Olympians cheer for ethnic games at party day
Updated: 2011-09-16 16:00
Beijing Olympic boxing champion and Guizhou native Zou Shiming lights the flame at the opening ceremony for Ninth National Traditonal Games for Ethnic Minorities in Guiyang, Sept 10, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]
GUIYANG - The biggest ethnic games of China without a single Olympic sport welcome four Olympians on Thursday at the party day of the ongoing ninth Chinese Traditonal Games for Ethnic Minorities.
Beijing Olympic boxing champion Zou Shiming, multi-Olympic swimming gold medalist Luo Xuejuan, men's team foil silver medalist of Sydney Olympic Games Wang Haibin and Yang Hao, a member of the title-winning women's volleyball of China in the 2004 Athens Games, took stage of the folk show at the all-gathering party when the quadrennial event took a day off.
All of the four Olympians felt excited about the ethnic games.
"It was an honor for me to perform on a stage of the first multi-sports event held by my hometown and in front of my countrymen," said Zou, who had been under the spotlight as he lit the main cauldron at the games opening ceremony.
"I think it's a good opportunity for Guizhou province to show its best to the whole nation to host a grand event like this," he added.
Wang Haibin was visiting the multi-national province of Southwest China for the first time and he was quite impressed by the passion and kindness of the local citizens.
"I can feel the passion of Guizhou people. They are as passionate as that of heat from the sun," said the head coach of the Chinese men's foil team.
Yang Hao told audience that she loves the food and beautiful scene of Guizhou, while Luo Xuejuan received a treatment of superstar at the live performances.
As a tradition of the quadrennial event, the ethnic games took a day off between the competitive schedules and all participants were welcome to a big party held at the Guanshan Lake Park of Guiyang.
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