While picking a favorite from the deep and talented pool of Chinese aerialists may seem a moot point when one glances at a list of the different athletes who have won recent World Cup events for the team, over the last several seasons Jia Zongyang has emerged as the strongest of a strong bunch. Zongyang made his World Cup debut on home soil at Adventure Mountain, China, in 2008. Exactly one year later, also on home soil, he claimed both his first podium and his first victory, in Changchun. Since then, Zongyang has shown remarkable consistency, placing outside of the top-10 in only six out of 24 career World Cup starts, while also scoring 11 podiums in that time - nine of which were victories. It's the type of consistency that resulted in Jia Zongyang taking the 2012-2013 aerials Crystal Globe after a runner-up performance in 2011-2012, as well as rewarding him with a bronze-medal performance at the 2013 FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Voss, Norway. Zongyang's worst performance of the 2012-13 season came under difficult conditions at the Olympic test event in Sochi, where he placed 11th. While competition from both outside and inside of the Chinese team will be strong (Zongyang's teammate Qi Guangpu won in Sochi as well as at the Voss World Championships), Jia Zongyang will no doubt be looking for redemption when he returns to Sochi for the 2014 Olympics.
- 2013 World Cup, Beijing, China - 3rd
- 2013 World Cup, Beida Lake, China - 3rd
- 2013 World Ski Championships, Voss, Norway - 3rd
- 2013 World Cup, Sochi, Russia - 11th
- 2013 World Cup, Lake Placid, N.Y. - 1st
- 2012 Europa Cup, Sochi, Russia - 2nd
- 2012 World Cup, Beida Lake, China - 2nd
- 2012 World Cup, Deer Valley, Utah - 1st
- 2010 Winter Olympics - 6th
Things To Know:
1. Zongyang's hometown of Fushun is also home to four-time Olympic gold medalist table tennis player Wang Nan.
2. Favorite aerialist is 1998 Olympic gold medalist Eric Bergoust of the U.S.
3. Hobbies include computer games, watching Chinese television programs and surfing the Internet.