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China's Gao wins men's 500m race at ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Poland******
WARSAW, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's Gao Tingyu, a bronze medalist at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, won the men's 500m with a new track record of 34.265 seconds at the ISU Speed Skating World Cup in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland on Friday.。
It is the first time for Gao, 24, to claim a World Cup title.。
Nearly three hundred skaters from 35 countries and regions take part in the competition that inaugurated the World Cup cycle, which is also Olympic qualifications.。
Gao showed a masterclass in the first race of the Division A at 500 meters. The silver and bronze went to Japanese Tatsuya Shinhama and Laurent Dubreuil from Canada respectively.。
In the 500m Division B race Yang Tao took the third place, behind home skaters Piotr Michalski and Damian Zurek. The 24-year-old crossed the line in 35.241. His compatriot Liu An was fifth with 35.351.。
Zhang Lina earned 16 points in the general classification after she took fifth position in the women's 500m Division B. The race was won by the Pole Andzelika Wojcik, Kimi Goetz from the United States was second. In the 500m Women Division A Jin Jingzhu achieved a sixth result, while her compatriot Tian Ruining was seventh.。
Two-time world champion Irene Schouten turned out to be the best at the women's 5,000m. The Dutch set a new track record with 4:4.009. Canadian Isabelle Weidermann and Italian Francesca Lollobrigida also stood on the podium.。
Sweden's Nils van der Poel took gold in the men's 5,000m Division A, followed by Ten Jan-Bloemen and Patrick Roest. Enditem。
Russian hockey coach sees Chinese kids pursue ice and snow dreams******
BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Looking back to about three years ago, 30-year-old Russian ice hockey coach Odnoshivkin Evgenii found the biggest change taking place in recent years is that more and more children participate in his ice hockey team.。
Before coming to China, Evgenii obtained a Master's degree in training from Tyumen State University. He has led several ice hockey youth teams in Russia.。
In 2018, Evgenii was invited to be the coach of a youth ice hockey club in Beijing. At that time, he was amazed by how good the infrastructure and facilities are in China. Later, he was transferred to another club called Beijing Capitals Hockey Club.。
Compared to his country, Evgenii realized what China lacked is the popularity of ice hockey. "In Russia, a youth ice hockey team usually includes 20 players, but in China, there are only 10 players."
However, as China put more effort to promote ice and snow sports, Evgenii saw that many more kids participated in ice hockey, even including some kindergarteners. "The earlier you participate in ice and snow sports, the more experience you will get."
In Evgenii's eyes, the healthy development of ice and snow sports is inseparable from the deep mass foundation and mature sports culture. "In Russia, people love winter sports. It's hard to find a child who can't skate. When I was 7 years old, I went to watch the ice hockey game. I saw the audience cheer for the players. I imagined that one day I would become a member of the team and enjoy the cheers and shouts of the audiences."
To Evgenii's delight, China has formed its ice hockey culture. "In recent years, some film and television dramas with ice hockey themes have appeared in China, which play a positive role in promoting ice hockey."
In the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the Russian Olympic men's ice hockey team won the gold medal. Looking forward to the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, in addition to the Russian Olympic Committee team, Evgenii has another "home team" in his heart as he hopes "the Chinese team will also achieve good results."
Evgenii believes that the Beijing Winter Olympics will effectively promote ice hockey and other ice and snow sports in China.。
Evgenii is very optimistic about the prospect of ice hockey in China. "I will pay close attention to the children of our team and rival teams. They have great potential and are expected to achieve a higher level in time."
The China-Russia Years of sports exchange will last through 2022 to 2023. Evgenii expects that people of the two countries can take this opportunity to exchange in-depth experience, improve professional skills, and make sports exchanges a bridge to enhance mutual understanding and friendship.。
"I am very pleased to see that Chinese children's interest in ice hockey is increasing day by day. This is the biggest driving force for me to share knowledge and skills with them." Evgenii said. Enditem。
It'll be best ice, says Wukesong ice******
BEIJING, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- As Beijing's Wukesong Sports Center staged an ice hockey test event for Beijing 2022 this week, 47-year-old ice-maker Richard Alan Ragan revealed he was satisfied with the ice-making work in the stadium and was confident to showcase the "best ice" next February.。
"I think the ice has been fantastic," Ragan told Xinhua about the performance of ice throughout the test event.。
"We have a really good crew here, and they have learned a lot. They've worked really hard and the ice is really good."
Ragan has been working as a professional ice-maker for about 15 years, and he regards Wukesong as one of the best buildings he has worked in.。
"I really like working here," he said.。
"The engineering side of the building has been great. I've been able to tell them what temperature I want and they do it right away. That has been really, really fantastic, which helps a lot for the ice."
The American is currently working for IIHF to help prepare the ice well for next year's Winter Olympics.。
"I think one of the challenges is that this is not a hockey building. It's a basketball building," said Ragan about the challenge of making the ice in Wukesong. "That's kind of a little bit challenge to figure out the (different) systems."
Ragan will be in Beijing when the Winter Olympics take place next year. He is confident that the ice in Wukesong will be in the best shape.。
"It'll be the best ice they've ever seen. We have a really good crew, and this building is great. I can't wait to have the building with people in it," said Ragan.。
"I think the Olympic Games are going to be awesome," he added. Enditem。