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Olympic champ Wang is China’s short track coach

China’s four-time Olympic short track speed-skating champion Wang Meng has been appointed head coach of a new Chinese national team formed by the merger of the country’s short track and speed-skating squads, it was announced in Beijing yesterday.

The appointment of former women’s 500-meter and 1,000-meter short track specialist Wang ends the 13-year tenure of Li Yan at the helm of China’s short track team. The short track has historically been a happy hunting ground for China’s Winter Olympians, having contributed 10 out of a total of 13 gold medals that Chinese athletes have won at the past five Games. However, the team failed to win a single title at this year’s world championships in March. Wang, who turns 35 in July, was named head coach of the country’s speed-skating team last month, before the Winter Sports Management Center decided to increase the scope of her role. “My coaching staff and I will keep past glories and traditions in mind and we will work out the best method of preparation for both squads ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on home ice,” Wang said. Li, who led the national squad to multiple medals at three Winter Games, will remain as chairwoman of China’s skating association.


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