Ding is currently staying at a hotel and spent the Chinese New Year away from his family for the first time in his life.
As an on-site doctor who attends to athlete’s injuries, the 28-year-old usually sits inside the field of play dressed in a protective plastic suit with a stretcher next to him.
“She also contributes to the Olympic Games a lot,” he said of his fiance. “She’s a little bit sad without me, so I think it’s a sacrifice for her.”
Tickets are allocated to “targeted” groups that have no say on what events they watch.
The couple’s prayers were answered when she got tickets to speed skating out of the 15 sports being hosted, and they managed to see each other in the flesh for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.
He is proud to work at the Games, calling it the “highlight” of his career and an “expression of my love to my country”.
That doesn’t stop him from missing his fiance. Although his face lights up when he speaks of her, he grows quiet when he recalls their parting.
“It’s complicated. At first, I was happy and excited, but then I miss her too much.”