Olympic champion Li Xiaoxia joins the fight against COVID-19
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Li Xiaoxia works as a volunteer at the nucleic acid test point in Shenyang's Hunnan District. (Photo from social platform Weibo)

When people took the fifth round of mass nucleic acid tests in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning Province on Saturday, a volunteer with "Li Xiaoxia" written on her back of protective clothing attracted people's attention, and some residents on site asked, "Is she that Olympic champion?"

The residents had guessed correctly.

Li Xiaoxia, who had achieved a career Grand Slam at the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cup, confirmed in a Weibo post on Saturday that she was the person who worked as a volunteer at the nucleic acid test point in Shenyang's Hunnan District.

"Doing my best in the fight against COVID-19. Hopefully the pandemic will be over soon," Li wrote.

Someone took a video of the episode. Li's daughter, who was sitting in line on the cart, recognized her in full armor and kept calling "Mom" until Li Xiaoxia responded softly, and her daughter asked, "Mom, are you going back? "

"I'll go back later," Li replied to her daughter.

Like Li, Olympic short track speed skating champion Sun Long, Olympic cycling champion Gong Jinjie and speed skating world champion Li Qishi also volunteered in pandemic prevention and control.

Many netizens have praised their actions in the fight against the virus.

"When the motherland needed you to win an Olympic medal, you made it. When society needs you, you became a hero in fighting the virus," a netizen said.

(Compiled by Lin Rui)