Shaolin Sándor Liu

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Shaolin Sándor Liu
Liu Shaolin Sándor rövidpályás gyorskorcsolyázó.jpg
Liu in 2014
Personal information
Native name刘少林
Birth nameLiu Shaolin Sándor
Born (1995-11-20) 20 November 1995 (age 22)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Country Hungary
Shaolin Sándor Liu
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese

Shaolin Sándor Liu[1][2] (Chinese: 刘少林; pinyin: Liú Shàolín; Mandarin pronunciation: [ljǒu ʂâu lǐn]; born 20 November 1995) is a Hungarian Olympic champion short track speed skater.


Born to a Chinese father and a Hungarian mother, Liu started the sport in 2006. Before taking up skating, Liu and his brother Shaoang swam for two years, but they frequently got colds as a result.[3] After looking for different sports to compete in, they took up short track speed skating.

In 2006 the World Championships were held in Hungary. Their father assisted the Chinese team during their stay, helping with their stay and with guiding them around.[3] After the Chinese team suggested his two sons should go train in China due to their half-Chinese ethnicity,[3] Liu's father agreed to take the boys to China, where they trained for one and a half years.[3] After returning from China they begin to win various minor competitions in Europe.[3] In 2012 Zhang Jing came from China to coach Liu and his brother.[3]

Shaolin represented Hungary at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[4] He has won multiple medals at the World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships.[5] and placed third in overall at the 2016 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.[6]

He finished in fifth position at the 2018 Winter Olympics in the men's 1500m event before winning gold in the 5000m relay, which was also Hungary's first-ever Winter Olympics title.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Shaolin's younger brother Shaoang Liu is also a short track speed skater. He was second in the 1500m, third in the 500m, and fifth overall at the 2016 World Short Track Speed.[8] Though born to Chinese father from Tianjin, he speaks Chinese with a noticeable Northeastern accent due to his spending a year and a half in the Northeastern region of China. He was in a relationship with fellow speed skater Elise Christie from 2015 to 2018.[9][10]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Sándor Liu (full name: Shaolin "Sándor" Liu)". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ "Short Track Speed Skating | Athlete Profile: Shaolin Sandor LIU - Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games". Retrieved 2018-02-22.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Duran, Andres. "Featured interview: Liu Brothers (HUN) - ISU". Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  4. ^ "Sochi 2014 site". Retrieved 2014-02-01.
  5. ^ "Rp gyorskori: Liu Shaolin megnyerte a junior-vb-t" [Rp quick time: Shaolin Liu won the junior World Championships]. (in Hungarian). 8 March 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  6. ^ Men's overall results
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  8. ^ Liu Shaolin (28 January 2016). "93 days since Together". Twitter. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  9. ^ Falkingham, Katie (16 November 2018). "Elise Christie: Speed skater considered quitting after Winter Olympics". BBC News.
  10. ^ Rutlzer, Peter (14 February 2018). "Winter Olympics: The couples spending Valentine's Day in PyeongChang". i.

External links[edit]

Media related to Liu Shaolin Sándor at Wikimedia Commons