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ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA — A month ago, I met with a source close to the Chinese government in a tiny room in this mountain resort outside Beijing, which hosted the 2022 Olympic cross-country skiing events.  There, the source explained how a decision by international skiing officials to disqualify a Chinese cross-country skier from a race was like killing a baby. China does not have, exactly, a long tradition of success in winter sports like cross-country skiing. But...

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You can find the introduction to this three-part series on the development of the Chinese ski program here. Creating a Generation of Skiers China, pursuing Olympic medals on home snow, signed deals in 2018 to train Chinese skiers in Norway and Finland. The first hurdle would be filling these programs with potential skiers. To that end, a talent building program was initiated and young professional athletes in the second tier of rowing, kayaking, and running...

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Salmon for Skiing Over the last four years China has undertaken perhaps the grandest experiment in cross country skiing history: can hundreds of athletes cherry picked from other sports and given seemingly unlimited resources be turned into Olympic medalists in nordic events?  Chinese athletes have never medaled in any of the nordic disciplines, and their teams head into the Olympics as the darkest of dark horses. Success, in the form of medals, is key to...

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People’s Republic of China Nations Cup Ranking: 22nd (20 pts) Men: 22nd (8 pts) Women: 21st (12 pts) People’s Republic of China Nations Cup Ranking: 22nd (20 pts) Men: 22nd (8 pts) Women: 21st (12 pts) 2010/2011 World Cup Team (Best estimate) Men Qinghai Sun Xu Wenlong Women Li Hongxue Dandan Man What you may have missed last season: The Tour de Ski China. In the 2010 edition, the Chinese took city sprints to an...