The 24th Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Beijing on February 4, 2022.

The sports department of Chinanews.com launched a series of columns "Hundred Questions about Winter Olympics", aimed at popularizing Winter Olympic knowledge, answering hot questions, sharing interesting stories about ice and snow, and helping everyone have a better watching experience during the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The 44th Winter Olympics 100 Questions | Who is the first flag-bearer of the Chinese delegation for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics?

  In February 1980, the 13th Winter Olympics was held in Lake Placid, USA.

The Chinese delegation sent a total of 28 athletes to participate in 18 individual events including skating, skiing, and modern biathlon.

This is the first time China has sent a team to participate in the Winter Olympics after the legal status of the Chinese Olympic Committee was restored.

  Do you know which athlete served as the flag bearer of the Chinese delegation at the opening ceremony?

On October 20, the countdown to the 100-day countdown to the Beijing Winter Olympics, staff installed the Olympic Five Rings logo in Beijing Shougang Park.

Photo by China News Agency reporter Bian Zhengfeng

  The answer is Chinese speed skating star Zhao Weichang.

He is regarded as the most outstanding athlete in the Chinese delegation, and he has also become the first flag-bearer of the Chinese delegation for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

  At the opening ceremony, when the facilitator entered the arena holding a sign with the words "CHINA", Zhao Weichang held up the five-star red flag and followed him, followed by other members of the delegation.

  When the Chinese delegation entered the stadium, the audience responded with warm applause. This was the first time that the five-star red flag was flown at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

The picture shows Zhao Weichang.

Image source: CCTV video screenshot.

  Before going to the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, Zhao Weichang had won the men's national all-around speed skating championship 11 consecutive times, broke the national record 26 times, and won the runner-up in the men's 500m at the 1975 World Championships.

  At that Winter Olympics, Zhao Weichang participated in the men's 500m, 1000m and 1500m speed skating competitions.

The picture shows Zhao Weichang.

Image source: CCTV video screenshot.

  In the 500m race, he ranked 31st with 41.18 seconds; in the 1000m race, he finished 24th with 1:20.97; in the 1500m race, he ranked 25th with 2:05.48 .

  Although the Chinese team did not win medals in this Winter Olympics, it faces the gap between the world’s top players and can catch up with the world in the future. This is also the Chinese team’s participation in this Winter Olympics. Harvest.

(Liu Xingchen)


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