Wang Bingyu

Wang Bingyu (Chinese: 王冰玉; pinyin: Wáng Bīngyù; Mandarin pronunciation: [wǎŋ píŋ ŷ]; born October 7, 1984 in Harbin, Heilongjiang;[1] usually referred to in the media as Bingyu "Betty" Wang) is a Chinese curler. In 2009, she became the first non Northern American or European skip to win a World Championship.

Wang Bingyu
王冰玉
Born (1984-10-07) October 7, 1984
Team
Curling clubHarbin CC,
Harbin, Heilongjiang
SkipWang Bingyu
ThirdZhou Yan
SecondLiu Jinli
LeadMa Jingyi
AlternateJiang Xindi
Career
World Championship
appearances
10 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017)
Pacific-Asia Championship
appearances
11 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016)
Olympic
appearances
3 (2010, 2014, 2018)
Grand Slam victories1 (Autumn Gold: 2010)

Curling career

2001-2008

Wang began curling in 2001. By 2004, she played in her first international event- skipping the Chinese team at the World Junior B Curling Championships. She skipped China at the 2004 Pacific Curling Championships, earning a silver medal.

In 2005, she won gold at the Pacific Junior Curling Championships, but finished in 9th place at that year's World Junior Curling Championships. At her first World Curling Championships later that year, she skipped China to a 7th-place finish with a 4–7 record. At the 2005 Pacific Curling Championships, she earned another silver medal.

In 2006, she won another gold medal at the Pacific Junior Championships, but the team did not play at the World Juniors that year; instead another Chinese team did. At the 2006 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, Wang improved her team's record to 6–5, good enough for 5th place. At the 2006 Pacific Curling Championships, Wang won her first gold medal. At this point, Wang moved from throwing last rocks to throwing third rocks, but still skipping the team. In April 2006 Wang won the Pacific International Cup.

In 2007, Wang won a disappointing bronze medal at the Asian Winter Games. At the 2007 World Women's Curling Championship, she failed to improve on the previous year, finishing with a 5–6 record in 7th place. However, she won her second gold medal at the 2007 Pacific Curling Championships.

The 2007–08 season was a dream season for the Chinese team, as they had a successful stint on the Women's World Curling Tour. They surprised many by winning their first event of the season, the 2007 Boston Pizza Shoot-Out. Their win-loss record on the tour was a respectable 20–16.

It 2008 her team easily won the gold at the 2008 National Winter Games of China.

At the 2008 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, Wang and the Chinese team surprised many by finishing the round robin in first place with a 9–2 record, including a win against the host Canadian team, skipped by Jennifer Jones. They beat the Canadians once again in the 1–2 playoff game, but they were not able to make it three in a row against the Canadians, as they lost in the final. The team won the silver medal, the first ever medal for Chinese team and Pacific team at the World Curling Championships for either gender.

2009-2014

On February 27, 2009, Wang and her teammates won the gold at the 2009 FISU University Winter Games in Harbin, the city where she was born.

In March 2009, Wang became World Champion at the 2009 Mount Titlis World Women's Curling Championship finishing the round robin stage with a 10–1 record and beating Sweden in the final. That title is the first ever World Champions title for China in curling.

Later that year, Wang and her team also became the first non-Canadian team to reach a Grand Slam final, when they lost to Jennifer Jones at the 2009 Trail Appliances Curling Classic.

In February 2010, Wang and her team entered the 2010 Winter Olympics as the defending world champions. Wang skipped her team to a 6–3 record in round robin play, earning a spot in the medal round. After losing to Sweden in the semifinals, China defeated Switzerland to win the bronze medal. The bronze medal was the first Olympic medal for China in curling and the first team medal for China in Winter Olympic history.[2]

In March 2010 at the 2010 Ford World Women's Curling Championship in Swift Current, Wang and her team missed the playoffs with a 6–5 record in the Round Robin stage.

On October 11, 2010, Wang and her team became the first non-Canadian team to win Grand Slam final, beating Desiree Owen at the 2010 Curlers Corner Autumn Gold Curling Classic.

Wang won a bronze medal at the 2011 Capital One World Women's Curling Championship, which would be her last podium appearance at the World Championships. Poor performances at the 2012 (11th) and 2013 (9th) World Championships failed to automatically qualify China for the 2014 Winter Olympics. However, Wang led the Chinese team to win the Olympic qualifying tournament, earning them an entry at the Olympics. At the Games, she led China to 7th-place finish with a 4-5 record.

She announced her retirement from competitive curling on November 22, 2018.[3]

Personal life

Wang is married to Wang Guanshi.

Teammates

Event Skip 3rd 2nd Lead Alternate Result
2018 OGWang BingyuZhou YanLiu JinliMa JingyiJiang Xindi
2017 WCCWang BingyuWang RuiLiu JinliZhou YanYang Ying11th (2-9)
2014 OGWang BingyuLiu YinYue QingshuangZhou YanLiu Jinli7th (4-5)
2013 WCCWang BingyuLiu YinYue QingshuangZhou YanLiu Jinli9th (4-7)
2012 WCCWang BingyuYue QingshuangLiu YinZhou YanSun Yue11th (3-7)
2011 WCCWang BingyuLiu YinYue QingshuangZhou YanYu Xinna3rd (9-5)
2010 WCCWang BingyuLiu YinYue QingshuangZhou YanZhang Xindi7th (6-5)
2010 OGWang BingyuLiu YinYue QingshuangZhou YanLiu Jinli3rd (6–3)
2009 WCCWang BingyuLiu YinYue QingshuangZhou YanLiu Jinli1st (10–1)
2008 WCCWang BingyuLiu YinYue QingshuangZhou YanLiu Jinli2nd (9–2)
2007 WCCWang Bingyu(3rd)Yue Qingshuang(4th)Liu YinZhou YanSun Yue7th (5–6)
2006 WCCWang BingyuYue QingshuangLiu YinZhou YanSun YueT-5th (6–5)
2005 WCCWang BingyuYue QingshuangLiu YinZhou YanYu XinnaT-7th (4–7)

Grand Slam record

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18
Tour Challenge N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP Q
Masters N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP Q DNP DNP DNP DNP
The National N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP Q
Canadian Open N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP Q DNP
Players' DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP Q DNP
Champions Cup N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP Q DNP

Former Events

Event 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14
Sobeys Slam N/A DNP QF N/A DNP N/A N/A N/A
Autumn Gold Q Q Q F C DNP Q F
Manitoba Lotteries DNP DNP DNP DNP Q DNP DNP Q
Colonial Square N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A DNP DNP

References

  • Wang Bingyu on the World Curling Federation database
  • Bingyu Wang on the World Curling Tour database
  • Bingyu Wang on the CurlingZone database
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Wang Bingyu". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  • Olympic profile
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