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Gao Tingyu


SportSpeed Skating
Born15 Dec 1997 in  Yichun
ResidenceHarbin, CHN
OccupationAthlete, Student
Higher educationPhysical Education - Harbin Sport University: China
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.34 08 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:10.58 22 Oct 2016 Urumqi  
    1500m 2:02.21 01 Dec 2013 Changchun  
    5000m 7:56.33 29 Oct 2011 Changchun  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    500m     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachLiu Guangbin [club], CHN; Rutger Tijssen [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 2004 while he was at primary school.  
Club / TeamHeilongjiang Province Ice Training Centre: Harbin, CHN  
Reason for choosing this sportHe loved skating and showed talent in the sport from an early age.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Liu Guangbin. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 12 Mar 2019;, 12 Oct 2019)  
Awards and honoursIn 2017 he was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (, 04 Jan 2017;, 09 Feb 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"If you are going the wrong direction, going forward is actually going backwards." (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Other informationPERSONALITY
His main event is the 500m and he believes he has the temperament of a typical sprinter. "We are explosive on the ice, but we can be short-tempered off the ice too. When a race doesn't work out the way I wanted it to, my coach often has to abide my frustrations." (, 12 Mar 2019)
Hero / IdolUS basketball player Tracy McGrady. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
MilestonesHe became the first male athlete representing the People's Republic of China to win an Olympic medal in speed skating by claiming bronze in the 500m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 19 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Jan 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games 500m3  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m9  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m10  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall21  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 500m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m12  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m16  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m20  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall30  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m35  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall55