Modeling a coat with a gold Chinese dragon on its back, the high-flying Chinese genius freestyle skier, Gu Ailing, was marveled at as she competed in the women's freeski big air qualification on Feb. 7. In a post-competition interview, Gu revealed that her snowboard also features an emblazoned Chinese dragon and words that read a dragon among humans, or in other words, an outstanding person above all else.Gu explained that she designed her fashionable coat and snowboard herself, with an aim to spreading Chinese culture all around the world.In another instance, the Chinese women's ice hockey goalkeeper, Zhou Jiaying, wore protective gear and clothes decorated with Chinese dragons during competitions, including a helmet adorned with a spectacular dragon and the Great Wall of China.Zhou said she would like to showcase the richness of Chinese culture to the people of the world through her dragon suits, and hoped that the Chinese ice hockey team might be as strong as the dragon.Showing off their green and blue outfits, which resemble the colors of a famous ancient Chinese painting, Wang Shiyue and Liu Xinyu of China perform during the figure skating ice dance free dance event at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing, Feb. 14, 2022.(Xinhua/Wang Jianwei)In addition, some Chinese athletes' outfits have featured Chinese elements such as Peking ope...

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