SZ: China's cradle for women's ice hockey
The Chinese team returned to the Winter Olympics for the first time in 12 years, and made it back to Division I Group A at the World Championships with an unbeaten run in Group B during an 11-year period. Behind these achievements are the five years of persistent dedicated effort by the Shenzhen-based Kunlun Red Star (KRS) hockey club.KRS is China's first professional hockey club, which was founded in Longgang District in 2017 to nurture female players to represent China at the Beijing Winter Olympics. Early this year, it sent 16 players to the national team.
Ao Meng Ao Meng

Chairwoman of Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star (KRS) ice hockey club

We visited many city candidates but Shenzhen was the best choice, as the local government offers preferential policies and the city has a young population that would like to experience niche sports like ice hockey.

Liu Zhixin Liu Zhixin

A defender of Kunlun Red Star Vanke Rays Shenzhen

When I came to Shenzhen, everything was perfect, including the weather, the ice hockey stadium, the food and the accommodations. Now, I can play games abroad, earning salaries and bonuses.

Zhu Rui Zhu Rui

Forward of Kunlun Red Star Vanke Rays Shenzhen

The Winter Olympics must be the most sought-after game for all the athletes. I was very excited from the beginning, looking forward to participated in the Games. Although the result was not perfect, it was just something that an athlete must experience.

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