Mark Dreyer is a journalist and founder of China Sports Insider, a news website that covers China’s sports industry. Based in China since 2007, his book, Sporting Superpower: An Insider’s View of China’s Quest to Be the Best, follows developments in China’s burgeoning sports industry since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. He was formerly a soccer reporter with Sky Sports in the UK, and has been a reporter and producer for Fox Sports and AP Sports in the United States. Mark Dreyer.Illustration by Lauren Crow Q: In your book, Sporting Superpower, you wrote about how China’s bid to host the coming Winter Olympics hung by a thread at one point. Could you talk about how China beat the odds to win the bid to host the Olympics for a second time? A: If we go back to the 2008 Olympics, China had initially bid for the 2000 Games, which ended up going to Sydney, and it was quite common in the Olympic bidding process back then that cities would bid once, twice, or threSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.