The first Olympic flag-bearer to win gold!Gao Tingyu: what “magic spell”?Slide over

2022-04-30 0 By

Gao Tingyu of China set a new Olympic record of 34.32 seconds to win the men’s 500m speed skating final at the “Ice Ribbon” of the National Speed Skating Hall at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 12, giving China its fourth gold medal at the games.Gao tingyu also became the first Chinese man to win a winter Olympic gold medal in speed skating.Gao Tingyu was born in Yichun, Heilongjiang Province in December 1997.He started skating at the age of eight and showed great talent.After graduating from primary school, with the support of her family, Gao tried out for the Heilongjiang provincial speed skating team, but she was too young to be selected.However, he missed the provincial team by Mudanjiang speed skating coach Liu Deguang called into the Mudanjiang team.After that, Gao tingyu grew rapidly and soon completed the leap from the city team to the provincial team and then to the national team.At the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, 21-year-old Gao Tingyu became the first Chinese male to win a Winter Olympics speed skating medal by winning bronze in the men’s 500m.Although he made history four years ago, He was not satisfied with his achievement. “I still want to stand next to me,” he said. “Every athlete thinks the same way.With the desire for gold MEDALS, Gao Tingyu started the Beijing Winter Olympics cycle, but he experienced a bumpy road.In the 2018-2019 season, I participated in 5 of the 6 World Cups and only ranked 5th in the best result of the season.At the beginning of 2020, Gao Tingyu had a recurrence of his old waist injury, and he had to go back to heilongjiang Provincial team for a period of 8 months.In 2021, gao Tingyu finally ushered in the outbreak of injury.In September, he set a new national speed skating record of 33.83 seconds in men’s 500 meters at the China Cup Speed Skating Elite League.He then won his first World Cup gold medal in the men’s 500-meter race at the Speed Skating World Cup in Poland in November.On Jan 30, the Chinese sports delegation announced the two flag-bearers for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, namely Gao Tingyu and steel bobsled athlete Zhao Dan.”I will live up to this trust and strive to show my best on the court,” an emotional Gao said on social media.Now, Gao has made good on his promise and won the gold medal.After the race, talking about his record-breaking time of 34.32 seconds, Gao Tingyu also revealed that due to a leg strain the previous day, he did not skate his best in the final, he also confidently said: “Ice ribbon” is a relatively fast rink in the plain, if you do not break the Olympic record here, the champion is nothing.Gao’s victory not only made Chinese men’s speed skating history, but also made him the first Chinese athlete to win a gold medal at an Olympic Games after carrying the flag at the opening ceremony, including at all the Winter and Summer Games in which China has participated.As for his gold medal broke the so-called “flag-bearer curse”, Gao tingyu said that there is no magic spell, “just skating”.Shortly before Gao’s race, China’s Athena Adak, Han Mei and Li Qishi were eliminated from the quarter-finals of the women’s team pursuit at the Beijing Winter Olympics.At the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the Chinese women’s team won the fifth place in the women’s team pursuit of speed skating, setting a record for the Chinese team in this event.On February 15, China will play Norway for fifth place.”In Beijing, we participated in our own individual events, as well as our own team events, and also maximized our role.Today’s group project, I think we are very satisfied with our cooperation, because we have been working very hard to do this before.Maybe today’s results for the three of us may not play to a very satisfactory result, but I think we three have played the best.– Ahenar Adak, Chinese speed skater”