Wang Fengchun

Wang Fengchun (Chinese: 王奉春; pinyin: Wáng Fèngchūn; born February 2, 1982 in Harbin, Heilongjiang; usually referred to in the media as Fengchun Wang) is a Chinese curler. He is the skip of the national team.

Wang Fengchun
Born (1982-02-02) February 2, 1982 (age 40)
Team
Curling clubHarbin CC,
Harbin, CHN
SkipWang Fengchun
ThirdJiang Donxu
SecondYuan Mingjie
LeadCheng Kuo
AlternateLi Hongbo
Career
World Championship
appearances
2 (2008, 2009)
Pacific-Asia Championship
appearances
7 (2002, 2004, 2005,
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)

Wang was selected by the Chinese government to play the sport of curling. In China, the national team curls as their profession. By 2002, he played in his first international event- when he played third for Xu Xiaoming at the Pacific Curling Championships. The Chinese team finished fifth that year. He also played in the 2004 and 2005 Pacific Championships, finishing fourth both years before winning the bronze medal at the 2006 Pacific Championships.

In 2007, he played in his last tournament as third for Xu, when China won a bronze at the Asian Winter Games. He was promoted as skip after that. In November that year, China won the gold medal at the Pacific Curling Championships, qualifying the country for their first ever World Championships.

The 2007-08 season was a very successful season for the Chinese team, as they had a some success on the World Curling Tour. Their record at the end of the season was 16-18, and included wins against former World Champion Rick Folk and 1998 Olympic silver medallist Mike Harris.

At the 2008 World Men's Curling Championship, the Chinese team made the playoffs in their very first appearance, and among their round robin victories was a victory over Canada, skipped by World Curling Tour Champion, Kevin Martin.

Wang skipped his team to a 9th-place finish at the 2009 World Championship, highlighted with a round robin victory over the eventual champion Scotland, skipped by David Murdoch. With this result, China qualified for a spot at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[1]

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Wang and Liu Rui switched throwing positions in China's team lineup with Wang moving from fourth to third, and Liu moving from third to fourth. Wang remained skip while throwing third stones. After losing to Germany in their seventh match and dropping to a record of one win and six losses, Wang was replaced as skip by alternate Li Hongchen and did not play in China's last two games against the United States and Canada. China finished 8th, with a 2-7 record in round robin play.

Following his return to China after the completion of the Olympic Games, Wang was rebuked by Chinese curling officials for wearing a U.S. team cap at the Beijing Capital International Airport.[2]

TeamsEdit

Season Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Events
2002–03 Xu Xiaoming Wang Fengchun Zhu Yu Liu Rui Ma Yongjun 2002 PCC
2005–06 Xu Xiaoming Li Hongchen Wang Fengchun Liu Rui Ma Yongjun 2005 PCC
2007–08 Wang Fengchun Liu Rui Xu Xiaoming Zang Jialiang Li Dongyan 2008 WMCC
2008–09 Wang Fengchun Liu Rui Xu Xiaoming Zang Jialiang Chen Lu'an 2009 WMCC
2009–10 Liu Rui (fourth) Wang Fengchun (skip) Xu Xiaoming Zang Jialiang Li Hongchen 2010 Olympic Games

AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.worldcurlingfederation.com/_upload/downloads/19_OlympicPoints2010MenFinal.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "Sacked Chinese curler caps bad day with U.S. Headgear". Reuters. 9 March 2010.

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