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Mountains of prep for 2022 hopefuls
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ProspectivemembersofChina'sskijumpingteamtraininNorwayduringtheLunarNewYearfestival.(Photo/Xinhua)

China'sprospectiveOlympianshitthehillsatEuropeantrainingcamps

Thousandsofmilesfromhome,ChineseathletesaresweatingitoutonthesnowyslopesofEuropeinpursuitoftheirOlympicdream.

OnLunarNewYear'sEve,withtemperaturesplummetingtonear-20C,nineChineseteenagershitthehillatKremmerlibakkene,nearthecentralNorwegiancityofLillehammer.

Thegroup,comprisedof16-to19-year-olds,ispartofChina'sboldbidtoconvertathletesfromnonwintersportstosnowandicepursuitsinordertohavefullparticipationatthe2022BeijingWinterGames.

Thefourboysandfivegirlshavegivenupcareersinsportssuchasathletics,boxingandgymnasticstotrytomasterthehair-raisingartofskijumping.

WhentheyarrivedinNorwayinAugust,mosthadneverevenwornskisbefore.

Fallsandcrasheswerecommoninthoseearlydays,butlessthansixmonthslatersuccessfullandingsarethenorm-albeitonasmallhill.

"Wespentalotoftimepracticingindoors,sowhenwestartedonsnow,theprogresswasprettyfast.Ithinktheyhavemadegoodprogress,"thegroup'sNorwegiancoach,ErikRenmaelmo,toldXinhua.

"Rightnowit'sdifficulttoseeexactlyhowfartheycango,butofcoursewehopetheycangoasfaraspossible.TheOlympicsisthegoal."

Thatjourney,however,isalreadyoverforthemajorityofthehopefulswhotraveledtoNorwaylastsummer,with13failingtomakethegrade.

Theremainingninearesteadfastintheirresolvetorealizetheirdream.

"Mybiggestwishofcourseistotakepartinthe2022WinterOlympicsanditisourgoal.Butfornowit'stodomybestindailytraining,"saidZhaiYujia,an18-year-oldformertrampolinist.

Cross-countrycrusaders

Meanwhile,onNewYear'sDayinBosniaandHerzegovina,asimilarsceneplayedoutontheawe-inspiringslopesofMountYahorina,oneofthevenuesforthe1984SarajevoWinterOlympics.

Amidanunforgivingdownpour,thesweat-andrain-drenchedfacesofJiangYuliangandWangKexinweretestamenttothegruelingsportofcross-countryskiing.

Thepairhadjustcompetedin4kmand2kmcompetitionsinvolvingtheirownTianjinCross-CountrySkiTeamandfivelocalclubs.

JiangandWangbothplacedthirdinthemen'sandwomen'sraces,respectively.

TheTianjinteamhasbeentraininginBosniaforaroundtwomonths,andtheirnewlyhiredcoachisimpressedbytheireffortssofar.

"ThesekidsfromChinatrainveryhard,"saidTanyaKosarak."Someofthemareverytalented."

ChinesecoachDuJiliangwasalsopleasedwiththeprogressmade.Hesaidhishardybunchtrainsfourtofivetimesaweek,coveringaround25-30kmeachtime,regardlessoftheconditions.

Theyoungestmemberofhis14-strongsquadisjust12yearsold,withtheoldest17.

TheymainlyhailfromnorthernprovincessuchasHeilongjiangandJilin,butmosthaveonlybeenskiingforthreetofourmonths.

Theirgoalistoprepareforthe15thNationalWinterGamesin2024,buttheexpectationisthatatleastonewillcompeteattheirhomeOlympicsinBeijingandZhangjiakou.

WhoevermakesittothestartlineinHebeiprovincein2022willbeabletolookbackfondlyonthesedaysoftoil.


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