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Zhou Yang


SportShort Track
Born09 Jun 1991 in Changchun 
ResidenceBeijing, CHN
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.992 17 Feb 2010 Vancouver  
    1000m 1:29.049 30 Oct 2010 Vancouver  
    1500m 2:16.993 20 Feb 2010 Vancouver  
    3000m 4:58.955 08 Mar 2009 Vienna  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    1500m 2      
    3000m Relay 1      
World Championships
World Championships
    1000m   1 1  
    1500m   1 1  
    3000m Relay 2 2 1  
    Overall   1 1  
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    2000m Relay 1      
    Overall     1  
World Team Championships
World Team Championships
    Team 2 1    
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating in 1999 in Changchun, People's Republic of China.  
Club / TeamJilin Province: Changchun, CHN  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesShe injured her foot in a mid-race collision at the 2011 World Cup event in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. (, 23 Oct 2011)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachKim Sun-Tae [national], KOR  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesBaa Baa, Talent Girl (Weibo profile, 28 Aug 2015;, 27 Feb 2014)  
Hero / IdolChinese short track skater Yang Yang [A], US basketball player Stephen Curry. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019, 09 Nov 2017)  
Awards and honoursShe was flag bearer for the People's Republic of China at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 09 Feb 2018)

In 2014 she was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (, 30 Oct 2018)

In 2014 she was named an Excellent Athlete by the Jilin provincial government in the People's Republic of China. She was also presented with the May 4th Youth Medal in the same year. (, 15 Jul 2014)

In recognition of her performance at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, she was presented with the Sports Medal of Honour and was named one of the Top Ten Outstanding Women in Changchun, People's Republic of China. (, 07 Apr 2010)

In 2010 she received a Merit Citation Class Two from the Jilin provincial government in the People's Republic of China. (, 10 Apr 2010)
Most influential person in careerCoach Li Yan. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Seize the moment, and take every step with the heart." (Athlete, 09 Nov 2017)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 1500m and the 3000m relay at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Other informationOTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2019 she was named the representative for short track on the Athletes' Commission for the International Skating Union [ISU]. She is due to serve on the committee until 2023. (, 16 Jan 2019;, 14 Jan 2019)
Other sportsShe represented the People's Republic of China in short track between 2006 and 2018, winning a total of three gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games. She made her World Cup debut in speed skating in 2019 in Minsk, Belarus. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Nov 2019)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHer parents encouraged her to take up a sport in order to improve her health after undergoing surgery at age four. Her father bought her roller skates at age eight, and she was later scouted by coach Cui Shunz who encouraged her to train in speed skating. She switched to short track on the insistence of her father who didn't want her training at the outdoor rinks used for speed skating.  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 09 Mar 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2010 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships 2000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Team Championships Team1  
    2008/2009 World Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 World Team Championships Team1  
    2012/2013 World Championships 3000m Relay1  
    2010 Olympic Games 3000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1000m2  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1500m2  
    2007/2008 World Championships Overall2  
    2014/2015 World Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 World Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 World Team Championships Team2  
    2007/2008 World Championships 1500m3  
    2008/2009 World Championships Overall3  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1000m3  
    2005/2006 World Junior Championships Overall3  
    2007/2008 World Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2006/2007 World Championships 1500m4  
    2007/2008 World Championships 500m4  
    2008/2009 World Championships 500m4  
    2008/2009 World Championships 1000m4  
    2006/2007 World Championships Overall4  
    2009/2010 World Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2006/2007 World Championships 500m5  
    2010 Olympic Games 500m5  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1000m5  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m Relay7  
    2014 Olympic Games 3000m Relay7  
    2012/2013 World Championships 1500m7  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1000m8  
    2010 Olympic Games 1000m8  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m8  
    2009/2010 World Championships 1500m13  
    2012/2013 World Championships Overall13  
    2009/2010 World Championships Overall14  
    2009/2010 World Championships 500m14  
    2012/2013 World Championships 500m21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1500m1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1500m1  
    2009/2010 Beijing 1500m1  
    2009/2010 Montreal, QC 1000m1  
    2007/2008 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2008/2009 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2009/2010 Marquette, MI 1500m1  
    2007/2008 Quebec City 1000m1  
    2010/2011 Quebec, QC 1500m1  
    2010/2011 Quebec, QC 1000m1  
    2008/2009 Vancouver 1500m1  
    2013/2014 Kolomna 3000m Relay1  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 3000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 Quebec, QC 3000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 Kobe 3000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 Turin 3000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 Budapest 3000m Relay1  
    2006/2007 Saguenay, QC 3000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 Beijing 3000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 Quebec City 3000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 Vancouver 3000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 Nagano 3000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 3000m Relay1  
    2007/2008 Heerenveen 3000m Relay1  
    2008/2009 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 Seoul 3000m Relay1  
    2009/2010 Marquette, MI 3000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 Dordrecht 3000m Relay1  
    2012/2013 Sochi 3000m Relay1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1500m2  
    2008/2009 Beijing 1000m2  
    2010/2011 Montreal, QC 1500m2  
    2008/2009 Beijing 1500m2  
    2008/2009 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2008/2009 Vancouver 1000m2  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 1000m2  
    2015/2016 Toronto, ON 3000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 Turin 3000m Relay2  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 3000m Relay2  
    2006/2007 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay2  
    2010/2011 Changchun 3000m Relay2  
    2007/2008 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 Seoul 3000m Relay2  
    2013/2014 Shanghai 3000m Relay2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Classification 1000m3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 1000m3  
    2009/2010 Seoul 1500m3  
    2010/2011 Montreal, QC 1500m3  
    2007/2008 Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2007/2008 Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2010/2011 Changchun 1000m3  
    2010/2011 Shanghai 1500m3  
    2006/2007 Budapest 1000m3  
    2007/2008 Turin 1500m3  
    2007/2008 Harbin 1500m3  
    2008/2009 Sofia 1500m3  
    2013/2014 Turin 1500m3  
    2013/2014 Kolomna 1500m3  
    2012/2013 Dresden 3000m Relay3  
    2007/2008 World Cup Classification 1000m4  
    2008/2009 World Cup Classification 1000m5  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m5  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m6  
    2014/2015 Dresden 3000m Relay7  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1000m8  
    2012/2013 Dresden 1500m8  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m11  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1000m12  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m14  
    2014/2015 Erzurum 1500m16  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1500m21  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 1000m22  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m22  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1500m24  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m26  
    2006/2007 World Cup Classification 1500m26  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1000m34  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m51  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m61  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1500m68