Eight-year-old speed skater Ma Zihui at the Beijing training centre after her come-from-behind win in the 500m short track quarter-finals. Photo: Wang Hao/yqqlm Eight-year-old speed skater Ma Zihui at the Beijing training centre after her come-from-behind win in the 500m short track quarter-finals. Photo: Wang Hao/yqqlm
Eight-year-old speed skater Ma Zihui at the Beijing training centre after her come-from-behind win in the 500m short track quarter-finals. Photo: Wang Hao/yqqlm

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Eight-year-old Beijing skater touches Chinese hearts after falling, recovering and winning short track speed race

  • A video of Ma Zihui’s victory in an age-group 500m quarter-final race has been viewed by more than 5 million people in China
  • Ma fell soon after the start, but got back up and reeled in her rivals one by one – ‘When I’m tired, I can grit my teeth and stick to it,’ she says

Topic |   Beijing Winter Olympics 2022
Eight-year-old speed skater Ma Zihui at the Beijing training centre after her come-from-behind win in the 500m short track quarter-finals. Photo: Wang Hao/yqqlm Eight-year-old speed skater Ma Zihui at the Beijing training centre after her come-from-behind win in the 500m short track quarter-finals. Photo: Wang Hao/yqqlm
Eight-year-old speed skater Ma Zihui at the Beijing training centre after her come-from-behind win in the 500m short track quarter-finals. Photo: Wang Hao/yqqlm
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