SPORTS Chinese aerials star Xu vows to go for 5th Winter Olympics


Chinese aerials star Xu vows to go for 5th Winter Olympics


11:00, March 08, 2023

BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- China's aerials specialist Xu Mengtao has revealed that she is bidding to make her fifth Winter Olympics appearance at Milano-Cortina 2026.

"I'm working on plans for my fifth Winter Games campaign," Xu said on Monday at an award ceremony hosted by China Central Television (CCTV).

"It means that I will probably have to 'shed my skin three times' (to qualify for the 2026 Winter Games). But once I could stand in the Olympic arena again, my battle is half won," added the 32-year-old veteran.

Xu Mengtao of China wins the freestyle skiing women's aerials gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Genting Snow Park A & M Stadium in Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, February 14, 2022. (Photo: CFP)

Xu shot to gold in the freestyle skiing women's aerials event at Beijing 2022, becoming the first Chinese woman to obtain an Olympic title in aerial skiing.

In her previous three Olympic appearances, the best Xu had ever managed was silver at Sochi 2014.

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