Skating into the record books
BY wangxingwei from 21st Century
Published 2018-11-28
Chinese skater Wu Dajing has won the gold medal in the men’s 500m final at the 2018 Short Track World Cup. XINHUA

Earlier this year, he became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic short track gold medal.

And on Nov 11, Wu Dajing, 24, set a new world record. It took him just 39.505 seconds to finish the men’s 500-meter race at the 2018 Short Track World Cup, which took place in Salt Lake City, US. There Wu broke his own previous record of 39.584 seconds, which he set at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.

Shaoang Liu, the Hungarian short track speed skater who competed against Wu at the World Cup, was left shaking his head in disbelief after the race.

“It’s pretty great to have been in a world record race,” Liu told the International Skating Union’s official website. “The rest of us are all on a certain level but Wu Dajing is just, like, ‘up here’.”

Indeed, Wu is untouchable in the 500-meter race. Every time he skates he leaves his competitors behind within seconds.

The fastest skater in the world, Wu has often been compared to Usain Bolt, the fastest runner on Earth, not only for dominating his sport, “but also for his unusual height (182 cm, tall for a short tracker) and the likelihood that he will be a star at an Olympics in China”, as NBC Sports explained.

Wu’s success comes from his self-discipline. He started to skate at the age of 10. He got up at 4 am every day to practice. On the reality show Back to Field, Wu said he never eats meat or has carbonated drinks, even though he loves cola very much. Only once has Wu broken his self-made rule – just after his win at the Winter Olympics.
武大靖的成功源于他的自律。他10岁开始滑冰,每天早上4点便起床训练。在真人秀节目《向往的生活》中,武大靖表示,尽管自己很喜欢可乐,但他从不吃肉或者喝碳酸饮料。只有一次,他打破了自己立下的规矩 —— 就在冬奥会夺冠之后。

(Translator & Editor: Wang Xingwei AND Luo Sitian)
Short track  短道速滑
Disbelief  不相信
Dominating  占据绝对优势
Self-discipline  自律
Carbonated  碳酸的