Snowboarder builds up points

Central Station | 19 Oct 2021

S'now easy ride for Chinese snowboarder Zhang Jiahao - the former baker is aiming for the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022.

Zhang first learned snowboarding when he was 17 and a baker. It took him nine years to become a professional snowboarder, winning trophies in international events from being an absolute beginner.

To compete in the Winter Olympics in February, the rising star will have to rank in the top 30 at the International Ski Federation, as well as attain 50 points from the World Cup competitions within the Olympic qualification period.

"The coming three months are critical," he said.

So far, Zhang has taken home a gold, a silver and two bronzes in competitions in Chile but has yet to get sufficient points for the Winter Olympics.

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