杨杨 (Yáng Yáng) is one of China’s olympic miracles. One of the best speed skaters of all time, she is swimming in international titles, including several olympic medals and six consecutive world championship wins. Plus she’s likable!
Yáng Yáng regularly appears in Chinese media. Not least her name has sparked general public mirth: After Yáng Yáng joined China’s speed skating team, she soon got a new teammate named – guess what - Yáng Yáng! Although the names use different written characters, things got a little complicated, so the two have since been affectionately known to the public as Big Yáng Yáng and Little Yáng Yáng.
After amazing the world with her blinding speed, she quit skating, but continued pursuing her sports dreams: She’s the first Chinese athlete to sit on the International Olympic Committee, and right now she’s planning the 2022 Bĕijīng Winter Olympics for y’all, so get excited.
Only the best win BOTH gold medals AND plush chickens. Baidu Baike