Winter Games Athletes
With short track legend Wang Meng likely out due to a broken ankle, Fan may have to fill those sizable skates at her first Olympics. She becomes arguably one of the favorites in the 500 meters after her teammate's injury. Fan finished second in the 2013-14 World Cup standings in that event behind Wang. She and Wang were also the only skaters to finish first in the 500 on the circuit. Fan was third in the 500 standings in 2012-13 behind two Chinese teammates and won two world titles in the event from 2011-12. She was third in the 500 at the 2013 world championships and collected her other three world gold medals as a member of 3,000 relay teams. One of those first-place finishes came in this latest edition of the annual competition. Fan has earned 14 of her 18 World Cup gold medals as part of the 3,000 relay and the other four in the 500. She has won a total of 36 medals in her four seasons on that circuit.