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Beijing Winter Olympics

Malaysia casino giant Genting's ski bet pays off at Winter Olympics

Resort near Beijing hosts events starting Thursday, making good on Xi's orders

Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, visits Genting's ski resort with Chairman Lim Chee Wah, in the red jacket, in January 2017. (Courtesy of Genting Resort Secret Garden)

ZHANGJIAKOU, China -- A ski resort backed by tropical Malaysia's Genting Group will host its first Winter Olympics events with freestyle skiing on Thursday, as China prepares for the official opening of the Beijing Games on Friday.

Genting Snow Park, in Zhangjiakou's Chongli County, is the only one out of nine such facilities in the city selected as an Olympic venue. Located about an hour by train from the capital, the park will host adrenaline-filled events including aerials and moguls as well as snowboarding.

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