The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to kick off on February 4. International Occasions has picked a number of the greatest names to keep watch over.
4 years in the past on the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Chinese language snowboarder Liu Jiayu took silver within the ladies’s half-pipe with a creditable 89.75 rating for her finest run.
That was sufficient to cease a US sweep of the rostrum – which might have been a primary because the occasion was launched in 1998 on the Nagano Video games – however not sufficient to beat the Korean-American teenager Chloe Kim, who with gold already received, dropped an virtually good 98.25 on her third and closing run.
Nonetheless, Liu described profitable silver as a “nice honor” on the time.
Her silver medal made historical past with the Hegang native turning into China’s first snowboarding medalist of any coloration and sterling reward for her perseverance.
Since beginning within the sport in 2003, Liu had shone on the worldwide stage, profitable six World Cup occasions and turning into a victor on the FIS Snowboarding World Championships in 2009. Pyeongchang, her third Winter Video games, was her first Olympic podium after she simply missed out in ending fourth on her Winter Video games debut in Vancouver, Canada again in 2010 as a teen herself.
Now 29, Liu is an outdated hand on the snowboarding scene and he or she is aware of effectively her function on Crew China however she has nonetheless has ambitions of going one higher in Beijing than she did in South Korea.
Liu Jiayu competes within the Ladies’s Halfpipe Qualification on Day 3 of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Video games on February 12, 2018. Picture: VCG
“As a veteran, I’ve the accountability of passing on the custom to youthful teammates, and pushing to my restrict for a superb consequence on house snow,” Liu mentioned.
She has been working on the UFC Efficiency Institute in Shanghai forward of the Video games and coaching in Europe however she is wanting ahead to competing on house snow in Heilongjiang.
“It is enormous for China to host each summer season and winter Olympics. It means quite a bit for winter sports activities in China that the video games are going to be in Beijing,” she mentioned.
“It should promote winter sports activities in China, and never solely snowboarding. Even with the impacts of the epidemic, I believe there is a sense of pleasure for the Olympics.”
That pleasure would attain fever pitch if she had been to finest Kim and the remaining.
Liu, for her half, has mentioned that she is barely centered on beating herself and treats all competitions equally.
“For me personally, I do know that some folks might imagine there are totally different ranges of competitors. However as a snowboarder, all competitions are the identical for me, be it nationwide, worldwide or the Olympics,” she mentioned.
“For me, I compete on the identical stage in each occasion. After all, Olympics means one thing totally different for the nation. However for me, I wish to carry out on the highest stage. I wish to do my finest. That is what I do.”