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Arabella Ng – Hong Kong’s ‘super cool’ Olympian

15 Feb 2018
PyeongChang, Korea, February 15, 2018: “Super cool”…that’s how Arabella Ng feels about being an Olympian and alpine skiing pioneer here at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. The 16-year-old Arabella broke new ground for the Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China on Thursday, February 15 when she took part in the ladies’ giant slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Centre.

On a glorious sunny day, Arabella clocked 1 minute, 27.25 seconds on her first run to come in 63rd of 67 finishers, with a further 11 skiers failing to complete the course and another disqualified. The Hong Kong delegation was there to greet her at the bottom of the mountain, including her parents, Timothy Ng and Ashley Ng, her uncle, Mike Tse, and the Chef de Mission Tony Yue.

When asked how she felt competing at the Winter Olympics – and being the first athlete to represent Hong Kong in a snow event rather than ice – Arabella replied: “It’s super cool – and hopefully more people from Hong Kong can start skiing. “My first run was not great, but it was really cool being here and seeing the finish and yourself on TV.”

Born in Hong Kong, Arabella moved to Canada when she was three years old and began skiing at Whistler, BC. She studies at Green Mountain Valley School, a ski academy in Waitsfield, Vermont, USA, and qualified for the Winter Olympics by taking part in a series of FIS-sanctioned events in Canada and the United States.

With the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022, Arabella is hoping that her appearance here will inspire other youngsters from Hong Kong to take to the ski slopes in China and create more winter sports athletes for the future. As the lone athlete representing Hong Kong, Arabella has already shone in the Olympic spotlight by carrying the flag in the opening ceremony on February 9. But it’s been all business since then.

“The snow is really nice – but it’s pretty windy,” she remarked about the conditions in the mountain cluster, where she will also compete in the slalom. Arabella, who returns to Hong Kong often to visit family, is far from the first member of her sporting family to compete at the Olympic Games.

Her aunt, Fenella Ng, represented Hong Kong, China in swimming at the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988, and in rowing at the 2000 Games in Sydney. Her other aunt, Caroline Ng, competed in swimming at the Asian Games for Hong Kong, China. Arabella improved in the afternoon’s second run, clocking 1:23.29 for a total time of 2:50.54 and good enough for 56th place overall.
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