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Expectations run high with Beijing 2022 set to unite the world

2021-11-24 09:57:01 Xinhua News Agency

Beijing is set to mark a historic achievement in February, when it will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

"The Olympics is big, and it's something that you shoot for, and you don't want to miss it," the 26-year-old American said. Schiffrin went further, explaining that the Beijing Winter Olympics "can actually bring hope to the world at a very difficult time."

Former U.S. short track speed skater Apolo Ohno concurred and urged athletes to focus on their sporting objectives.

"My passion for sport to go beyond the borders and the politicized beliefs is something that I hold dearly to my heart," said the eight-time Winter Olympic medalist.

"I just want to see the purity of sport again. We want to see and celebrate and cheer for our country's men and women who go and compete, regardless of where the Olympic Games are being held," he added.