POSTED: June 23rd 2015
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Olympic Day celebrated by thousands in Beijing and Zhangjiakou rallying the Chinese 2022 Olympic bid

Thousands came out to Zhangjiakou's Olympic Day Run at the cultural landmark, the Da Jing Men Great Wall © Beijing 2022
Thousands came out to Zhangjiakou's Olympic Day Run at the cultural landmark, the Da Jing Men Great Wall © Beijing 2022

The Color Run was a fun way to support the bid © Beijing 2022
The Color Run was a fun way to support the bid © Beijing 2022

The starting line up of Beijing’s Color Run with logo flags © Beijing 2022
The starting line up of Beijing’s Color Run with logo flags © Beijing 2022

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Beijing, Zhangjiakou, and all of China have witnessed the gathering of thousands to commemorate the modern Olympic Games foundation (June 23, 1894) and celebrate Olympic Day. With a little more than a month till the Host City Election, China's celebrations have clearly illustrated the people's widespread passion. Illustrating China's passion for not only sport, but the undeniable support behind the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Bid.  

Coincidently, this particular occasion coincides with China's Dragon Boat national public holiday, which encourages Chinese people to spend time outside, camp, or hike. It gives people the chance to take advantage of the summer weather and enjoy sport activities in green areas all over the city or at Beijing's magnificent lakes.

The Olympic-themed events started on Saturday (June 20th) with a Color Run in Beijing's Fengtai district with 20,000 runners taking part. Chinese Olympic and Paralympic legends also participated and were led by first-ever Chinese Paralympic champion, Ping Yali, who won a gold medal at the 1984 Paralympic Games in the long jump.  

Furthermore, those of a more traditional running activity were able to join the Olympic Day Run that departed from the Beijing National Olympic Center on Saturday. Liu Peng, Minister of Sports of China, along with Beijing 2022 Ambassadors Guo Jingjing, most decorated female diver of all times, and Li Nana, two-time aerial skiing Olympic champion, joined in to show their support.

In addition to the already busy Saturday, the conclusion of the 10th Dragon Boat Culture Festival in Yanqing that started three weeks earlier. Along with the traditional dragon boat races, this year the festival included presentations of the plans for Beijing 2022, which mirrored the festivals held in Beijing's Shicha Lake District.

Chinese microblogging website, Weibo received over 200 million views, this week, of the song "Come Ski at the Great Wall." The song was recorded by David Tao, famous Taiwanese singer and Chinese pop idol, Lu Han. The video can also be viewed on YouTube.

Throughout the week, Olympic Day celebrations will continue with "A Love of Ice and Snow," on Tuesday morning at the Beijing National Aquatics Center (also known as the Water Cube). That evening there will be a large-scale art exhibition in Beijing's Huailai County, which will showcase a united Beijing and Zhangjiakou on their basis of a shared dream of hosting the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

Multiple large-scale events throughout Beijing and Zhangjiakou will continue through the week including fun runs, numerous bike marathons, and a thousand-person Tai Qui performance at Miyun County, which is situated right on the border of Hebei province and Beijing.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


Keywords · Beijing 2022 · Olympic · Paralympic · Zhangjiakov · Olympic bidding


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