Brazilian flag bearer Moran: It’s great to witness history!

2022-06-24 0 By

Moran: It’s great to be a part of history!Athletes from 91 countries and regions gathered at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympic Games.Brazilian flag-bearer Jacqueline Moran, 46, was a special one — she attended the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 14 years later witnessed the historic transformation of Beijing into a “double Olympic City”.”It feels great to be back here and be a part of history!”Recollecting the past, said Moran passionately.The Olympic Games and the Winter Olympics set up completely different events, why Beijing Olympic Games and Beijing Winter Olympics have Moran figure?This is because she is a “cross-season” athlete.Moran began mountain biking training at the age of 15 and went on to become a professional mountain biker, competing in the 2004, 2008 and 2020 Olympics.Moran took up skiing in 2005. She competed in cross-country skiing at the 2006, 2010 and 2018 Winter Olympics and competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 Winter Olympics.Moran, who is making her eighth Olympic trip, will compete in women’s cross-country skiing.How did Moran become a “cross-season” contestant?It starts with a romantic story.While Canada was qualifying for mountain biking at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Moran met cross-country skier Guido Visser by chance, and the two instantly fell in love.Moran married Visser after the Athens Olympics and they have a lovely son and daughter.One day in 2005, Moran was caught in a snowstorm during a bike training session that had to be aborted.Ms. Moran had nothing to do, so her husband sold her on cross-country skiing, and she fell in love with it.Mother’s support also plays an important role.Moran, a former asthmatic, took up mountain biking because it was an outdoor endurance sport that helped her.Her mother believes that cross-country skiing is similar to mountain biking in this respect, so she strongly supports her “cross-season”.With the support of his family, Moran came up with a bold idea — to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.With her husband’s guidance and hard work, Moran qualified for the Turin Olympics after just four months of skiing practice.Over the past four Winter Olympics, Moran’s record in cross-country skiing has been mediocre.This winter Olympics, she has set her goal to perform at the best level in the competition.But that didn’t stop her from writing her own legend: the first Brazilian athlete to participate in both the Olympics and the Winter Games, the most Brazilian Athlete to participate in the Olympics, the flag-bearer of the Brazilian sports delegation three times in the opening and closing ceremonies…Moran set one record after another.Moran had planned to retire after the Tokyo Olympics, but after the games were postponed for a year because of the pandemic, she kept training for another year.By then, with the Beijing Olympics looming, Moran had postponed his retirement and the saga continued.In January, Moran announced her qualification for the Beijing Olympics. “How exciting it is to be able to participate in the Beijing Olympics and write my name into Brazilian history again!I am very happy and excited to represent Brazil in the Olympics for the eighth time.””She wrote on social media.Making it to the Olympics eight times is a remarkable achievement, and Moran believes the most important thing is to dream. “If you always dream, you will have a wonderful life.”She said.The experience of participating in the Beijing Olympics 14 years ago left a deep memory for Moran. “I rode my bike around the streets of Beijing and climbed the Great Wall,” he said.”The weather is good, the village is beautiful, and China is ready to host an amazing Winter Olympics. It feels good to be back!”(Dazhong Daily client reporter Wang Jian report)