Xu Mengtao, Gao Tingyu named flag bearers of Team China for Beijing 2022's closing ceremony
Updated 14:55, 20-Feb-2022
Profile picitures of Xu Mengtao (L) and Gao Tingyu. /CFP

Profile picitures of Xu Mengtao (L) and Gao Tingyu. /CFP

Freestyle skier Xu Mengtao and speed skater Gao Tingyu were named as Team China's flag bearers for the closing ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the team announced on Sunday.

Both Xu and Gao made history by winning their events. Xu won China's first gold medal in an Olympic freestyle skiing aerials event, while Gao became the first Chinese male to be crowned in Olympic speed skating.

Four-time Olympian Xu currently holds the world record with 27 wins from freestyle skiing World Cup series, topping the all-time list with victories in Finland and Canada in 2021. She kicked off her Olympic campaign in Beijing with a silver medal in mixed team aerials with teammates Jia Zongyang and Qi Guangpu, the latter winning the men's aerials two days after Xu's victory in the women's category.

Read more: Xu Mengtao makes history winning women's aerials gold at Beijing 2022

Gao, 24, set a new Olympic record of 34.32 seconds in speed skating men's 500m, slicing 0.09 seconds off the previous record.

As one of the flag bearers for China in the opening ceremony, Gao later described his excitement on China's twitter-like social media, Weibo, saying that being a flag bearer fueled him with much strength, and that he would live up to it with his best performance, which he did by adding a fourth medal for Team China in Beijing.

Read more: Chinese speed skater Gao Tingyu wins men's 500m final in Olympic record time

The closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games will be held on Sunday evening at the National Stadium, also known as the "Bird's Nest" in Beijing.

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