Skier lands 7th gold medal for nation

By SUN XIAOCHEN | China Daily | Updated: 2022-02-17 06:50
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Qi Guangpu of China celebrates after his run during freestyle skiing men's aerials final at Beijing Olympics at Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, China, Feb 16, 2022. [Photo by Wei Xiaohao/]

"Every trick in this competition is very important and very impressive. I did my best. During the competition, almost every competitor did their best, so every trick was very wonderful," he said.

Abramenko, who won Ukraine's first medal in Beijing, was proud of being able to finish on the podium at back-to-back Games.

"It was an amazing competition today. I'm so happy for this silver and really proud of myself that I've won the first medal for Ukraine at these Games," said the 33-year-old fifth-time Olympian.

"I'm really happy that I made my quintuple twists, although the landing was not really good, but enough for second place."

At 31 years, 119 days, Qi became the oldest Olympic gold medalist in the men's freeski aerials event, winning China's 16th medal in freestyle skiing since the country's Winter Olympic debut in 1980 in the United States.

With three gold medals so far in Beijing, including the women's Big Air won by teenage prodigy Gu Ailing, China leads in the gold medal tally at Beijing 2022 in freestyle skiing.

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