winter sports vocabulary in chinese

Must-know Chinese Vocabulary and Facts about Beijing Winter Olympics

Linghe is a native Chinese speaker with a degree in English. She loves learning different languages and sharing her experience.

All Chinese language learners, attention! Here’s a heads-up from the frontline — the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics (冬季奥运会 — dōng jì ào yùn huì) will start on February 4th. So let’s brush up on some critical Chinese vocabulary and knowledge related to the winter sports and the Olympic games in advance. Read on and get ready to be the most knowledgeable audience this winter!

Why learn Chinese vocabulary for Winter Olympics

Learning some Chinese vocabulary will not only help you enjoy the event more smoothly, but also give you a chance to wow your Chinese friends or teachers;)

It is worth noting that what I’m about to present to you below also applies to other events, such as the regular Olympics and the Youth Olympic Games. We can say that they are the most essential Chinese vocabulary you need to know regarding sports events. 

Facts about 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Before we start on the learning journey, let’s first see some facts about the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. 

When and where will it be held

The 2022 Winter Olympics will begin on Feb 4th and end on Feb 20. The opening ceremony will take place at the National Stadium, also known as “The Bird’s Nest”. The first match, curling, will start at 7:05 a.m. EST on February 2nd, ahead of the opening ceremony. The games will last for 19 days, with the Closing Ceremony on February 20th.

Beijing National Stadium
Beijing National Stadium (image from the beijinger.com)

You may think Beijing is the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics. But it’s only partially correct. In fact, Beijing, as the central zone, will host only the five ice events. There are also sports venues in nearby cities like Yanqing and Zhangjiakou. Yanqing is located in the northwest of Beijing and will host the events of bobsleigh, luge, and alpine skiing due to its mountainous terrain. Zhangjiakou is the even further one, 180km from Beijing city, will be responsible for the remaining events.

Mascots, logo, and theme song 

Beijing Winter Olympics also has two super cute mascots, Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon. Bing Dwen Dwen (冰墩墩 bīng dūn dūn) is a giant panda with a suit of ice crystal. The headshell is shaped like an ice sports helmet, and the overall image resembles an astronaut. Meanwhile, the design concept of Bing Dwen Dwen eschews traditional elements and is full of the vision of the future and speed. What’s more, the panda is recognized worldwide as China’s national treasure.

Shuey Rhon Rhon (雪容融 xuě róng róng) is an anthropomorphic Chinese lantern with the pattern of snowpack signifying winter on the face and a circle of paper cutouts on the top of the head. Lanterns symbolize good luck, happiness, warmth, and celebration in China. It reminded me of how Chinese people decorate their houses with lanterns for the Chinese New Year, like Christmas trees in the West. 

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Bing Dwen Dwen and Shuey Rhon Rhon (image from wikipedia.org)

The Emblem of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games (冬梦 — dōng mèng) is composed of three parts: the logo, the text, and the Olympic rings. The entire body of which resembles the calligraphic form of the Chinese character “winter” ( — dōng), and the dominant hue is blue. If we take it apart, the upper section of the emblem looks like an ice skater, while the lower section indicates the figure of a skier, representing the two main kinds of winter sports, on ice and on snow. This design is stunning, blending the subtleties of both whole and part. 

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics emblem
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics emblem (image from cgtn.com)

The theme song of the Winter Olympics is Together for a Shared Future. What a pleasant surprise! Chinese superstars like Jackson Yee are featured in the music video, taking viewers into the stories behind the Winter Olympics. It has now been officially released, take a look ⬇️

Winter Olympics vocabulary in Chinese

With the above, I guess you already have a general impression of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Now, have your notebooks ready, and let’s get started learning some useful Chinese vocabulary! You may have come across some of these words before so it should be easy! Let’s get started!👇

Winter sports vocabulary in Chinese

Winter Sports vocabulary In Chinese Pinyin (pronunciation)
Alpine Skiing 高山滑雪 gāo shān huá xuě
Biathlon 冬季两项 dōng jì liǎng xiàng
Bobsleigh 雪车 xuě chē
Cross-Country Skiing 越野滑雪 yuè yě huá xuě
Curling 冰壶 bīng hú
Ice Hockey 冰球 bīng qiú
Figure Skating 花样滑冰 huā yàng huá bīng
Freestyle Skiing 花样滑雪 huā yàng huá xuě
Luge 雪橇 xuě qiāo
Nordic Combined 北欧两项 běi ōu liǎng xiàng
Short Track Speed Skating 短道速滑 duǎn dào sù huá
Skeleton 钢架雪车 gāng jià xuě chē
Ski Jumping 跳台滑雪 tiào tái huá xuě
Snowboard 雪地滑板 xuě dì huá bǎn
Speed Skating 速度滑冰 sù dù huá bīng

 

Olympics vocabulary in Chinese

Olympics vocabulary In Chinese Pinyin (pronunciation)
Opening ceremony 开幕式 kāi mù shì
Closing ceremony 闭幕式 bì mù shì
Athlete 运动员 yùn dòng yuán
Competition 比赛 bǐ sài
Gold Medal 金牌  jīnpái 
Silver Medal 银牌  yín pái 
Bronze Medal 铜牌 tóng pái 
Medal 奖牌 jiǎng pái 

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