World stars’ challenge ‘Countdown’… I’m looking forward to the ‘medal race’ on ice and snow

Sara Takanishi (from left), Chloe Kim, and Michaela Shiprin

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics held in August gave comfort to people around the world who are struggling in the aftermath of Corona 19 with the cool play of the best athletes. The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which will be held next, is also a big event that can comfort tired people around the world. Many fans are already waiting for the players, who have been loved by many fans, to show off their skills on the snow and ice this time.

Among them, the most awaited star is Mikhaila Shifrin (USA). Called a ‘genius girl’ since the early 2010s, he is still only 26 years old, but is already one of the ‘legends’ of ski alpine skiing. At the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Cup, he won 69, which is the most 3rd place among men and women, and won the World Championships six times. He recently declared a challenge to gold medals in all five sports at the Beijing Olympics. So far, the number of gold medals is somewhat insufficient compared to their reputation as they have only won two championships, the 2014 Sochi rotation and the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. People are already looking forward to how many gold medals Shiprine, who has entered her heyday, will increase in Beijing.

One of the points to watch is whether Korean ‘genius snowboarder’ Chloe Kim (21, USA) won the women’s halfpipe twice in a row. In 2018, he made his Olympic debut in gold by setting the record for the youngest gold medal in the event and the highest score of 98.25 at the same time in Pyeongchang 2018. His splendid performance is sure to be one of the best things to see in the Beijing Olympics. In addition, whether or not to overcome the jinx of Sara Takanashi (25, Japan), who was the most successful ski jumping World Cup winner (60 times) but only became smaller in major tournaments, is one of the main topics of the snow event ahead of this event.

Yuzuru Hanyu (from left), Iraine Bust, Conor McDavid

On the ice, attention is drawn to figure skating men’s single Yuzuru Hanyu (27, Japan). If he maintains the top again this time, the consecutive winners of Sochi and Pyeongchang, it will be the second in history after Ilys Grafström (Sweden) in 1920, 1924, and 1928, and the first in 94 years to win three consecutive Olympic men’s singles. The final Olympic stage of Iraine Bust (36, the Netherlands), a legend in women’s speed skating who won 11 Olympic medals alone (5 gold, 5 silver, 1 bronze), is also a time fans are waiting for.

In ice hockey, players from the North American Ice Hockey League (NHL) who did not play in Pyeongchang are returning. It is expected that you will be able to meet not only young stars such as MVP Connor McDavid (24, Canada) from the last 2020-2021 season, but also ‘living legends’ such as Alexander Obetskin (36, Russia) and Sydney Crosby (34, Canada).

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