Zhejiang athletes make Winter Olympics debut
Zhen Weijie jumps in the men's ski jumping team race at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 14. [Photo/ zj.zjol.com.cn]
Four athletes from East China's Zhejiang province competed at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, which ran from Feb 4 to Feb 20.
They were the first-ever Zhejiang-raised athletes to attend the Winter Olympics – as winter sports are much less popular in the country's subtropical southern provinces like Zhejiang than they are in Northeast China, which usually account for the bulk of Team China at the Winter Olympics.
Zhen Weijie, a 19-year-old born and raised in Shaoxing's Xinchang county, was part of the four-member national team that attended the men's ski jumping team race on Feb 14, ranking 11th. Zhen used to be a taekwondo practitioner before becoming a member of the national team in 2018.
Du Jia'ni, born in Jiaxing in 1999, and her partner Ying Qing ranked 14th in the 2-woman bobsleigh competition on Feb 19. Du used to be a track-and-field athlete before joining the national bobsleigh team in 2019.
Wu Zhitao from Wenzhou's Longgang city and Ye Jielong from Jinhua's Yongkang city were members of two national teams that competed at the 4-man bobsleigh competition on Feb 20. They were also former track-and-field athletes.
Du Jia'ni and Ying Qing compete in the 2-woman bobsleigh race at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 19. [Photo/ zj.zjol.com.cn]
Ye Jielong's team competes in the 4-man bobsleigh race at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. [Photo/ zj.zjol.com.cn]