Meet the mixed Asian athletes competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics

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Cross-Country Skiing

Karen Chanloung – Thai & Italian

In the first of four mixed Asian siblings competing together this Olympics, we have Karen and Mark Chanloung. Born in Italy to Thai father Boonchan and Italian mother Maria, Karen and Mark compete for Thailand.

The Chanloung family are a team unit as father Boonchan is the team manager while mother Maria is their physiotherapist.

Mark Chanloung – Thai & Italian

Mark is a year and four months older than his sister Karen. He will celebrate his 27th birthday on the 9 February, during the Games. They grew up in Gressoney-La-Trinitรฉ, a town in northern Italy. The siblings started their international career competing for Italy but changed to Thailand in November 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
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Mark is hoping to add to his Men’s 10km Cross-Country podium finish at Oberstdorf in 2021. Mark will be the first Thai skier to compete in the 2022 Games with Men’s 15km + 15km Skiathlon set on Sunday.

Figure Skating

Alysa Liu – American & Chinese

The youngest mixed Asian athlete to compete at Beijing 2002 in 16 year old Alysa Liu. Alysa is the youngest woman to land a triple Axel and quadruple Lutz (jump) in one program. She will represent America.

Alysa’s father Arthur left China after the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989 and is an attorney. He is a single dad to five children and all children were born to surrogate mothers through anonymous egg donors. Alysa is the oldest and her siblings Julie, Josh and Justin are triplets.

Madison Chock – American & Chinese-Hawaiian

Also representing the United States in Figure Skating this Games is Madison Chock. Born in Redondo Beach, California, Madison’s father is Chinese-Hawaiian and her mother is American of European descent.

Madison will compete in the Ice Dance and Team Event in Beijing with her partner Evan Bates. The couple have danced together since July 2011 and started dating soon after.

Freestyle Skiing

Eileen Gu – Chinese & American

Nicknamed the Snow Princess, Eileen Gu was born in San Francisco to a Chinese mother and American father. She decided to represent China in June 2019. Read more about Eileen and her decision in our article.

 
 
 
 
 
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Isabel Atkin – British & Malaysian

There are two mixed Asian athletes representing Britain in Beijing 2022 and they are sisters Isabel and Zoe Atkin. Their mother Winnie who is Malaysian and father Michael who is British met in Washington, America, while working for the World Bank.

Izzy the big sister competed in PyeongChang and won Bronze medal for Great Britain. Yet in December she broke her pelvis leaving her to withdraw from big air but plans to compete in slopestyle.

Zoe Atkin – British & Malaysian

The same as her sister, Zoe was born and raised in America. They both graduated from the Winter Sports School in Park City, Utah.

Zoe and Izzy Aktin both have American and British citizenship. But father Michael decided that it would be easier for Izzy to represent Britain. The American set up is too big for Isabel who is shy and reserved.

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