Track and Field News reported today that New Westminster's Nina Schultz has applied for Chinese Citizenship. The 19 year sophomore at Kansas State University was the top multi-event athlete in Canada in 2017, breaking the Canadian Junior records both indoor and outdoors. Her mark of 6021 points is the top mark in the country for all age groups with the retirement of Brianne Theisen-Eaton, the Olympic and World Championship medalist.
Track and Filed News states "AN INTERESTING FAMILY TREE.
Nina Schultz's family tree is the stuff of great trivia questions. Kansas State's Canadian heptathlete competed in the javelin at China's National Games this fall, much to the joy of her grandmother, Fengrong Zheng.
Zheng, who was one of the Olympic flag bearers in Beijing in '08, was the first Chinese to break a World Record with her 1.77m high jump in '57. But she never got a chance to compete in the Olympics, something Schultz started training for at age 8.
Schultz told reporters--in fluent Chinese, "I came here not out of a sudden impulse, but because I wanted to fulfill my grandmother's dream of competing in the Olympics."
Here first coaches were her grandparents. Her grandfather, Qiyan Duan, won the high jump at the first National Games.
She is applying for Chinese Citizenship with the eye towards making the '20 Games."
Nina has the top mark of 2017 in the heptathlon in Canada with 6021 points which is also the National Junior record (U20). She set the indoor pentathlon Canadian U20 record with 4340 points last winter. Nina is currently ranked 4th on the World U20 multi-events list. In 2017, she would be ranked in the multi-events as the top U20 athlete and number 2 in the senior list in China. The heptathlon consists of 7 events over 2 days which include running, hurdling, jumping and throwing.
With her remarkable grandparent's contribution's to China's track and field history, it is easy to understand the attraction of representing that country in the next Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. This would be Canada's loss but China's gain.