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"The eight years witnessed a great leap in economic development and social progress. The great change impressed a lot of IOC members. I believed we really had a shot this time," Wei Jizhong, a then top Chinese Olympic official, recalled in his book My Sports Career.

"The Olympic Movement would not amount to anything without China," said the then IOC president Juan Samaranch, who announced the decision that the IOC opted Beijing

Yang Yang, who grew up to be the leading athlete of short track speed skating then, was on a train when Beijing won the bid. "The whole train erupted into a sea of happiness."

At the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, the Chinese delegation once again fought for their first gold medal in winter sports. However in the women's 1,500m, an event Yang Yang had not lost in five years, she only finished fourth and missed the podium.

The legendary volleyball coach Yuan Weimin, who was the head of the Chinese delegation then, had a deep conversation with the frustrated Yang after the loss, which remained fresh in her mind.

"They didn't blame me at all. I was out of control and cried a lot. I cut my hair and changed my lucky vest to tell myself I have nothing that can't lose," Yang said.

Yang eventually won the women's 500m event one day after the conversation. Her victory at the 2002 Winter Olympics made her China's first-ever Winter Olympics gold medalist.

Four months after Yang's triumph in the United states, the 22-year-old Yao Ming was selected as the first overall pick by the Huston Rockets. After nine seasons in the NBA, he became not only an icon of the Chinese youth, but also the ambassador of Sino-U.S. cultural exchanges.

"I want to thank this great and progressive era, which gives me the opportunity to realize my own values and dreams," Yao said in his retirement announcement in 2011.

In addition to Yao, Liu Xiang became the first Chinese man to win an Olympic track and field gold when he stormed to the 110 hurdles victory in Athens 2004.

Chinese sports started to have its own world superstars, with "the first Asian Grand Slam singles champion" Li Na and "the king of freestyle swimming" Sun Yang also on the list.

From 1949 to 2018, Chinese athletes had won 3,454 world major titles and had broken or equalled world records for 1,332 times.

China stunned the world with the progress it has made in grooming athletic talents since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Aiming for a "modern sports power"

On Aug. 8, 2008, when the 29 golden giant footprints traversed along the axis of Beijing from Tian'anmen Square to the "Bird's Nest" to unveil the opening ceremony of 2008 Beijing Olympics, China made its landmark in the history of the Olympic movement.

"The Beijing Olympic Games are truly exceptional Games," Jacques Rogge, the former IOC president, noted at the closing ceremony.

The successful Summer Olympics left China with abundant legacies such as modern sporting facilities, improved urban infrastructure and greater environmental awareness.

In 2009, China's State Council named Aug. 8 as the National Fitness Day, calling on Chinese people to participate in sports activities.

According to the "Outline to Building a Leading Sports Nation" issued by the State Council in early September this year, 45 percent of the population in China are expected to get involved in regular exercise by 2035, up from 33.9 percent in 2018.

During the last ten years, Chinese government has implemented a series of policies, aiming to build China into a "modern sports power" by 2050, which is recognized as an integral part of realizing the Chinese dream of rejuvenating the nation.

In order to stimulate the relative backward winter sports, Beijing formally announced its bid to the IOC as a candidate city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in November, 2013.

Yang Yang, who was retired in 2006 and elected as the IOC member in 2010, played an important role in Beijing's bid committee.

"I was sweating a lot and felt uncomfortable," Yang said, recalling her inspection trip with the IOC group at Beijing in March, 2015, "after all the work finished, I went to the hospital and confirmed pregnancy."

When the IOC awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing as China's capital became the first city ever to host both summer and winter Olympics On July 31, 2015, Yang, who was six months pregnant, bursted into tears.

With less than three years ahead of the 2022 Olympics, Beijing now is taking steps to comply with Olympic Agenda 2020 by putting on a Games that is "green, inclusive, open and clean" to honor China's commitment to host a "fantastic, extraordinary and excellent" Games.

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