Li Yan Remains Head Coach of National Short Track Speed Skating Team

May 23, 2018  Editor: Liu Yanmei

China's short track speed skating team announced the notification of training arrangements for the 2018-19 season on April 20. The head coach position is still held by Li Yan.

After announcing her stay, Li, 51, will lead China to compete for her fourth Winter Olympics as the head coach.

She led the Chinese team as the head coach to win 4, 2, and 1 gold medals respectively at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Besides Li, the coaching team will include 6 executive coaches (Yang Zhanyu and five foreign coaches), seven assistant coaches, two physical trainers, two physical recovery trainers and two equipment coaches.

The medical team and the support group consist of four doctors, two masseurs, and experts in sports training physiological and biochemical tests, sports nutrition, and technical data analysis.

The new Chinese short track speed skating team consists of 3 groups with a total of 49 athletes. Wu Dajing, the Pyeongchang Olympic Champion, is in Group 1. Other well-known athletes like Li Jinyu, Qu Chunyu and Ren Ziwei are also in Group 1.

Group 2 is led by Fan Kexin and Han Tianyu, while veteran Zhou Yang is in Group 3.

From the list it is easy to find out that the main theme of the 3 groups is 'the old helps the new'. There are not only the experienced veterans, and also the most potential young players in each group.

According to the notification, Group 1 and Group 2 will carry out a regular internal adjustment training management model to maintain a dynamic healthy competition environment. While Group 3 will participate in the short track speed skating competition as well as the speed skating competition.

In addition, the team also organizes a Junior Skaters group. There are 23 highly talented athletes, including 10 male athletes and 13 female athletes.

They have been selected through rigorous selection and training sessions, and adopted regular adjustment and training methods to ensure adequate reserve athletes for short track speed skating.

There are fewer than four years until the Beijing Winter Olympics kicks off. This is the first large-scale training of these selected "talents" and they will train with the adult athletes of the national team. They are the hope of the future of China's short track speed skating.

(Source: Women Voice/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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