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On February 20, 2010, in Vancouver Winter Olympics, Zhou Yang (周洋) won the gold medal in women’s 1,500 meters short-track speed race. This was the Chinese team’s third gold medal of this Olympics, but also was the first time in the history Chinese team won three gold medals in the Winter Olympics.
However Zhou Yang was criticized by the State Sports General Administration deputy director Yu Zaiqing (于再清) on the CPPCC session.
Thanking your parents is not a problem, but should thank the country first. Must put the country first, don’t just thank your parents and that’s it.
Yesterday morning, deputy director of the State Sports General Administration, the International Olympic Committee Vice-Chairman Yu Zaiqing participated in the National Political Consultative Conference, in subsector sports discussion, when talked about players making speeches after winning, thanking their parents, Yu Zaiqing said “Kids have some words in their minds that could not express out, when players talk after winning, honoring their parents and thanking their parents are correct, but their hearts must have the country, must put the country first, don’t just talk about parents and that’s it, I must raise this point.” He stated that (we) must enhance the moral education of the athletes.
deputy director of the State Sports General Administration Yu Zaiqing (于再清)
Recently, in the Winter Olympic Women’s 1,500 meters short-track speed race finals, the only Chinese racer Zhou Yang broke the Olympic record and won the Olympic gold medal. After the race reporter asked her “What does it mean to be the Olympic champion?” Zhou Yang said “after winning the gold medal, many things might change, I will be more confident, will let my parents live a better life.” These words touched many viewers.
Zhou Yang’s monthly salary is only 500 yuan (about 80 dollars)
Zhou Yang likes to play with plush toys since she was young. When looking at her photo albums, she always holds a baby doll when taking the pictures growing up, specially the Mickey Mouse doll. Zhou Yang knows that when she was young her family could not afford to buy her one, she could only go to the store and touch them “So cute, I really like it!” When she join the national team, because of her outstanding achievements, Zhou Yang won many national and international competitions, and sometimes she wins cash prizes, other than daily spending she gives the money to her parents for savings. National athletes can only receive some subsidize, salary is paid locally. Many people would have never thought, prior to going to Vancouver, the world champion Zhou Yang’s monthly salary was just 500 Yuan.
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