“I’m feeling really good right now”

Jing Yu
Jing Yu

Chinese para ice hockey player Jing Yu had a special International Women’s Day that she will never forget. Yu, 38, made her Paralympic debut in China’s 6-0 win over Italy on the final day of the preliminary round of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Tuesday, while the forward posted a 5:19 aggregate time on the ice.

“I’m feeling really good right now” Yu said during a post-game interaction with paralympic.org. “I was able to play against Italy on that special day. It also makes me feel meaningful. This is a perfect day for me.”

After missing the opening two games against Slovakia and the Czech Republic, Yu finally got a chance to show off her skills on home soil at the National Indoor Stadium.

“I played [wheelchair] before basketball and then a friend introduced me to para ice hockey. At first I had no idea about the sport but when I tried it for the first time I was really excited. That’s why I kept playing it‘ she said while discussing her para-hockey beginnings.

“I am the representative of the players in this team”

Jing Yu
Jing Yu

Although Jing Yu is the only female player at the Games, she is not the only para ice hockey representative in China.

She added: “There are many girls in China who want to join the sport and there are already many who play it. I am the representative of these players on this team. I had the chance to play for the national team and stand on this stage to show the world the power of Chinese women.”

“They treat me like their little sister” Said Yu with a big smile on her face. “They take care of me and protect me on a daily basis. I feel like a giant panda that everyone cares about.”

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