Speed Skating

Huang Yu-ting (left) and Ho Ping-ju carry the Olympic flag representing Taiwan at the Beijing Winter Games opening ceremony on February 4. Photo: DPA

‘Extremely improper’ Taiwan skater who wore China outfit may be punished

‘Athletes on the national team … should maintain our national dignity and honour. Her conduct … failed to meet public expectations,’ Premier Su says.

21 Feb 2022 - 8:07PM
Hong Kong short-track speedskater Sidney Chu at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium. Photo: Handout

Olympics spirit ‘is real’, says Hong Kong’s Beijing Games skater Chu

‘You have all these countries who in real life might be “at war” with each other, but we kind of ignore that and enjoy the camaraderie,’ short-track speed skater Sidney Chu says.

20 Feb 2022 - 6:01PM
Hong Kong flag-bearer Sidney Chu and other team representatives at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games opening ceremony. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong squad to miss Winter Olympics closing ceremony

Skater Sidney Chu and skiers Audrey King and Adrian Yung Hau-tsuen have already left the Athletes’ Village with training camps and competitions around the corner.

20 Feb 2022 - 3:19PM
Hong Kong short-track speedskater Sidney Chu before the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong Olympian Chu to open local speedskating academy

The 22-year-old targets low-cost ‘interest classes’ in city’s biggest rinks for people of ‘all ages and skating abilities’ – ‘we want to break the image that skating is only for the top, elite echelon class of people’.

19 Feb 2022 - 8:15AM
Hong Kong short-track speedskater Sidney Chu in a training session before the Beijing Winter Olympic Games men’s 500m short-track event at the Capital Indoor Stadium. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong government’s ice rink plans ‘surreal’, Olympic skater Chu says

Beijing Games competitor Sidney Chu and Hong Kong’s first Winter Olympian Christy Ren outline how short-track speedskating would benefit from an international standard ice rink, from grass roots to elite level.

19 Feb 2022 - 12:27AM
China’s Ren Ziwei, Shaolin Sandor Liu of Hungary and Lee June-seo of South Korea in action as Shaoang Liu of Hungary falls during the men’s 1,000m race.

Explainer | Why South Korea is still riled by ‘injustice’ of short-track 1,000m race loss

Country skaters Lee June-seo and Hwang Dae-heon were disqualified in semi-finals of speedskating race, and China’s Ren Ziwei and Li Wenlong went on to take gold and silver after benefiting from the decisions.

18 Feb 2022 - 3:49AM
American Erin Jackson is the first Black woman to win speedskating gold at the Winter Olympics, in the 500m event in Beijing. Photo: AP

Black and Hispanic skiers a rare sight on Western teams

The US Alpine sking team are entirely white while snowboarders and freestyle skiers include Asian-Americans.

17 Feb 2022 - 2:25PM
(From left) Hong Kong Winter Olympians Sidney Chu, Adrian Yung Hau-tsuen, chef de mission Karl Kwok Chi-leung and Audrey King at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre. Photo: HKSF&OC

Hong Kong, China to ‘strengthen winter sports ties’ after Beijing Olympics

With Hong Kong’s first international-standard ice skating rink still in the works, Hong Kong’s Beijing Winter Olympics chef de mission Karl Kwok targets more cross-border training and ‘snow sports tourism’.

16 Feb 2022 - 6:04PM
Brothers Liu Shaoang (left) and Sandor Liu Shaolin race against each other at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Photo: Reuters

Hungary’s Liu brothers strengthen their bonds with China

The pair’s father is from Tianjin and their strong north-eastern Chinese accent is a source of admiration for their China fans.

15 Feb 2022 - 12:13PM
Hungary’s Liu Shaoang celebrates as he crosses the finish line first to take gold in the men’s 500m short-track speedskating event. Photo: Xinhua

Hungarian-Chinese Liu Shaoang wins short-track 500m gold

World champion Liu becomes Hungary’s first-ever individual gold medallist at the Winter Olympics after a dominant win in the final.

