Athletes: Competition on the field, Unity off the field

2022-07-07 0 By

Alpine skier Arif Khan is the only Indian athlete to qualify for the Beijing Winter Olympics.”I almost became friends with him.”Zhai Nengqi, NOC assistant serving Beijing 2022 Yanqing Winter Olympic Village.Zhai, from Beijing Foreign Studies University, was helping the Indian delegation check in, carry snow and luggage when she first met Arif. Apart from introducing herself, she did not dare to say much.On the night of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Zhai was watching the live broadcast on her computer to take a screenshot of the Indian delegation entering the stadium.To the volunteers, waiting for a familiar delegation to appear was like waiting for a friend who was about to perform.Unexpectedly, Arif made a video call directly from the opening ceremony and invited her to experience the atmosphere. “Arif told me that I couldn’t come to the opening ceremony and said he would surprise me, but he called me directly.”For Zhai, solidarity is even more precious in the face of the pandemic.In the winter Olympic Village, she saw athletes from different countries meet each other through competition. “Some of them may not have met in the competition for many years. They used fist bumps instead of hugs.On July 20, 2021, the 138th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially added “More United” to the Olympic motto, which became today’s “Swifter, Higher, Stronger — More United”.The Beijing Winter Olympic Games was also the first Winter Olympic Games with the revised Olympic motto. For the volunteers who participated in the Recent Winter Olympic Games, the moments of athletes’ hard work on the field made them see faster, higher and stronger, and the joy and hug off the field made them feel unity.In the words of Zhang Beni, a volunteer in the village’s restaurant sector, volunteers are “immerging themselves” in the Olympic spirit.When zhang first started her job, she even had to do a long time of psychological construction to say hello to the athletes and observe their dietary preferences from afar. “In the morning, they like to eat bread and grain, and at noon, they like to go to the Peking Duck stall. When there are many people, they have to queue up.”Zhang likes to record every interaction with her athletes in a phone memo.Gradually, she found she couldn’t remember, “because she greeted them so many times.”Near the end of the Winter Olympics, she volunteered to work overtime in the village every day, “out of love”.Zhu Rui, a part-time instructor at China University of Petroleum in Beijing and a volunteer at the Yanqing Winter Olympics village, said the most amazing thing is that the flag holders from all over the world who show up at the opening ceremony will probably show up at the venues they serve.During the post, Zhu Rui can often see the world champion holding The gold dundun in the news mixed area of the Winter Olympic village.Organized performances of dragon and lion dances, presented lanterns, and took photos for athletes…As a volunteer in the square district, Zhu rui said that the interaction between the athletes and the volunteers made him feel that they were all part of the “village”.Juli poses with Italian alpine skier Federica Brignone.Kong Chang, a volunteer in the language service field of the National Alpine Ski Center, feels the beauty of “eye level” at the edge of the competition.When She saw Zhang Yangming, a Chinese alpine skier, saying, “Although the results were not so good, I gave 100 percent effort,” she felt zhang was like a neighbor’s big brother.Kong Chang told reporters that during her tenure, she always provided language services in different areas of the stadium, including the indoor medical station, media center and outdoor mixing area.”The mixed zone was right next to the finish line and it was very cold, but I was always happy to see the runners sliding down the high ground on the last ramp.”Kong Chang said.On February 17, when the national Alpine Skiing Center speedway opened, Kong chang and other volunteers from the Institute of International Relations used cardboard boards as skateboards to slide down the ramp and run around the finish area waving flags like champions.From that moment on, the track, which used to be nothing more than a distance to watch athletes fall fast and grind to a halt, was no longer “competitive”.For Wei, the end of the Beijing Winter Olympics came with a “strong fear of leaving”.Even as athletes begin to fly home and some venues begin to tidy up after the games, she refuses to say goodbye to what she has become familiar with.Just three weeks ago, the group of volunteers boarded a bus bound for the competition.Wei Zixuan, a news operation volunteer at the Capital Stadium, commutes between the site and the stadium every day. “Every day is a different competition, a different athlete, and a new experience.”Italian fontana, 32, won the gold medal in the women’s 500-meter short-track speed skating event at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb 7.In the press conference after the race, Fontana mentioned that although sitting on the press table athletes are holding MEDALS, in fact, we all have their own highlights and bottlenecks.Fontana’s remarks impressed Wei, who said, “At that moment, I felt very close to the athletes.”It wasn’t the only athlete speech she remembered.As a volunteer in the news operation of the Capital Gymnasium, the first thing she did every day was to go to the text reporter workshop to broadcast the preview of that day’s press conference.At the end of the day, she guides the athletes to the mixed zone or press room for media interviews, and occasionally helps co-translate the athletes’ answers.After the women’s figure skating singles competition, Russian Olympic team gold medalist Elena Serbakova was asked about her future plans.”I don’t know what the future holds,” Serbakova said. “I just focus on the moment. None of us can go to the future.”Ms. Serbakova, whom Ms. Wei described on television as “a very petite 17-year-old girl,” was calm and mature when speaking to reporters. “I was shocked by the smoothness of her answers and the depth of her thinking,” she said.Wei recalled that on her first day on the job, she set an alarm on her mobile phone every half an hour to remind herself to announce the news conference preview. To be on the safe side, she printed 15 tables before the end of the competition, “printing the names of the players who are likely to win the top three to reduce mistakes.”Source: China Youth Daily client