Mysterious Chinese Olympic athlete selections baffle athletes and outsiders alike

| August 1st, 2012

The following is a gust post by Lisa Xu via The Hopewell Journal.

[Wang Mingjuan]

Chinese weightlifting champion Wang Mingjuan of China won her first Olympic gold in the 48kg class on Saturday.

The 26-year-old from Hunan, China dominated her sport for a decade, but she was mysteriously omitted from China’s 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams.

This year, she was picked ahead of the reigning world champion Tian Yuan, a 19 year old from China’s Hubei Province. Ma Guangwen, director of the Weightlifting, Wrestling, […]Read more…

Former champion gymnast begs on street

| August 8th, 2011

From QQ:

In China, though champion athletes are very much revered, it’s already well known that retired athlete-including former champion athlete find it hard to make ends meet once they retire. Many blame it on the nation’s sports system in which these athletes are enrolled in at their young age and experienced tough and long training at the expense of their education. They are trained only to win medals and are not prepared to live when they leave the sports system. […]Read more…