ECNUers' expertise and excellence on show at Beijing 2022


Since the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games kicked off competitions, the performances of Li Lingshu, East China Normal University alumni, the first Chinese curling judge in the history of the Winter Olympics, and Hao Lei, an ECNU post-doctor, a technical official of bobsleigh/skeleton, have been well recognized by the audience, demonstrating the professionalism of college sports staff.

Hao Lei, a post-doctor from the College of Physical Education and Health, ECNU, is a Chinese technical officer of bobsleigh/skeleton at the Beijing Winter Olympic Games. His work started on Jan 21st and will finish on Feb 21st when all competitions are finished. For now, he is responsible for pre-competition practice and in-competition coordination at the National Sliding Centre, Yanqing District, Beijing.

 Hao Lei

Without the precious experience as a physical fitness coach for China's national skeleton team and his academic research during his doctoral study, Hao Lei would not have been able to become a technical officer of bobsleigh/skeleton in this Winter Olympic Games. During those years, he participated in the program Scientific and Technological Services for the Winter Sports Management Centre of the General Administration of Sports of China-Personalized Services for National Training Team to Prepare for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, during which time he accompanied the Team to foreign and domestic training bases, including Calgary in Canada, Shanghai, Shenyang in Liaoning Province and Ankang in Shanxi Province. 

Hao Lei is also a holder of the national judge certificate for skeleton and has participated many times in bobsleigh/skeleton judge training programs hosted by the Organizing Committee of Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

Since Hao Lei conducted his post-doctoral research at ECNU, his academic interest has expanded from physical training of skeleton athletes to sports intervention and health promotion, as well as specialized theories and practices of sports, which have helped him lay a solid foundation for future research and sustainable development in the field of physical education pedagogy and training.

According to Prof. Sun Youping, Hao Lei’s mentor from the College of Physical Education and Health of ECNU, China’s bobsleigh/skeleton activities started late. At present, multiple levels of athletes have not yet developed, as only national teams exist. Besides, the training concepts, methods and means of excellent athletes and coaches remain to be developed.

National Sliding Centre

Prof. Sun hopes that Hao Lei can demonstrate the professionalism of China’s skeleton judging, and at the same time collect information about the competitiveness and training status of the world’s top skeleton athletes, so as to identify the gap between domestic and foreign athletes and find the breakthrough point for research in order to promote China’s skeleton strength.

Li Lingshu, a 2018 PhD graduate of ECNU, is one of the first Chinese judges in the history of the Winter Olympics. As the first one to serve as the deputy chief timer in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, she cooperates with a German chief timer to manage 4 clocks and all timing technicians.

 Li Lingshu

Li Lingshu obtained her Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees in the College of Physical Education and Health of ECNU. During her school years, she demonstrated extraordinary mental strength and research potential and was always persistent and fully devoted to studying. Her sports talents and team working spirit were also outstanding.

After graduation, Li Lingshu was involved in curling from 2011. She was first selected into the Shanghai curling talent cultivation program, then grew from a curling coach to a curling judge in just a few years. Now she has become a judge at the Winter Olympic Games. It was unswerving effort and the pursuit for excellence that boosted her great progress.

Li Lingshu (first from the right in the front row) and the Winter Olympic referee team

To help more students from the southern provinces of China to better understand winter sports, Li Lingshu has been providing optional curling courses in Shanghai International Studies University, where she works, introducing winter sports theories to more people. Besides, she also teaches winter sports on MOOC platforms and holds floor curling courses for Shanghai’s ice-and-snow schools on a regular basis.

The Beijing Winter Olympics has injected vigorous vitality into China’s sports on ice and snow and has moved them into the fast lane of development. With these opportunities, ECNU will continue to carry out the fundamental task of fostering virtue and nurturing a new generation of capable young people, coordinate the combination of traditional physical education and winter sports, and promote a talent cultivation system that conforms to contemporary characteristics.

Author: Li Mengjie

Copy editor: Philip Nash

Editor: Li Mengjie


East China Normal University