The Beijing Winter Olympics embody an ideal world

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The Beijing Winter Olympics, which end on Sunday, gave athletes from all over the world the opportunity to understand each other and make friends.

BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) — They come from different continents, with different skin colors, but on the ice and snow in China, they laughed together, took photos together and hugged each other to congratulate each other or each other. comfort.

The Beijing Winter Olympics, which end on Sunday, gave athletes from all over the world the opportunity to understand each other and make friends, just as the angelic voices of the opening ceremony sang: thousands of you and me, come together as one family. “

The friendship was on display when American athlete Ashley Caldwell hugged 31-year-old Chinese aerial skier Xu Mengtao after the latter won the gold medal. Caldwell, who had just missed the medals, shared Xu’s joy. Australian outlet Lachlan McKirdy said on his Twitter account, “This moment between Caldwell and Mengtao Xu is so special!”

This was shown when another American athlete, Tessa Maud, bid a tearful farewell to Beijing. The 18-year-old snowboarder became known to Chinese people after posting a vlog on Tiktok saying a volunteer who greeted her at the opening ceremony brought her to tears. “All the volunteers are so nice and kind,” she said. “We feel so welcome.” Later, she received a letter from the volunteer she mentioned, who invited her to visit China again after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fairness was assured when American curler John Shuster called a break to tell his Chinese rivals that his teammate had fouled by touching a stone on the Chinese side. Shuster and the judge both asked the Chinese team if they wanted to put their knocked rock back, a decision that would put them in an advantageous position.

But Chinese captain Ma Xiuyue refused, saying the US team didn’t win with the foul. China eventually lost the game 8-6. “Both teams showed the Olympic spirit”, commented a surfer after the match. “It’s the Olympics: you win in your own way, with your own abilities.”

It was reassured when Chinese silver medalist in men’s snowboard slopestyle Su Yiming and his coach Sato Yasuhiro called in an open letter to stop criticizing the judges, following the controversy where the event champion had been poorly marked .

Iztok Sumatic, head judge for the men’s snowboard slopestyle final, told professional snowboard website Whitelines that “it would be different scores” if the judges had seen champion Max Parrot miss a catch from the camera angle. which was provided to them. During the phone call, Yasuhiro and Su told Sumatic that they “understand that grading can sometimes be very difficult.”

Safety was assured when the number of positive COVID-19 cases reported in the “closed loop” of the Winter Olympics fell from a peak of 26 cases on February 2 to zero 11 days later. Britteny Cox, four-time Olympian from Australia, said: “I actually think the bubble is really great. I feel really safe, I feel like the village is incredibly clean and healthy.”

This was felt when American alpine skier Nina O’Brien, injured in the February 7 giant slalom event, was immediately treated by Chinese ski doctors. More than 40 medical staff from several prestigious hospitals in Beijing spent years before the Winter Olympics practicing skiing, so they could reach injured athletes as quickly as possible.

The US Ski & Snowboard Team tweeted: “Nina would like to express her gratitude to everyone who helped her so quickly through the finish area of ​​the race, and especially to the doctors and nurses at the hospital who took such great care of her.”

Despite calls for a diplomatic boycott from some Western politicians, the Beijing Winter Olympics became the most-watched Winter Games ever, with more than 100 million Americans tuned into NBCUniversal’s networks and 2 .5 billion engagements on the Olympic channels.

This is not surprising, as people all yearn for good things, especially in a world where instability, inequality and the COVID-19 pandemic are still affecting humanity.

The smiling faces of athletes from all countries and regions at the Closing Ceremony, as well as the video they posted on social media during the Winter Olympics are lasting and irrefutable proof of this.

With athletes from 91 countries and regions, the sports gala embodied an ideal world: safe, fair and where friendship prevails. It tells the world that it is possible to unite and compete in a decent way.

Although it is over, the memory will be cherished by both athletes and the public. In times of difficulty, the Games offer a beacon of hope.

When all the events are over and everyone has left, the Beijing Winter Olympics theme song still echoes through the empty stadiums.

“We all need love, so let’s put our hands together; we all have love, so let’s open all the doors,” he said.

“Together for a shared future, let’s go. Together for the future.”

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