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Chinese mainland Olympians wrap up HK visit******
HONG KONG, China, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of Chinese mainland Olympians concluded their three-day visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Sunday, a journey hailed by residents and media as a new boost to local sports fever.。
The delegation comprised 29 athletes and three coaches from 12 sporting events. Members included sprint icon Su Bingtian, table tennis Grand Slam winner Ma Long, and Sun Yiwen, who won China's first Olympic gold medal in women's individual epee fencing.。
The Olympians on Saturday attended public events including sports demonstrations and a variety show at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. On Sunday, they visited the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Sports Institute, and Yuen Long District Sports Association to share their experiences and insights.。
Hong Kong newspaper Ta Kung Pao, one of the region's oldest Chinese-language newspapers, noted in a commentary that since 2000, delegations of Chinese mainland Olympians have visited Hong Kong after the Olympics as a "special rendezvous" with Hong Kong people.。
The Olympic athletes' visit to Hong Kong has created a new sensation in sports, reflecting that Hong Kong needs the fighting spirit of perseverance and never giving up to overcome difficulties, said the newspaper.。
For some young people, the Olympic spirit represents good medicine to cure the indolence of "lying flat", encouraging them to strive for improvement and live up to their youthfulness, said the commentary.。
The Olympians received rapturous applause during their displays of athletic skill to packed crowds, with several of their quotes going viral.。
Ma Long told fans "you are stronger than you think." Su Bingtian, who set a new Asian men's 100 meters record at the age of 32, had a simple but powerful message. "I think I can create more miracles in terms of age." Two-time Olympic weightlifting champion Lyu Xiaojun made a rallying call: "We want to achieve the goal of building China into a leading sports nation by 2035. Boys and girls, strive for the motherland!"
Hong Kong's Wen Wei Po said in an opinion piece that every visit of the mainland Olympian delegation has been warmly received by all sectors of the Hong Kong community.。
"This time, after the announcement of the delegation's visit to Hong Kong, the tickets of related activities were almost sold out within three hours," said the newspaper. "The popularity not only shows the charm of Olympic athletes and competitive sports, but also conveys the love and support of Hong Kong people to the mainland Olympic athletes, as they want to share the joy and glory of making a name in the international arena as Chinese."
The visit forms part of a series entitled "The Spirit of the Times Shines upon Hong Kong" organized by the HKSAR government, China's State General Administration of Sport, and the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR, with the aim of further enhancing exchanges between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong.。
Yang Ning, deputy director of China's State General Administration of Sport and head of the delegation, said, "We look forward to more sporting exchanges between the mainland and Hong Kong in the future."
Noting that the 15th National Games will take place across Guangdong Province, HKSAR and Macao SAR in 2025, she said Hong Kong will have its say in determining the events of the Games, which is China's premier national-level sporting competition.。
"I believe that the next National Games will be a new starting point and an opportunity. Co-hosting the Games can make more sports popular among the public," Yang said. Enditem。
Countdown to Beijing 2022******
BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) -- Fresh from winning a history-making title at the FIS Big Air World Cup in Steamboat, the United States, China's snowboarding promise Su Yiming is well on his way to realizing an Olympic dream.。
"It has been my dream since my childhood to participate in the Olympic Games and strive for glories for my country," the 17-year-old told reporters in a recent interview.。
Putting down a backside 1800 Indy and a frontside 1800 tail grab, the young gun became the first Chinese men's snowboarder to be crowned in the Big Air World Cup.。
"It means a lot," he said. "I did physical drills throughout last summer and made full preparation for it."
"I was not doing quite well at the previous stop of the World Cup. I felt much pressure this time as I had a high expectation toward myself. I'm so happy to win."
Su admitted that he had faced huge difficulties in preparation for the competition.。
"Snowboarders are required to have different directions in rotation in the match. Normally I'm strong on one direction of rotation but not so good on the other."
Influenced by his father, Su took up skiing at four, before gradually finding his love for the sport.。
"When I first skied, it was just for fun. When I first rode on the snowboard, I didn't know what sport it was," he recalled.。
"Then I began to fall in love with it, and improved my skills step by step."
Once a child film star, Su never imagined that his dream of participating in the Olympics could one day become true.。
Thanks to an open-minded recruiting approach adopted by the State General Administration of Sport after Beijing was awarded the host of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, he got a chance to shine in a national Big Air competition in 2016 before being recruited by the national team when he was 14.。
"It (World Cup title) is a huge recognition for me and will boost my confidence in preparing for the upcoming matches and gaining more experience en route to achieving a favorable result at the Olympics."
With less than two months to go before the Winter Olympics starts, Su regarded the quadrennial winter sports extravaganza as his top priority at the moment.。
"I have different plans as for the post-Games, and I want to take part in more competitions and let our national anthem played around the world through my utmost effort," Su said confidently.。
To achieve this, Su never stopped his quest for a higher difficulty in doing tricks. Before his triumph at the World Cup, he had landed a Backside 1980 Indy Crail in a training camp in Stubai, Austria.。
"Now my goal is to improve its rate of success, and I will try to achieve this in real matches."
After 13 years on the snow, Su has found the most appealing and special thing about snowboard comes from its various styles, and he is trying to discover his own.。
"Combine your style and difficulty. I think this is the coolest thing about snowboard," he said.。
Su said a rapid growth of the sport has consistently spurred him to go forward.。
"I was fully concentrated on my own performance in the game. My target was not to beat anyone else, but to challenge myself and succeed on these two tricks," he noted.。
Despite some changes taking place over these years, the only unchanged thing for Su is his love for skiing.。
"Whether as a fan or a pro, I'm doing what I love. For me, the happiest moment is when I train and ski," he said.。
"The most important thing for my achievement so far is to stay true to my love for snowboard," he added. "Only when you love something, you will do your best to go for it. If you spare no effort, nothing is impossible." Enditem。