Xinhua News Agency, Washington, October 23 (Reporter Wang Jimin) The first stop of this season's figure skating Grand Prix in the United States will start on the 23rd. Due to the epidemic, many figure skating competitions this season have to be cancelled and can participate in the US Grand Prix All of the players expressed that they would cherish the few competition opportunities.
American women's singles skater Bell said that it is regrettable that many competitions have been cancelled, but he also believes that good health is more important than sports events. She said: "The epidemic has posed a very big challenge to everyone. This year's figure skating World Championship was cancelled before the start of the war. We all regret that all athletes have been preparing for this for a long time. Our training also followed. Because of the sharp reduction due to the epidemic, everyone is facing the problem of maintaining state, but everyone also understands that the challenge of the epidemic in this world is far more important than a figure skating competition. We are athletes, but we also have the responsibility to ensure our own personal safety. And the safety of people around."
In the men's singles, Chinese American players Chen Wei and Zhou Zhifang will lead the battle. Zhou Zhifang said frankly that the epidemic will indeed affect the preparation of athletes in all aspects, and can only seize the few opportunities for competition to maintain their state.
He said: "I was unable to conduct ice training for about two months in my area. Due to various reasons such as epidemic control, the'home order' in my area was lifted earlier than many places in the United States, but the impact was also very large. The problem everyone faces is the same, that is, how to maintain physical, mental, and game feelings in the absence of training and competition."
"Now because of the epidemic, many games cannot be held. This is understandable. For us athletes, it is to seize the few game opportunities. Maybe the lineup of players participating will shrink, but this does not affect our competition, how to prepare, How to implement the game plan and other aspects require us to maintain the same concentration as before." Zhou Zhifang added.
Affected by the new crown epidemic, the 2020 World Figure Skating Championships, originally scheduled to be held in Montreal, Canada in March this year, was announced to be cancelled 4 days before the opening. The new season, including the Grand Prix of Figure Skating in Beijing, has also been cancelled. Announced the cancellation. The 2021 World Figure Skating Championships are currently scheduled to be held in Stockholm, Sweden in March next year, but due to the impact of the new crown epidemic, it is difficult to predict whether it will be held as scheduled.
The US Grand Prix will be held from the 23rd to the 25th in Las Vegas.