Taiwan competing under the “compromised” name Chinese Taipei will be sending three athletes to Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The sports that Taiwan will be competing in will be Luge, Short Track Speed Skating, and Speed Skating.
Here are the athletes who will be competing for Team Taiwan (Chinese Taipei):
Lien Te-An 連德安 – is a Taiwanese luger who has competed since 2012.He competed in the first ever Youth Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, where he finished 20th out of 25th. He’s studying Sports Management at Tungnan University. He is coached by Ma Chih-Hung. He took up luge at age 14 during his second year of junior high school.
His aspirations for Sochi would be to enjoy the experience of competing at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and finish in the top 10 at the 2018 Games in Pyeonchang. Te-An’s hero is fellow countryman marathon runner, Tommy Chen.
Short Track Speed Skating:
Mackenzie Blackburn – Born in Canada, who’s mother is from Taiwan, has been representing Taiwan since 2008. Blackburn has also qualified to compete for Taiwan at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. By doing so he became the first athlete to qualify from Taiwan in short track speed skating. His mother Fay Lu has worked as short track coach.
Sung Ching-Yang 宋青陽 – is a Taiwanese inline speed skater and long track speed skater who specializes in the sprint distances. At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, Sung won two gold medals in roller sports, winning both the 300 meters time trial and the 500 meters sprint. In ice skating Sung participated in the 2013–14 ISU Speed Skating World Cup – Men’s 500 meters and 2013–14 ISU Speed Skating World Cup – Men’s 1000 meters and is expected to represent Chinese Taipei at the 2014 Winter Olympics in both events in Sochi. In December 2013 he won a bronze medal at the 1000 meters at the 2013 Winter Universiade speed skating.
Sungs personal bests on the 500 and 1000 meters in long track speed skating are also national records for Taiwan. He goes to Taiwan Guoli University in Taipei and is coached by Dai Yongsong. He began inline skating at age three, and switched to speed skating at age 11. His hero would be fellow countryman Wang Jianmin who plays baseball.