13 Feb 2022 - 10:09PM
China’s Gao Tingyu is China’s fourth gold medallist of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Photo: AP

Profile | Who is China’s men’s 500m speedskating champion Gao Tingyu?

The 24-year-old has been eyeing Olympic gold ever since he won bronze at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

12 Feb 2022 - 8:44PM
China’s Gao Tingyu carries his country’s flag after winning gold in the men’s speedskating 500m race at the 2022 Winter Olympics. Photo: AP

Emotional Gao hails ‘passionate’ fans after speedskating gold

Gao completed an all-Asian podium with South Korea’s Cha Min-kyu taking silver and Japan’s Wataru Morishige winning bronze.

12 Feb 2022 - 10:49PM
Hong Kong short-track speed skater Sidney Chu in the men’s 500m heats at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games at the Capital Indoor Stadium. Photo: Reuters

Sidney Chu ‘very satisfied’ despite bowing out of Winter Olympics heats

‘To compete next to Wu Dajing is already an incredible achievement,’ the 22-year-old says of China’s reigning Olympic champion.

12 Feb 2022 - 12:54AM
Hong Kong Olympic short-track speed skater Sidney Chu (left) and China world record-holder and reigning champion Wu Dajing. Photos: Reuters, Xinhua

Profile | Hong Kong’s Chu to make debut against Olympic gold medallist Wu Dajing

The 22-year-old Sidney Chu outlines ‘very difficult race’ and ‘disadvantageous’ start position in the men’s 500m short-track speedskating heats against world record-holder Wu Dajing.

13 Feb 2022 - 3:20PM
Fan Kexin (top) of China and Alyson Charles of Canada fall onto the rink during the women’s 500m quarter-finals. Photo: Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi

Fans accuse Chinese speed skater of ‘Mario Kart’ trick to trip opponent

Footage from women’s 500m race at Winter Olympics appears to show Fan Kexin flicking a rink marker into the skates of Alyson Charles.

11 Feb 2022 - 1:06AM
Shaoang Liu (front), Park Janghyuk, and Ren Ziwei cross the line at the end of their short-track speedskating 1,000m semi-final. Photo: Reuters

Olympics wrap: Ren Ziwei loses third short-track gold; King ‘gave it my best’

Speed skater was looking to add 1,500m title to the 1,000m and team relay golds he has already won. Earlier, Hong Kong skier Audrey King crashed out of the women’s slalom on her Olympic debut.

10 Feb 2022 - 12:56AM
Hong Kong’s Audrey King in France in 2021. Photo: Handout

Five things to watch on Day 5 at the Winter Olympics

Hong Kong finally joins the fray in Beijing with alpine skier Audrey King up in women’s slalom, while China goes for more gold in speedskating and makes its debut in Nordic combined.

9 Feb 2022 - 9:01AM
BTS leader RM (left) is being hounded by Chinese netizens after an Instagram story post showing support for South Korea short track speed skater Hwang Dae-heon. Photo: Big Hit Entertainment via Instagram/@rkive

Fans of K-pop group BTS battle Chinese netizens over Olympics DQ

‘BTS ARMY’ jump to defence of group’s leader RM after Instagram post supporting South Korean short track speed skater sparks anger online in China.

9 Feb 2022 - 12:41AM
Ren Ziwei of China is congratulated by coach Kim Sun-tae after their victory in the short-track speed skating mixed team relay at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Photo: AP/Natacha Pisarenko

Coaches Kim, An spark Chinese adulation and South Korean anger

Team China’s ‘gentle and adorable’ Coach Kim becomes hit with Weibo users after Ren Ziwei and Li Welong win Winter Olympics medals, with assistant An branded ‘traitor’ by former compatriots.

8 Feb 2022 - 7:15PM
Eileen Gu of China reacts after her opening run at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Photo: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

Five things to watch on Day 4 of the Winter Olympics

China hoping for more medals with golden girl Eileen Gu up in freestyle skiing big air final, while Japan’s ‘Ice Prince’ Yuzuru Hanyu makes his Beijing 2022 bow.

18 Apr 2022 - 5:23PM