Winter Olympics 100 Questions | Who is the “Father of Chinese Short Track Speed ​​Skating”?

The 24th Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Beijing on February 4, 2022. The Sports Department of Chinanews.com launched a series of columns “Hundred Questions about Winter Olympics”, aimed at popularizing Winter Olympic knowledge, answering hot questions, sharing interesting stories about ice and snow, and helping everyone have a better watching experience during the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The 27th Winter Olympics 100 Questions | Who is the “Father of Chinese Short Track Speed ​​Skating”?

Which team can be called the “dream team” of China’s ice and snow sports? The answer is undoubtedly the Chinese short track speed skating team.

This team of kings not only contributed the first gold medal in the history of the Chinese Winter Olympics, but also monopolized 10 of the 13 Winter Olympic gold medals won by the Chinese delegation.

Behind this series of honors, the efforts of generations of predecessors are inseparable, including Xin Qingshan.

Xin Qingshan is known as the “Father of Chinese Short Track Speed ​​Skating”. Since coaching in the 1980s, he has trained many short track speed skating world champions such as Li Yan, Yang Yang, Li Jiajun and Wang Meng. Under his leadership, the Chinese short track speed skating team has achieved a transformation from weak to strong.

In 1985, the short track speed skating national training team was formed for the first time. This team was based on the Jilin Province short track speed skating team led by Xin Qingshan. The initial training was very difficult, lack of equipment and backward equipment. Xin Qingshan learned from foreign experience while exploring training methods suitable for Chinese athletes.

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After several years of hard work, the Chinese short-track speed skating team began to emerge in the international arena. In 1987, Li Jinyan set the first world record for China’s short track speed skating in the women’s 3000m event; in 1989, Guo Hongru won China’s first world short track speed skating championship.

Data map: The picture shows the scene of the 16th Asian Games torch relay. Xin Qingshan, the first torchbearer at Changchun Station, is passing the torch.Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Wang Haofei

These breakthroughs from scratch have brought new hope for China’s short track speed skating. In the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics, short track speed skating became an official event, and the Chinese short track speed skating team is also eager to stand on the highest podium of the Winter Olympics.

In 1995, the national short-track speed skating team was formally established with Xin Qingshan as the coach. With previous experience, the Chinese short track speed skating team has accelerated the pace of pursuing their dreams. In the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Yang Yang took the lead in crossing the finish line in the women’s 500m final, winning the Chinese short track speed skating team, and was also the first gold of the Chinese delegation in the Winter Olympics.

After Yang Yang, Wang Chunlu, Sun Dandan and others retired, the young players such as Wang Meng, whom Xin Qingshan focused on training, grew up and continued to write the glory of China’s short track speed skating.

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In 2006, Xin Qingshan returned to the front line after leaving the national team and continued to contribute his strength to China’s short track speed skating career. (Xing Rui)

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