BEIJING – On Wednesday, January 31, China announced an 82-athlete team – 46 female and 36 male – for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
The Chinese team, the largest since China’s 1980 debut at the Olympic Winter Games, will compete in 55 events in five sports (12 disciplines) in PyeongChang 2018, which will take place from February 9-25.
China's medal hopes are mostly in short track speed skating, figure skating and freestyle skiing aerials, with some competitive snowboarding and speed skating athletes too.
Chinese athletes will compete in 10 events for the first time, including freestyle skiing halfpipe and bobsleigh.
"The PyeongChang Games will serve as an important rehearsal as we prepare for a more balanced performance at Beijing 2022," said Gou Zhongwen, Director of the General Administration of Sport of China, in Beijing on Wednesday.
Figure skating pair Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, who won gold in the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2017, are expected to draw a huge TV audience in China as they compete in the Pairs Mixed final on February 15, the eve of Chinese New Year.
Men's short track speed skater Wu Dajing has also proved his world elite caliber, which might earn him gold in the 500 meters in PyeongChang, after winning at the Shanghai leg of the ISU World Cup series this past November.
In Sochi 2014, China took home 3 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 2 bronze medals, placing 12th in the gold medal tally.
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