“300 million people on ice and snow” ushered in a new era of ice and snow sports

2022-06-02 0 By

The opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games was held at the National Stadium in Beijing on February 4.Tonight, when the Olympic Ring flag once again rises in the National Stadium “Bird’s Nest”, when the Olympic fire once again lights up the night sky of Beijing, After 14 years, China once again in the name of the Olympic guests, Beijing also became the world’s first “Double Olympic City”.Behind the “Double Olympic City”, China, a country with a relatively weak foundation for ice and snow sports, has become the biggest contributor to the development of ice and snow sports in the world by hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics.As International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, winter sports can be divided into two eras before and after the Beijing Winter Olympics, because 300 million people will participate in ice sports, which will open a new era for ice sports.China’s vast northern region, rich in ice and snow resources, has a tradition of mass ice and snow sports since ancient times.In the 1980s, with China’s return to the Olympic competition, the development of ice and snow sports in China entered a new era.Zhu Chengyi, former deputy director of the Winter Sports Management Center of the General Administration of Sport of China, recently told China Youth Daily that in the 1980s, the State Sports Commission put forward the plan of “one million people on ice”, mainly in Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and other regions.At the same time, China ice and snow in the competition results of the requirements have also been put forward.Zhu said China sent a team to the 13th Winter Olympics in 1980 in Lake Placid, the United States, and China’s return to the Olympic family began when it participated in the games.But China’s performance at these Games is nowhere near the blockbuster that it was at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, where Zhu said the most important thing for the team was its return to the Olympics.But China’s ice sports are also eager to make history at the Winter Games.Zhu chengyi recalled that the State Sports Commission held a work conference on the development of winter sports in 1985 and proposed that China should strive to achieve a breakthrough of zero gold MEDALS in the Winter Olympics.Considering that the foundation of snow and ice sports in China is relatively weak, the overall strength is far from the advanced level in the world, and the guarantee conditions at that time are limited, China can only focus on the development of a few key events, including speed skating, figure skating, short track speed skating, etc.Qiu Zhaoyi, a professor at Beijing Sport University and China’s first judge of skiing at the Winter Olympics, recalled that it was very difficult for Chinese athletes to catch up with the world’s advanced athletes in these snow sports because of the long history and strong overall strength of European and American countries in cross-country skiing, alpine skiing and ski jumping.Freestyle skiing, which was officially entered into the Winter Olympic Games in 1992, is a new project, and the skills are also more suitable for Chinese athletes. Therefore, freestyle skiing aerial skills, moguls skills and so on have become the breakthrough for The Chinese team to win gold MEDALS in the Moguls.He remembered that, including himself, the early Chinese athletes and coaches engaged in freestyle skiing aerials were mainly from gymnastics.After the 1990s, The level of Snow and ice in China quickly became world-class in several key events.Ye qiaobo won China’s first Olympic medal in speed skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. By the 1998 Nagano Games, China had been able to win gold MEDALS in a number of short track speed skating events, but missed out for various reasons.The gold medal will come sooner or later.Since entering the new century, China has made historic breakthroughs in several key events. Yang Yang won two gold MEDALS at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, finally realizing China’s dream of winning a gold medal in winter Olympics.Since then, Chinese athletes have won gold MEDALS in freestyle skiing aerials at the 2006 Turin Games (Han Xiaopeng), figure skating at the 2010 Vancouver Games (Shen Xue/Zhao Hongbo) and speed skating at the 2014 Sochi Games (Zhang Hong).In 2010 vancouver Winter Olympics, the Chinese delegation created the best achievement in hardware history.The Chinese delegation has achieved its goal of participating in all sports at the Beijing Winter Olympics, and many insiders believe that the Chinese delegation’s performance will set a new record.The Opening ceremony of the 24th Winter Olympic Games was held at the National Stadium in Beijing, Capital of China, February 4, 2018.From “north ice south exhibition west expansion” to “300 million people participate in ice and snow” recently, the General Administration of Sport of China winter Sports Management Center director, Secretary general of the Chinese delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics Ni Huizhong said when introducing the Chinese delegation to participate in the situation, China ushered in a great leap forward in ice and snow sports.”The number of sports and athletes in China has increased significantly.Among all the delegations in the Beijing Winter Olympics, only China, Russia, the United States and the Czech Republic have achieved the full participation in 15 sub-events.It is hard to imagine the whole process of China’s ice and snow from small to large and from weak to strong unless you have seen it with your own eyes.”When the historic mission of winning gold MEDALS in the Winter Olympics has been completed and the competitive level of ice and snow sports has reached a new level, China’s achievement in the popularization of ice and snow is even more amazing to the world.Zhu said that after The Chinese team won its first gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, the General Administration of Sport of China put forward the strategy of “expanding the ice in the north, expanding the ice in the south and expanding the ice in the west”, which was included in the Development Plan for Ice and Snow Sports (2016-2025) issued in 2016 as a national strategy.The development of ice and snow sports in China began to spread from the northeast to the whole country.However, the bid, preparation and holding of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games have promoted the development of ice and snow sports in China the most.On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Beijing had won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.China’s goal of “300 million people participating in snow and ice” has surprised the international ice and snow community.Qiu Zhaoyi believes that both the goal of “300 million people participating in ice and snow” and the strategy of “north ice expanding south and west” are related to China’s economic and social development to the extent that ice and snow sports can reach ordinary people’s lives.The development of ice and snow sports has high requirements for venues, equipment, transportation and other conditions. If a country or region does not have the corresponding level of economic and social development and people’s life style does not change to pursue health and close to nature, it is difficult for ice and snow sports to truly reach the public.China’s per capita GDP has reached 11,300 US dollars in 2020. A survey shows that when a country’s per capita GDP exceeds 8,000 US dollars, the sports industry begins to grow significantly.When GDP per capita exceeds $10,000, the ice and snow industry begins to boom.In January this year, the General Administration of Sport of China commissioned the National Bureau of Statistics to carry out a statistical survey report on “driving 300 million people to participate in snow and ice sports”.Statistics show that China has achieved the goal of “attracting 300 million people to participate in snow and ice sports,” with 346 million people participating in the sport and 24.56 percent of residents participating.From Beijing Olympics athlete Chinese delegation of provinces and cities to see, before the Chinese athlete situation has dramatically changed mainly from three northeast provinces, the winter games athletes of the Chinese delegation in Beijing covers over 20 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities), it from another level reflects the expansion of China’s ice and snow sports map.From the perspective of China’s economic and social development process, the bidding and holding of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games are timely.The living conditions and lifestyle of the Chinese people have been quietly changing, and it is only natural that China has achieved the goal of “300 million people participating in ice and snow” in the years leading up to the Beijing Winter Olympics.More than 300 million people participate in ice and snow sports, which is an unprecedented increase in the history of the development of the world ice and snow sports, which means that the global ice and snow sports will get a greater space for development. Just as Bach said, the Beijing Winter Olympics will lead the ice and snow sports into a new era.As the country with the greatest potential for ice and snow sports in the world, Hosting a Winter Olympics in China is just a new beginning.Source: China Youth Daily