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International luge chief amazed at Chinese sliders' progress******
BEIJING, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- International Luge Federation (FIL) president Einars Fogelis said on Thursday that Chinese luge sliders have made amazing progress from scratch with the possibility of achieving good results at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.。
Fogelis, who was elected as FIL President last November, arrived in Beijing on Monday for the Luge World Cup scheduled to take place from Friday to next Sunday on the Yanqing track.。
"I was surprised that you've really built a strong team, young with power. And I would say in our family we have one more strong nation," he told China's Winter Sports Management Center director Ni Huizhong in their meeting.。
"I am sure your athletes will show fine results in the upcoming Olympic Games," he added.。
Ni said he himself was also impressed by the progress the Chinese luge sliders have made.。
"In 2015 when Beijing won the bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, very few people in China had any idea about luge," he told Fogelis.。
"Now you should be delighted after seeing our sliders' performances after your arrival in Beijing," he said.。
Fogelis also heaped praise on Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic organizers.。
"We saw the excellent venue in Yanqing, and the excellent management," he said about the track which will be used for next year's winter Olympics.。
"It's an amazing venue, it's very great and a nice present for our sport," he said.。
"From the athletes' side, you provide all what's necessary for the athletes, for the training and for the officials in the highest level," the FIL chief said.。
"It's a nice track, the ice is high quality. It's challenging and very interesting," he added.。
FIL general secretary Dwight Bell echoed Fogelis' comments in the meeting with Ni.。
"I have to say it is an amazing construction. Not only the construction, but also the quality of the construction," he said.。
"You have the state of art facility now. You have committed tremendous resources to coaching and to development. It's impressive how fast you have developed a very competitive luge program," he told Ni. Enditem。
"The Battle at Lake Changjin" stays atop Chinese box office chart******
BEIJING, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Historical epic "The Battle at Lake Changjin" continued to top the Chinese mainland box office on Wednesday, figures released by the China Movie Data Information Network showed Thursday.
Co-directed by Chen Kaige, Hark Tsui, and Dante Lam, the film ended its seventh day of screening with almost 507.1 million yuan (about 78.2 million U.S. dollars), bringing its total earnings to over 3 billion yuan.
Set in the War to Resist U.S. Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-1953) and headlined by Wu Jing and Jackson Yee, the film tells the story of the Chinese People's Volunteers soldiers fighting bravely under freezing temperatures in a key campaign at Lake Changjin, or Chosin Reservoir.
Patriotic anthology "My Country, My Parents" ranked second with ticket sales of about 120.3 million yuan.
It was followed by the domestic children film "Little Canned Man", which generated 5.8 million yuan in box office earnings on Wednesday. Enditem