It’s one of the hot topics at the start of any Olympics, and one of the most closely guarded secrets: Who will light the Olympic cauldron in the stadium at the opening ceremony?
The New York Times has a pretty good record It’s been recently predicted who gets the honor, so let’s try again.
Typically, the Olympic cauldron lighters are legendary athletes of the host country. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, for example, someone else lit the cauldron but Wayne Gretzky? Four years ago, Korean figure skater Yuna Kim was selected for the Pyeongchang Olympics.
It is also possible that an active athlete will be chosen: Tennis star Naomi Osaka such as was selected at the Tokyo Olympics last year.
China has a relatively short history of success in Winter Games, which simplifies our search somewhat. The nation won only its first winter medal in 1992 and its first gold in 2002.
With history in mind, here are some of the top contenders:
7. Chen Lu. Well known in China and abroad for her beautiful performances in figure skating in 1994 and 1998, but Chen has the drawback of winning only two bronze medals and no medals. yellow.
6. Han Xiaopeng. His skiing gold medal in 2006 was China’s only gold medal in a snow sport.
5. Eileen Gu. An active athlete is less likely this year, as China does not have a single athlete marching at this Olympics. Gu, who could have won a gold medal in freestyle skiing, seems to be the front-runner, but she was born and raised in the United States. Although she has chosen to represent China on the international stage, her background could be affected if officials are looking for homegrown athletes.
4. Wang Meng. The short-distance sprinter has four golds and six totals, both Chinese records. That would seem to put her at the top of the list. But her choice was not a busy attack: She was sacked head coach of the Chinese speed skating team in 2020 after less than a year on the job, which could make her an awkward choice. In 2011, she was kicked out of the skating team after a physical fight with team officials. That kind of verifiable history can hurt her with image-conscious selectors.
3. Duong Duong (S). Ten of China’s 13 Winter Olympics gold medals were in short-distance racing. Yang has won five medals but no gold. Her unique name was chosen because there was another top speed runner at the time named Yang Yang. This brings us to…
2 Duong Duong (A). With two golds and a total of five, Yang Yang (A) is even more capable than his eponymous counterpart. But despite China’s short-lived success over the years, we’re going in a different direction for our final pick.
first. Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo. The 2010 pairs of champions were China’s only gold medalist in figure skating, perhaps the most popular sport at the Olympics worldwide. The husband and wife team will have an additional bonus when a man and a woman light the cauldron together.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/sports/olympics/who-will-light-cauldron-opening-ceremony.html Who Will Light the Cauldron At the Winter Olympics?