The 24th Winter Olympic Games will kick off in Beijing on February 4, 2022. The Sports Department of Chinanews.com launched a series of columns “Hundred Questions about Winter Olympics”, aimed at popularizing Winter Olympic knowledge, answering hot questions, sharing interesting stories about ice and snow, and helping everyone have a better watching experience during the Beijing Winter Olympics.
The 34th Winter Olympics 100 Questions | What are the nicknames of the Beijing Winter Olympics venues?
From emblems and mascots to torches and medals, every link and every element of the Beijing Winter Olympics has been integrated into the artistic conception of Chinese culture and carries the connotation of Chinese culture. The Winter Olympics venues are in the same vein. Ice Ribbon, Snow Dragon…These intimate and appropriate nicknames not only show the charm of Chinese culture, but also draw the distance between the public and ice and snow sports.
Since it is an ice and snow sport, both ice and snow are indispensable, and the nicknames surrounding the Winter Olympic venues naturally form two intimate “families.”
The nickname of the National Speed Skating Stadium “Ice Ribbon” has long been well-known. The 22 ribbon-shaped glass decorative strips on the exterior wall of the stadium make it a landmark of the Beijing Winter Olympics. “Ice Ribbon” not only has a unique and exquisite appearance, but also has the largest all-ice design in Asia, with an ice surface area of 12,000 square meters. “Silk Country” is one of the nicknames in the Han Dynasty in China, and the name “Ice Ribbon” can be described as a link between ancient and modern.
Data map: photo by Han Haidan inside the ice ribbon
In response to the “Ice Ribbon”, the National Aquatics Center “Water Cube” was transformed, and the “Ice Cube” was born. The “Ice Cube”, which will soon become a double Olympic venue, is the first venue in the world to realize the conversion of water to ice.
As the “neighbor” of the National Aquatics Center, the National Stadium is also a member of the “Ice Family”. In August of this year, the National Stadium collected nicknames from around the world, and finally “Ice Sail” came to the fore. Standing on the Olympic Tower and looking out, the National Stadium is like a giant sailing ship. Facing the Beijing Winter Olympics, this sailing ship set sail again.
On the southeast side of Wukesong Gymnasium, the newly built Wukesong Ice Sports Center is eye-catching. This place seems to be wrapped in countless pieces of falling snowflakes, from which the nickname “Bing Ling Hua” comes from.
The Shougang Ski Jump, which is not far from the “Bing Linghua”, is the world‘s first permanently reserved ski jump. As the first newly completed competition venue in the Beijing competition area, known as the “crystal shoes”, it has long become a place for Internet celebrities to check in. Later, it had a new and more free name-“Xue Feitian”.
In the Yanqing competition area, the names of “Xueyoulong” and “Xuefeiyan” are both inherited from ancient legends.
The national snowmobile sled center “Snow You Dragon” is based on the Chinese cultural totem “Dragon” as its originality. The entire track is like a dragon entrenched in the mountains. “Flying swallows” are regarded as auspicious birds. Starting from the mountaintop platform of the National Alpine Ski Center, it looks like a swallow spreading its wings and trying to fly. Therefore, “Snow Flying Swallows” also carry the auspicious meaning.
The picture shows the National Ski Jumping Center.Photo by Zhai Yujia
In the Zhangjiakou competition area, the design of the national ski jumping center inspired by the traditional Chinese cultural image “Ruyi” is breathtaking. Unlike the ski jumping track of the previous Winter Olympics, which was built on the hillside, the “Snow Ruyi” track was erected in the valley. While reducing the use of expensive wind protection facilities, it can also overlook the remains of the Ming Great Wall from the starting point.
At the top of “Snow Ruyi”, the elevated pedestrian passage connecting the National Biathlon Center, the National Cross-Country Ski Center and many other Olympic venues is called the “Ice Jade Ring”. “Xue Ruyi” joins hands with “Ice Jade Ring” to spread the beauty of China to the world. (over)
【Editor in charge: Liang Yi】