Soochow University student Guo Dan makes history in PyeongChang Winter Olympics
2018-02-26 18:03:00

Guo Dan (R1)

Guo Dan, a student from School of Physical Education and Sports of Soochow University, still made history among Chinese athletes, although she ranked 10th in the final of the women's mass start speed skating at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Feb. 24.

Guo is a roller skater who also specializes in speed skating. Born in Beijing in 1990, she took up the sport of roller skating at the age of three. In 2003, she joined the Jiangsu Provincial team and received training in Suzhou as one of the province’s first batch of roller skaters. By 2013, she had competed at several international competitions, winning gold medals in the World Cup, World Games and World Championships.

Guo then decided to change from roller skating to speed skating in 2014, when she was 25 years old, saying “it’s the dream and highest honor for every athlete to participate in the Olympic Games and my next goal is the Winter Olympics.” Despite doubts over the transition, she was so committed to the new sport that she won the national championship in 2016 after only two years of training and became a member of the national team. In 2017, she took second place in a mass start event in the United States, securing a ticket to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, making her the first roller skating athlete to attend Winter Olympics.

As an athlete in two skating sports, Guo often trains in the first half of the year to prepare for roller skating in summer and the second half for speed skating in winter. Even though she spends the whole year in competitive sports, she hasn’t given up her studies. In 2016, she became an undergraduate student at the School of Physical Education and Sports of Soochow University. During limited breaks, Guo actively promotes roller skating on campus, updates her personal account on the popular social app WeChat and answers questions from fans.

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