Jia Zongyang wins the men’s aerials silver medal on Sunday. © China DailyOlympic Games News
Date : 19 Feb 2018
PyeongChang, Korea, February 18, 2018: If he ever wanted to write an autobiography, Chinese freestyle skier Jia Zongyang has plenty of rich experience from which to draw on. But he is hoping there will be one final chapter to complete his success story – at the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022. The 26-year-old Jia, from Shenyang Sport University, won the silver medal in men’s aerials at Phoenix Snow Park on Sunday evening.
This gave him his second Olympic medal – and a step up from the bronze he won at Sochi 2014. The progression has been steady, and now there’s only one place he wants to be in four years’ time – at the top of the podium in front of the Chinese fans.
His ambition is to compete in his fourth Winter Olympics at Beijing 2022, by which time he hopes to be the finished article in terms of a freestyle skier. “I am quite satisfied but, needless to say, there are some regrets about this result. There will be lessons learned and there will be some changes and adjustments,” he said.
Jia scored 128.05 points in the final run, narrowly missing out on gold to Oleksandr Abramenko of Ukraine, who won with 128.51. Ilia Burov (Olympic Athlete from Russia) took the bronze with 122.17. “In aerials and freestyle skiing we are among the best teams in the world. We are very strong,” he added. “I did my best today, although in the final run there was still room for improvement.
I would like to thank my team, my team-mates, supporters and the spectators all the way from China.” Jia, a former gymnast, began freestyle skiing when he was 12 years old and made his World Cup debut in 2008, progressing to his first Winter Olympics in 2010. He won gold at the OCA’s 7th Asian Winter Games in Astana-Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2011. His medal on Sunday was China’s fifth silver medal of PyeongChang 2018.
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