Paralympics champion rouse women to winter sports

Updated: 2022-03-12

Team China's wheelchair curlers defeated the Swedish team 8-3 in the final, retaining their crown at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics on March 12. They took the 18th gold medal for the Chinese delegation.


From left: Sun Yulong, Yan Zhuo, Zhang Mingliang, Chen Jianxin and Wang Haitao celebrate on the podium after winning the wheelchair curling gold medal match against Sweden on Saturday. [Photo by Feng Yongbin]

Yan Zhuo, 30, is the team's only female member. Hailing from Beijing's Daxing district, she achieved her personal grand slam with this win -- titles from the National Games, World Championship and Olympics.

Many of her neighbors watched the games and cheered for her.


Residents of Beijing's Daxing district cheer for Yan Zhuo while watching wheelchair curling on TV at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics on March 12. [Photo by Li Jian]

Yan was very excited after winning the gold medal match. "Everyone on the team did a good job," she said.

"Women can perform well in this sport," she added. As curling is a sport crackling with wit, she hopes that more people will engage in and feel the charm of this sport.