On January 31, Beijing time, the 7th Asian Winter Games began its first day of competition in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan. On the newly established orienteering cross-country skiing field, Chinese contestant Liu Xiaoting played well and won the women's short distance silver medal, which was the first medal of the Chinese delegation at the Asian Winter Games. Novikova Olga of Kazakhstan won the championship at 13:04.7, helping the host host host win the first gold medal of the competition.
Kazakhstan has great strength in orienteering competition, which is also a new item of this competition. The competition started at 10:00 local time, and the women's short distance race took the lead. Only Liu Xiaoting participated in the Chinese team. Kazakhstan sent Novikova Olga and KUZMINA Yevgeniya.
Although the host contestants have great geographical advantages and are very familiar with the venue, Liu Xiaoting, who is only 18 years old, played very steadily in the competition. She won a silver medal at 17:29.8, while NOVIKOVA Olga of Kazakhstan slipped 13:04.7 and won the gold medal, which is also the first gold medal of this competition. Her teammate KUZMINA Yevgeniya won the bronze medal in 18:46 seconds.