Han Yueshuang freely admits she has won a place at the Winter Games by default, but the speed skater promises to do her best against all the odds. 'My teammate, Wang Xinxue, would have a much better chance of winning a medal if she was allowed to go. And an Olympic medal would definitely create a big impact in Hong Kong, something our sport desperately needs,' said the 27-year-old Han, who will retire after March's Asian Championships in Japan. 'After all, Wang is the one who achieved the Olympic berth for Hong Kong. I feel sorry she has been denied the chance to go to the Olympics.' The 22-year-old Wang arrived from the mainland in 2007 and is not eligible to represent Hong Kong at the Olympics until she fulfils the seven-year residency requirement. Wang, a former national junior champion, has already proved herself at the highest level, finishing seventh in the 1,000 metres at a World Cup meeting in Marquette in the United States last November, an event that also served as one of the qualifiers for the Vancouver Games. Han, however, could manage only a best finish of 35th in the 1,500m at the same event and finished 59th in the 1,000m. 'My preparation for the Games is far from ideal,' said Han, who has been training in Harbin since December after being informed of her selection. 'Mentally and physically, I was a bit relaxed after the Olympic qualifiers as Wang had achieved better results. But because of her passport issue, I have had to improve my form as quickly as possible. That's not easy.' Han, who is from Jilin province, admits her medal hopes are non-existent in any of the three short-track skating events - 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m - but vowed to give the Games her best shot. It will be Han's second Winter Olympics after making her debut for Hong Kong at the Turin Games four years ago, when she needed a special exemption from the International Olympic Committee to solve her own passport issue at the time. Han has no problem this time after collecting her Hong Kong passport in October. Yet becoming a permanent resident has also led to much frustration over the sport's lack of development in the city. 'I am very disappointed with the way the sport has been treated as nothing has been done since my last appearance in Turin four years ago,' Han said. 'I was really looking forward to seeing some changes, but with the Vancouver Games about to start, I have yet to see any. 'We are just like the son of a stepmother when compared to support given to all other sports at the Summer Olympics.' Edith Lau Shan, sports executive of the Skating Union, said they received less than HK$200,000 in yearly training grants from the government. 'The fund was not even enough to send the two skaters to four World Cup events last year and we will have to raise money to send our athletes to the upcoming Asian Championships and World Championships,' she said. 'Most of all, there is no standard training facilities in Hong Kong and our juniors have to share smaller recreational ice rinks with the public for training, while seniors like Han and Wang have to train in China.' Speed skating was introduced to Hong Kong in the 1990s and it wasn't too long before Hong Kong had its first representatives at the Winter Olympics when Cordia Tsoi Po-yee and Christy Ren qualified for the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. 'We remain the only sport from Hong Kong that has made it to the Winter Olympics and have made it three times in a row, but unfortunately we are still without a standard training venue. It's a pity,' Han said. A proper short-track speed skating venue requires an ice rink measuring 30m x 60m but none of the major commercial ice rinks in Hong Kong met the requirements. However, Han has no regrets in committing her future to a place where winter sports are far from the mainstream. 'Hong Kong has given me the opportunity of competing at the Olympics, which is an athlete's biggest dream. It would have been difficult to get such a life-time experience if I had stayed in China,' said Han, who still holds the national record in the 3,000m event, which she set in 1998. 'I would like to pass on my experience to the younger generation in Hong Kong after I finish my career in March,' she added. 'My dream is to identify potential skaters, train them and provide them with the opportunities so they can follow in my footsteps and perform against the world's best at the Olympics one day. 'But to achieve my goal, we need the authorities to inject more resources into the sport.'