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Zhejiang delegation achieves outstanding results at 14th National Winter Games

www.ehangzhou.gov.cn| Updated: February 29, 2024 L M S


Zhang Chenhang (R) and Lu Shu during a figure skating competition. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]

Zhejiang athletes completed all events at the 14th National Winter Games on Feb 26, securing a total of five gold, seven silver, and five bronze medals. This remarkable achievement not only marks a historic milestone for winter sports in the province but also signals the beginning of a new era for such sports in Zhejiang.

The 14th National Winter Games, held after the Beijing Winter Olympics, is the largest, highest-level, and most influential comprehensive winter sporting event in China. It serves as a crucial evaluation of the country's winter sports competitiveness and talent pool in the post-Winter Olympics era, as well as a precursor to the upcoming Milan Winter Olympics.


Weng Yangning, 17, secures the first gold medal for the Zhejiang delegation. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]

Zhejiang athletes excelled in various events, with all five gold medals coming from ski jumping events. Veteran athletes Liu Qi and Zhen Weijie both contributed two gold medals to the delegation's tally.

Additionally, the speed skating team, composed of Hangzhou natives Xu Xiapeng, Li Junhao, and Shao Shiqian, achieved remarkable success, showcasing "Hangzhou Speed" on the national stage. Xu also secured a silver medal in the men's collective start event, while Li and Shao achieved personal bests, finishing eighth and seventh, respectively, in their events.

Furthermore, 12 amateur winter sports enthusiasts from various backgrounds in Zhejiang participated in mass competitions, contributing to the vibrant atmosphere of the event. Their participation highlights the growing popularity and inclusivity of winter sports in the region.

Despite the achievements, Zhejiang, as an eastern province, still faces challenges in developing winter sports. The majority of athletes participate through cross-disciplinary training, indicating the need for further improvement in infrastructure, athlete development mechanisms, and talent reserves compared to northeastern regions.


Wang Renda competes during a ski jumping event. [Photo/hangzhou.com.cn]

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