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Yanshan University Successfully Completes its Performance Task of Closing Ceremony of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

25 Feb , 2022

On the evening of February 20, the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, which attracted worldwide attention, came to a successful conclusion at the Beijing National Stadium (Bird's Nest). 225 actors from Yanshan University (YSU) successfully completed the performance task of the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics with their superb performance.

The cast members of YSU and the chief director Zhang Yimou take a group photo at the Bird's Nest

At the opening of the closing ceremony, 225 YSU young dancers dressed in colorful clothes moved their hands with the brisk rhythm to welcome President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China and President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee.

Site of the closing ceremony

Familiar figures shuttled through the huge Chinese knot. YSU dancers dressed in colorful clothes formed a wall of joy, they waved to each athlete and danced with the rhythm, conveying to the athletes the idea of unity and creating the future together.

Site of the closing ceremony

During the entry of the flags and athletes of various delegations, the actors cordially interacted with the athletes from all over the world and shared their joy.

Site of the closing ceremony

At the end of the session, the Olympic flame was slowly extinguished in the singing, and the white snowflakes gradually emitted golden light. The dancers dressed in colorful clothes danced until the end, and sparkling seeds sprouted in their hearts. The actors from YSU won everyone's affirmation with their enthusiastic smiles and youthful figures, and presented a wonderful audio-visual feast to the world.

Site of the closing ceremony

YSU has the largest number of actors participating in the closing ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics. We should shoulder the heavy responsibility and finish the mission. More than 1,000 teachers and students of YSU responded positively and signed up enthusiastically. After three rounds of strict selection, a cast and crew team consisting of 225 actors and 8 leading teachers was finally established, and the training was officially started on November 26. All the actors strictly obeyed the schedule of the director team and completed the 54-day training in Qinhuangdao with high quality.

YSU leaders visit the actors

On December 22, 2021, Zhao Xianfeng, Secretary of the CPC YSU Committee, Zhao Dingxuan, President of YSU, and Huang Sheng, Deputy Secretary of the CPC YSU Committee, visited the actors at the closing ceremony, watched the training results performance and had in-depth exchanges with the director team. In his speech at the scene, Zhao Xianfeng encouraged all the cast members to carry forward the gene of struggle, craftsmanship, excellent quality and feelings of family and country of YSU staff and students, and successfully complete this glorious and arduous task with the fine style of continuous combat, being not afraid of hardship and fatigue. He hoped that all the students would bring the spirit of unity and hard work formed in the training and performance to their study and work, and continue to achieve excellent results, urged everyone to take care of their bodies, pay attention to cold protection, and avoid injury, and looked forward to everyone's triumph.

On January 19, Qinhuangdao held the swearing-in meeting and expedition ceremony of the performance service team, and the cast and crew embarked on a journey to Beijing for closed training. The actors gave up vacations and reunited during the Spring Festival. They were not afraid of severe cold and hard work. They overcame cold weather, exam pressure and injuries, and dedicated themselves with youthful blood. The training lasted 86 days. From the team training at the beginning to the collective practice at a certain scale, to the rehearsal of all elements, to the perfect presentation at the closing ceremony, the youthful demeanor of YSU students has been shown on the world stage.

Swearing-in meeting and expedition ceremony of Qinhuangdao performance service team

In order to successfully complete the performance task of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics, YSU has started related work since the end of September last year, and set up a special work team consisting of 46 staffs to provide various service guarantees. The 8 leading teachers who went to Beijing followed the training throughout the whole process, ate and lived with the students, overcame difficulties and met challenges together, which exemplified the spirit and character of YSU teachers and students who take the responsibility of the times and have the courage to struggle in the new era.

Group photo of 8 leading teachers at the closing ceremony

(The above photos were taken by Pang Yiqing, from the Communist Youth League Committee and News Center of YSU)

In front of the glory of the family and country, YSU has never been absent. It is an honor of YSU to participate in the "Double Olympic City" event at the Beijing National Stadium, which will inspire all teachers and students to continue to carry forward the genes of struggle, craftsmanship, excellent quality and feelings of home and country, integrate the individuals into the country and the people, and continue to contribute in building a great China.