Young volunteers carry on the inspiring Olympic spirit

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Young Chinese athletes shone on ice and snow at the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, while many young Chinese also engaged in their role as officials and volunteers, providing the world with a simplified Games , safe and splendid.

Beijing 2022’s legacy includes world-class venues for winter sports competitions and young talent who are passionate about contributing to a country with a thriving winter sports industry.

Liu Yuanjie, born in 1994, joined the National Speed ​​Skating Oval operational team as a trainee in 2018, but now, in the eyes of her colleagues, she has already become a “Ice Ribbon” veteran .

Over the past four years, Liu has witnessed how carbon dioxide refrigerants were introduced to make the “fastest” ice cream ever, where a dozen Olympic and world records were broken during Games.

“I felt a sense of honor every time a new record was reached here, which was also a reward for all those responsible for operating the site,” said Liu, who was responsible for the center of operation of the site during the Games, functioning as a central nerve to ensure proper coordination of the operations teams.

The National Speed ​​Skating Oval is currently about to open to the public, and Liu and his colleagues are preparing for the next stage of the Ribbon Ice.

“Sustainability is an important concept of the Beijing Winter Olympics,” Liu said, adding that she will work hard and always keep her Olympic journey in mind.

Xie Xiaoyu, a 25-year-old ski instructor from Yanqing District, one of Beijing 2022’s three competition areas, tried different jobs before learning to ski in 2017. “I couldn’t have been more excited on January 8 of this year. , when I was informed that I would be involved in the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as a National Technical Official, or NTO, in Alpine Skiing,” Xie explains.

An avid skier, he spent over a year training to become a ski instructor at a local ski school.

“Many of my students had little access to skiing before, when the youngest was only around 2 years old. I was really happy to see them progressing each time, which also made me realize that I chose a career that was meaningful and the right one for me.”

As he was good at skiing and had obtained the national certificate to become a ski instructor, Xie last year applied for the position of NTO at the National Alpine Ski Center. To his surprise, his dream came true. During the Games, he usually got up at 3 a.m. and finished his work cleaning the slopes around 6 p.m. “These days were busy, but I didn’t feel tired at all. We had a 59-year-old team leader who was always diligent and energetic. He led by example, inspiring us to do our best,” he said. he remembers.

Now Xie has returned to the ski school to create training plans for his students. “Skiing has become popular across China as more than 300 million people have practiced winter sports. I want to visit more ski resorts in the future, bringing skiing happiness to more people,” Xie adds.

While Xie focused on the track conditions during the Games, Shu Jingyan, a volunteer at the National Alpine Skiing Center, introduced Chinese culture to athletes and officials from other countries and regions.

Shu is a foreign language student at Beihang University, or Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. During the Games, she provided language services to the Olympic and Paralympic delegations for nearly 450 hours in total. “We represent enthusiastic and confident young Chinese people,” says Shu.

Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, visited the National Alpine Skiing Center on February 7, during which Shu presented him with a Chinese paper-cut containing items relating to the Chinese Spring Festival and the Winter Olympics. .

“I presented the paper cut to Bach, and he really liked it. He praised our work and told us to cherish our Olympic moments, which have uplifted us all. my life,” Shu recalled.

After the Games, Shu and other university volunteers shared their experiences with students and local residents.

“What impressed me the most during the Olympics was the friendship beyond national borders. In the future, I hope to make a contribution to foreign affairs, offering friends from all over the world a better understanding of China,” Shu said.

Xinhua

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