Haven’t Heard? Chinese Athletes to Arrive on Campus Friday Night


Deborah Ziff

Nine elite Chinese athletes and coaches will be greeted at the Dane County Regional airport Friday night in true UW-Madison fashion – by Bucky Badger and the UW Marching Band.

UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin, other university administrators and Chinese students will be there as well.

The athletes will spend the fall semester here as part of the UW-Madison Chinese Champions Program, a formal exchange with Beijing Sports University.

They are world-class competitors in track, speed skating, swimming, table tennis, skiing, curling and gymnastics. Among them is Luo Xuejuan, who earned a gold medal in the breaststroke in the 2004 summer Olympics in Athens.

During the semester, the athletes and coaches will take seminars in English as a second language and kinesiology and will have opportunities to work with various athletic groups.

People can submit ideas for tours, visits and appearances to welcome the group.

More on the athletes in the news here.