Meet the mixed Asian athletes competing at the Beijing Winter Olympics

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Short Track Speed Skating

Shaolin Sandor Liu – Hungarian & Chinese

Representing Hungary in Short Track Speed Skating are brothers Shaolin Sandor and Shaoang Liu. Their father is Chinese and mother is Hungarian, they met in an accounting firm in Hungary. They have been competing together in the same relay team since 2015, winning seven championships together.

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Shaolin Sandor is three years older than his brother. His fondest memory was winning gold in the 5000m at the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games alongside his brother.

Shaoang Liu – Hungarian & Chinese

Shaoang has ambitions to repeat the relay win at PyeongChang in Beijing. In 2006, Shaoang and Shaolin went to China for a year-and-a-half to train with the Chinese team. Shaoang looks back at this experience with fond memories. “When we came back we won all the small competitions in Europe…we improved so much in one year.”

Shaoang is grateful for his mixed ethnicity and experiences that have come from being mixed. In an interview with Hungarian media Shaoang said: “The physical basics come from our Hungarian blood, and the technical part of speed skating comes from the Chinese. We are where the ancient Hungarian strength and ancient Chinese technique meet.”


Nicholas Timmings – Australian and Japanese

Nicholas is an Australian Skeleton athlete born in Perth Australia. He is half Japanese and half Australian and has a twin brother called Dean. Dean had competed in two World Championships but will not compete this Winter Games. The men’s skeleton event will take place on 10 and 11 February.

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Hailey Langland – American & Filipino

The 21-year-old born in California, USA will compete in her second Olympic Winter Games. She was only 16-years-old when she made her X Games debut in 2016. Hailey made history at the 2017 X Games Big Air event as the first woman to land a ‘cab 1080 double cork’. Hailey’s mother Michelle is Filipino-American and her father Geoff is American.

Speed Skating

Kai Verbij – Dutch & Japanese

The last of our mixed Asian athletes competing at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics is Kai Verbij nicknamed the Assassin. He was born in 1994 in Leiderdorp, Netherlands to Dutch father and Japanese mother. Having previously won gold in European Championships, World Single Distance Championships and World Sprint Championship Kai’s ambition is to win gold this Games.

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