The Olympic torch relay began its second day on Thursday atop the Great Wall, with Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan and Chinese Olympic medalists among those taking turns carrying the flame along a route shortened to three days because of COVID-19.
The relay for the torch that will open the February 4-20 Winter Games is much more modest than the globe-spanning relay for Beijing’s 2008 Summer Games, a tour that was disrupted by protests.
Table tennis Olympic gold medalist Ma Long and Wu Jingyu, a two-time gold medalist in taekwondo, were among those carrying the red-and-silver spiral torch along the Badaling section of the Great Wall, where the Thursday morning temperature was a bracing -11 Celsius.
Chan, 67, a Hong Kong action and comedy film star known for his support of the Beijing government, was identified in the official press release by his Chinese name Chen Gangsheng.
Chan told reporters after his run along the wall; “I woke up at 4 a.m. This is my fourth Olympics. I’m very happy. I’m also cold!”.