Variety show explores Olympic dreams and Chinese sports culture

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Even though the curtain fell on the extraordinary Winter Olympics in Beijing a few days ago, winter sports and elements of Chinese culture are still widely considered and discussed as part of the Games’ legacy in China. The same goes for TV shows, as many focus on stories related to the Games.

The latest episode of the variety show Snowy day, which aired on Beijing TV and Chinese streaming site Youku on Saturday, explored the true story of how a young man, Zhang Jiahao, grew from a baker to a professional snowboarder. Nicknamed “the man with the dream of the Winter Games”, Zhang embarked on an adventure that led him into the ranks of professional athletes. As one of thousands of young people who pursue their dreams with all their might, Zhang shared her story and plans with the show’s guest stars, including Yang Di, Wang Ou and Yang Yunqing.

The show caught viewers’ attention on social media platforms like Sina Weibo as well as Chinese media review site Douban.

“It’s not just a variety show, but a show full of knowledge that reveals the charm of traditional Chinese culture to us,” wrote a review of the show on the site, noting that past episodes have explored elements cultural events at the Beijing Winter Festival. Games such as cut paper and clay figures.

The art of making clay figurines caught the eye of netizens during the Games after a short video went viral in February of Prince Albert II of Monaco requesting two clay figurines of Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen for his twin children. Lang Jiaziyu, the stall owner, recalled the moment of the show and explained that he hoped to share this traditional Chinese craft with people around the world.

One of the most popular Beijing Winter Games themed shows, Snowy day follows popular stars Xie Nan, Yang Di, Zhu Zhengting and Yang Yunqing, affectionately known as the Snow Family, as they explore behind-the-scenes stories about Beijing’s centuries-old ice and snow traditions as well as the excitement Chinese for winter sports.

Stories of parents supporting their children’s participation in winter sports, how skier Guo Dandan became China’s first world champion, and figure skating musical The Butterfly Lovers helped bridge the gap between everyday people. and winter sports.


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