The emblem (L) of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games and emblem of Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games are seen during the emblem launch ceremony for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Bejing, capital of China, Dec. 15, 2017. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)
The emblems of the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, respectively named "Winter Dream" and "Flying High," were unveiled here on Friday.
The emblem launching ceremony was held at the National Aquatic Center, dubbed the "Water Cube" which staged the swimming events during the Beijing 2008 Games. In 2022, this venue will be transformed into an ice rink for curling games.
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President Yu Zaiqing and athlete representatives were present to officially launch the emblem of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games under the name "Winter Dream."
Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Secretary of the Communist Party of China Beijing Municipal Committee and President of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee Cai Qi, and Paralympic athlete representatives followed by launching the emblem of the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games.
"The emblems of Beijing 2022 combine Chinese culture, an international, modern style and winter sports together. They vividly manifest China's national spirit, contemporary image and cultural charm, display the passion, youth and vitality of winter sports, convey the athlete's spirit of going beyond themselves and expresses the glorious anticipation of 1.3 billion Chinese people toward Beijing 2022," said Cai at the launch ceremony.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said via video that the Olympic emblem is a symbol of both "ambitions and dreams."
"Today, Beijing is taking another important step on its way to make history - to make history as the first city in the world to host both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games," he said.
Bach continued: "The unveiling of the official emblem for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 is a milestone on this exciting journey for China and the entire Olympic family. The emblem is a symbol of ambitions and dreams. It will build the excitement and anticipation in China and around the whole world for our shared goal of outstanding Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022."
"With the emblem, there will be a common image for people throughout the globe to connect with. It stands for the vision of Beijing 2022, showcasing the best of China to the world, a unique blend of modern and ancient traditions. And of course, bringing the joy of winter sports to a new generation in China and beyond," he added.
International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons also expressed his well-wishes in a video. "It is an emblem that encapsulates the Paralympic spirit, but also Chinese culture.
"I am very excited about the Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing 2022. At Beijing 2008, we shaped the way that we organize and we deliver the Paralympic Summer Games and I am sure that Beijing 2022 will do the same for the Paralympic Winter Games."
With its origin in the Chinese character "dong" (winter), the Olympic emblem integrates the spirit of Chinese calligraphy and eastern cultural heritage with a modern, global style. Through an artistic rendering, it represents a new image of and dream for China. It also expresses China's vision and determination to host "a fantastic, extraordinary and excellent" Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and to encourage 300 million people in the country to participate in winter sports.