Olympic champion snowboarder Su Yiming (center) attends an ice and snow sports promotion campaign at the Big Air Shougang in Beijing, April 13, 2022. (PHOTO / XINHUA)
BEIJING - Beijing Winter Olympic champion Su Yiming set his next goal of his snowboard career on Grand Slam, the new Chinese sports idol said on Wednesday at a winter sports activity held at the Big Air Shougang and the Beijing Winter Olympic Park.
Su, who clinched a silver in slopestyle and the gold medal in Big Air at Beijing 2022, said, "I wish I could win the Grand Slam and hear the national anthem in more events." The Chinese won a World Cup title in the United States in 2021.
The 18-year-old snowboarding prodigy considers the Big Air Shougang, where he won his first Winter Olympic gold medal, as a "blessed place".
"Three years ago, I competed in my first World Cup here. At that time, I had the goal to get the best result in Beijing," he said.
"Hard work pays off," Su said. "When I decided to become a professional, I knew I would be a long way to be the top athlete in the world, but I was always working hard."
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Su Yiming of China competes during the men's snowboard big air qualifications of the 2022 Winter Olympics, Feb 14, 2022, in Beijing. (JAE C. HONG / AP)
Many young people regard Su as a role model after his overnight success at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Su noticed teenagers' enthusiasm for winter sports and hoped that his experience would inspire them.
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Su gave them this advice: "Find what you're passionate about, believe in yourself, and give it your all. One day, your dream will come true."
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