Zhou Yang (speed skater)

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Zhou Yang
Korea Shim Sukhee Sochi ST1500m 09.jpg
Zhou Yang (middle) won the gold medal in Ladies' 1500 meters in 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Born (1991-06-09) June 9, 1991 (age 27)
Changchun, Jilin
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)
Sport
Country  China
Sport Short Track Speed Skating
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500m: 43.992 (2010)
1000m: 1:29.049 (2010)
1500m: 2:16.729 (2008, WR)
3000m: 4:58.955 (2009)

Zhou Yang (Chinese: 周洋; pinyin: Zhōu Yáng; Mandarin pronunciation: [ʈʂóu jǎŋ]; born 9 June 1991)[1] is a female Chinese short track speed skater. She won the gold medal in the 1500 m event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. She also won the Gold Medal in 1500m event at 2014 Sochi Olympics.[2] Zhou added another gold medal on the Chinese 3000 m relay team. She set a new world and Olympic record in the 1,000 m semifinal. She was bestowed the honor of the national flag bearer for China at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea [3] as China's most decorated active winter Olympian with 3 gold medals from previous Olympics, after Yang Yang and Wang Meng who have retired from the sport.

Early life[edit]

Zhou Yang started skating at age eight. A speed skating coach noticed that she had potential in the sport.[4]

In the 2008 World Short Track Speed Skating Championships, Zhou Yang won the gold medal in the women's 3000 meter super final. Zhou was also ranked second overall, following another Chinese skater Wang Meng.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Official Website of the Chinese Olympic Committee". Data.star.sports.cn. 9 June 1991. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Zhou Yang retains women's 1000m short track title at Sochi". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Opening Ceremony Flagbearers - Olympic Winter Games, PyeongChang 2018" (PDF). olympic.org. International Olympic Committee (IOC). 9 February 2018. 
  4. ^ "Yang Zhou – Short Track Athletes : Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics". Vancouver2010.com. 10 February 2010. Archived from the original on April 8, 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2010.