“Gone With The Torch?” Uyghur Skier Has Disappeared

Uyghur skier, 20, who became the face of China’s Winter Olympics and carried the Olympic torch ‘disappears’ after finishing 43rd in her Nordic combined debut

  • Dinigeer Yilamujiang finished 43rd in cross-country skiathon Olympic debut 

  • The 20-year-old is one of six athletes from Altay Prefecture in Northern Xinjiang 

  • After finishing, she vanished from spotlight and managed to escape journalists 

  • She lit flame in ‘China’s propaganda attempt to deflect guilty of genocide claims’

  • Western leaders boycott ceremony over China’s persecution of Uyghur Muslims 

An Uyghur athlete who became the face of China‘s Winter Games after lighting the Olympic flame at the Opening Ceremony has ‘disappeared’ from the spotlight.

Dinigeer Yilamujiang, 20, from the Altay Prefecture in Northern Xinjiang, finished 43rd in her cross-country skiathon Olympic debut on Saturday and has since vanished from the limelight.   

She quietly slipped away after the event alongside three other Chinese athletes through a ‘mixed zone’, which allows athletes to pass through without having to answer questions from the media. 

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