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Enthusiasm for 2022 Winter Olympic Games


"It trains the muscles and ligaments, and I feel it is good for my knees, neck and spine," said Liu, who is in his 60s.

Liu is proud to be a member of the ice skating community and believes it sends a healthy and positive message to the society about the elderly.

A growing number of people have become interested in winter sports over the past few years, said Wang. He attributes the phenomenon to the fact that China will host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and China's economic growth, which means that more people have enough disposable income to spend on sports, including winter sports.

However, despite the growing popularity of winter sports, there still does not seem to be many young Chinese getting involved.

According to Wang, it's been the same generation who enjoy winter sports, and the younger generation seems to be absent.

"Sports on the ice used to be very popular in the 1960s and 70s, attracting a lot of young people in their 20s," said Wang. "Today you can see (for yourself) that the people here are mostly in their 50s and 60s."

A striking gentleman, Wang is not only famous among ice skating enthusiasts but also among young Net users in China. He rose to fame in 2015 after he walked a fashion show and his physique and presence stole the spotlight away from the young female models. Since then, he has promoted a healthy lifestyle and encouraged young people to exercise.

"Don't forgive yourself for being lazy!" Wang said. "Many young people tell me that they have no excuse for lying around while an old man in his 80s is still working hard in the gym. So, I want you to move it too!"

Global Times

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