Meet Zhou Yang. The Chinese speed skater won the Olympic Gold medal this evening in the women’s 1500m event. Read more about her win, a biography plus Zhou Yang photos and video below.
Congratulations to Chinese speed skater Zhou Yang on her Olympic Gold medal win in the 1500m event!
Yang’s win is the second Gold medal for the Chinese team for speed skating (short track). She beat out two Koreans, Lee Eun-Byul, who won the Silver and Park Seung-Hi who took the Bronze.
Zhou’s compatriot, Wang Meng, won the Gold in the 500m competition on Wednesday. Meng unfortunately did not make the finals in the 1500m event.
As a biography, here is a summary of what is known about Zhou Yang. She is 18 years old, born in China on June 9, 1991. At just 8 years of age, she laced the skates on. Her parents gave the okay for Zhou to train in speed skating, but were quite adamant that education was always first and foremost. Ironically, she would later stop going to school so that she could focus on her training to the fullest extent. In 2006 she became a member of the Chinese National Team.
In her short career, she has accomplished quite a bit. Here are some highlights thus far:
2008: At Worlds, awarded the Gold in the relay event, Silver in the 1000m and came away with the Bronze in the 1500m event.
2009: Won the Gold medal in the relay and Silver in the 1500m events at the Worlds (Vienna).
What a proud moment for the Chinese speed skater, at just 18 years of age and to win at the Olympic Winter Games is no easy feat. She has many years ahead of her in competition, and I’m sure this Olympic Gold medal will be cherished forever. No doubt we will probably see more hardware placed around her neck in future Games to come. You can see more Zhou Yang photos and video below.