Qitaihe in NE China awarded 'City of Olympic Champions'

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Photo taken on Jan. 12, 2022 shows a statue featuring short track speed skating in Qitaihe, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Chinese Olympic Committee awarded the "City of Olympic Champions" to Qitaihe, in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Friday.

Qitaihe has cultivated more than 10 Winter Olympic champions and world champions, including Yang Yang, Wang Meng, Sun Linlin and Fan Kexin.

Athletes from Qitaihe have won seven gold medals in the Winter Olympics, 177 golds in world-level competitions, and 535 golds in national-level competitions.

Qitaihe nowadays becomes the "National Key High-level Sports Reserve Talent Base" and the "National Short Track Speed Skating Qitaihe Sports Training Base", known as the "Hometown of Winter Olympic Champions".

At the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, short-track speed skater Fan Kexin and her teammates stormed to a thrilling victory, claiming the first gold for China.

The city has been stepping up efforts to train winter sports talents in recent years by building schools that provide short track speed skating training, setting up a training base for the provincial sports team, as well as holding ice and snow sports events.

Qitaihe currently has 20 short-track speed skating teams, 16 coaches, and more than 600 athletes. In six major sports such as speed skating, ski jumping, and snowboarding, more than 300 athletes have been recruited by the national and provincial teams.

It is the city with the most abundant reserve talents for short track speed skating in the country.

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