3 Hong Kong athletes to watch at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

With the Winter Olympics underway, it’s the athletes competing for Hong Kong in Beijing.

After our city’s outstanding performance at the Tokyo Summer Olympics last year, it’s safe to say that we kept our eyes peeled to see a Hong Kong flag and athletes to cheer on. The Winter Olympics kicked off on Friday February 4 in Beijing (with some preliminary events starting on February 2) and are expected to see over 100 events before the closing ceremony on February 20.

This year’s Hong Kong Winter Olympics team is our biggest yet, representing the city in alpine skiing and short track speed skating – here’s who to watch.

Audrey King (center) and Adrian Yung Hau-tsuen (second from right)
(Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Ski Association)
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(Photo courtesy of Sidney Chu via Instagram)

3 Hong Kong athletes to watch at the Beijing Winter Olympics

The Hong Kong team has been competing in the Winter Olympics since 2002, but this young trio is the most we’ve ever sent and it’s the first time we’ve had athletes in more than one sport. And they are all beginners. Not bad at all for a town without snow.

Sidney Chu

What: 500m Short Track Speed ​​Skating | When: Friday, February 11, 7:18 p.m. HKT

Speed ​​skater Sidney Chu has already caught the eye on Chinese social media – the 22-year-old flag bearer (the oldest of the three) tends on Weibo to be “handsome” with a “nice Mandarin accent” after the opening ceremony. Chu competes in the men’s 500m short track heats on Feb. 11 (quarter-finals, semi-finals and final are Feb. 13). Previously, he won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 500m at the 2019 Asian Championships.

Audrey King

3 Hong Kong athletes to watch at the Beijing Winter Olympics
(Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Ski Association via Facebook)

What: Women’s slalom | When: Wednesday, February 9, 10:15 a.m. HKT

Audrey King, 19, kicked off in Hong Kong on Wednesday in the women’s slalom (alpine skiing), making her Olympic debut despite a Covid-19 scare. King is a former Youth Olympian, who postponed her entrance to Harvard University to compete in Beijing.

Adrian Yung Hau-tsuen

What: Men’s giant slalom and men’s slalom | When: Sunday, February 13, 10:15 a.m. HKT; Wednesday, February 16, 10:15 a.m. HKT

At just 17, Adrian Yung Hau-tsuen is the youngest member of the Hong Kong team this year. He is also the city’s first male alpine skier to compete in the Winter Olympics. Yung is a former British junior alpine champion, having grown up in the UK – his father is a Hong Konger. Watch him in the men’s giant slalom on February 13 and the men’s slalom on February 16.

(Hero image courtesy of Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China, featured image courtesy of Sidney Chu on Instagram)

Naomi C. Amerson