With the 2018 Winter Olympics underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, it’s hard to keep track of all the athletes to watch. If you’re rooting for the team representing Hong Kong, your job is a lot easier. That’s because there’s only one person: Arabella Ng. Yep, Arabella Ng is the lone representative of Hong Kong at the 2018 Olympics. At 16, she’s among the youngest athletes this year. And she’s competing in the Slalom and Giant Slalom events of Alpine Skiing.
Arabella Ng could make history at the 2018 Winter Olympics. And she already has one “first” under her belt as the first Hong Kong athlete to compete on snow. The only other Hong Kong representatives at any Winter Olympics — of which there were five — were short track speed skaters. Should Ng win a medal in PyeongChang, she will also be the first Hong Kong of China athlete to win an Olympic medal.
If you weren’t solely representing your country in a worldwide event at age 16, don’t worry. Athletes like Arabella Ng are the exception — and the reason why watching the Olympics is so much fun. And in case you’re confused as to why Arabella Ng is the only person competing from Hong Kong, we can explain. Hong Kong is a part of China — as of 1997 — but under a “one country, two systems” policy.
Ng has a funny story about how she found out she would compete in the 2018 Games.
Apparently, Ng found out that she qualified for the Olympics on December 25, 2017. Talk about a Merry Christmas. Even with the short notice, Ng prepared for the big event and proudly marched in the Opening Ceremony.
If there’s one thing to be sure of, it’s that Arabella Ng will be the best Hong Kong athlete at the 2018 Winter Olympics. At 16, that’s an exciting title to earn. Congratulations, Arabella!