Zhou Yang (speed skater)

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhou.
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 25)
Changchun, Jilin
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 57 kg (126 lb; 9.0 st)
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; born J9 une 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 encountered some criticism from a governor after she failed to thank her government and country following her win. However, this has sparked much controversy on the internet, and the governor got flamed badly.[3]

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.


  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. ^ Chang, Anita. Skater's gaffe highlights politics of China sports. Associated Press. 9 March 2010.
  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.