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With short track and freestyle to Winter Olympics medals

Freestyle superstar Eileen Gu: The US native competes for China.

A few years ago, Chinese athletes suddenly appeared in Norway. Until then, they had trained in other disciplines ranging from trampoline, long-distance running, or kayaking. But now they were learning completely new things: ski jumping, cross-country skiing, or biathlon in the snow. A 2018 video showed giggling teens descending from a children’s ski jump for the first time in their lives, skis crossed and followed by a crash landing on green mats. There are cheers for the first jumper to stick the landing, ex-trampolinist Zhai Yujia.

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