Arabella Ng, Hong Kong’s Sole Competitor at the Winter Olympics

She is not only the single representative of Hong Kong at this year Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but also one of the youngest competitors, with only 16 years.

Arabella is the first Hong Kong athlete to ever classify in the events of Alpine skiing, she will be competing in both slalom and giant slalom events in the next few days. This young athlete was born in Hong Kong, but she moved to Whistler, British Columbia in Canada at a very young age, at which, she picked up skiing in the Whistler Mountain.

The athlete has participated in highly qualified competitions. She was ranked 13th in the women’s giant slalom and 28th in slalom in Sun Peaks, British Columbia in 2017 in her first International Ski Federation competition.

The Ng family has a long history with Olypmpics. Fenella Ng, Arabella’s aunt, competed at the 1984 Los Angeles games, in 1988 in Seoul and in 2000 at the Sydney Olympics, and she is now a retired swimmer and rower. Also, Michael, Arabella’s uncle and Fenella’s husband, competed as a rower at the 1996 Atlanta games. Her family is no stranger to Olympic sports and they are said to be supporting her during this competition.

She was scheduled to debut in the giant slalom event today, but due to strong winds, she will be racing on Thursday at 8:30 am at the Yongpyong Alpine Centre. Her first event will now be on Wednesday, at the women’s slalom. If Ng wins a medal in South Korea, she will be the first Hong Kong athlete to win a Winter Olympics medal.

What is slalom and giant slalom?

These are two alpine skiing variations that involve skiing between sets of poles, the only difference between the two is that in giant slalom, the distance between the poles is greater. In slalom, the turns are shorter and quicker, in general, more fast-paced.

The biggest competitions for such sport are the International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Ski Championships and the Winter Olympics Games.

(Photo: Martin Bureau/AFP.)

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