冬季奥运会快乐 (Dōngjì àoyùnhuì kuàilè)! Happy Winter Olympics! Here is a list of need-to-know words that can give you a leg up when you watch the Winter Olympics this year.
1 Curling: 冰壶运动 (bīng hú yùn dòng)
Look out for the return of the U.S. Men’s Curling Team, Team Shuster.
Team Shuster won the first curling Olympic gold medal in Team USA history four years ago in PyeongChang. The new documentary "American Rock Stars" centers on Team Schuster’s journey from underdogs to fan favorites and gold medalists!
2 Freestyle Skiing: 自由式滑雪 (zìyóu shì huáxuě)
Watch out for up-and-coming freestyle skier Eileen Ailing Gu.
She is the first female skier to ever land a double cork 1440 in training. Gu is also the only Chinese competitor in history to win gold during the Winter X Games.
3 Ice Hockey: 冰球 (bīng qiú)
Watch this Chinese drama called “Skate Into Love” (《冰糖炖雪梨》, Bīngtáng dùn xuělí) that features both hockey and speed skating!
4 Figure Skating: 花样滑冰 (huā yàng huá bīng)
It's not too late to start bingeing the new drama “To Fly With You.” This drama series follows young university students pursuing their dreams of figure skating and speed skating.
Watch episode one here to get into the figure skating mood!
5 Speed Skating: 速度滑冰 (sù dù huá bīng)
"To Our Dreamland of Ice" is an upcoming drama that also intertwines two stories about love in figure skating and speed skating. This drama will be sure to get you excited about the winter events ahead!
6 Snowboarding: 滑板滑雪 (huá bǎn huá xuě)
Su Yiming will be competing in the big air and slopestyle events with hopes of clinching a medal.
Called a “snowboarding genius,” Su is the only Chinese snowboarder to win a World Cup big air title. He is also the first rider on the planet to land 1800s two ways in FIS competition.
7 Alpine skiing: 高山滑雪 (gāo shān huá xuě)
Mikaela Shiffrin is the leading U.S. women’s alpine skier as atwo time Olympic gold medalist. We have high hopes for her medaling opportunities in Beijing!
8 Bobsleigh: 雪橇 (xuěqiāo)
Be sure to check out the new Olympic bobsleigh sport monobob, which is an individual version of bobsleigh. This sport has increased female participation and broken down barriers for women all over the globe!