Life in a youth diving camp

| August 31st, 2014

In Anshan city of Anhui Province, a group of children aged from 6-10 years old are committed to diving practice for a whole 2 years. At the end of the training, they either get selected into the official diving regiment, or go home.

 

56-year-old Hu Qijun is a retired athletes and coach to the children. He has been coaching for the larger part of 30 years and his coaching spectrum varies from gymnastics to diving. To the young athletes, he is […]Read more…

Netizens speculate Liu Xiang fakes fall at Olympics

| August 25th, 2012

“It’s the truth: this is the cruelty of sports. Liu Xiang is like a warrior. He jumped, knowing not going to make it to the end.” When Chinese famous 110-meter hurdle athlete Liu Xiang fell on the first hurdle at the London Olympics, the CCTV commentator, Yang Jian was not surprised to make the above report, acting like he already knew this is meant to happen.

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Blood and tears of childhood behind gold medals

| August 21st, 2012

From IFeng:

At the London Olympics games, post 90s generation shined.  However, what is not known behind the gold medals is a childhood filled with blood and tears.  Look at these little faces with tears, hands and feet covered in scars, worn exercise bars and training pants, do you feel the pain?

Little body not yet fully developed being forcefully stepped on everyday.

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CCTV commentator caught bad-mouthing Olympics athletes during broadcast

| August 17th, 2012

From KN58:

Zhang Mengmeng, a pretty commentator on CCTV was trapped in the “bad-mouthing scandal” during her commentating of the Olympics diving competition. Zhang Mengmeng made fun of several famous foreign athletes of being either abnormal or homosexual. This incident triggered controversy on the internet. Some netizens suspected that it is because Zhang forgot to turn off the microphone while bad mouthing the athletes in a private conversation. CCTV has not yet made any comments on it.

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Liu Xiang falls out of race, reactions on Weibo

| August 9th, 2012

Liu Xiang, eight years ago won the 110 meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics with the world record time of 12”87’, giving China its first Olympic gold medal in men’s track and field ever. He instantly became the hero of the entire Nation.  However, at the 2008 Beijing Olympics  Liu withdrew from his preliminary heat due to Achilles tendon injuries which hugely disappointed billion Chinese fans and Liu got hammered by the public back then.  Now, the 2012 London […]Read more…

Olympic badminton players disqualified for deliberate poor play

| August 2nd, 2012

The following is a guest post by Lisa Xu via The Hopewell Journal

Eight badminton players have been disqualified from the women’s doubles competition at the London Olympic Games for deliberately playing poorly in Tuesday’s matches.

Two pairs from South Korea, and one each from Indonesia and China, including World Champions and top seeds Yu Yang and Wang Xiaoli from China, were accused of “not using best efforts” in an attempt to manipulate the draw for the knockout stage.

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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…

Zulfiya Chinshanlo, Kazakhstan weight lifting champion is really Chinese athlete from Hunan

| July 31st, 2012

From Netease:

July 29th, Zulfiya, the Kazakhstan woman weight-lifting athlete, broke the world record and became the champion, earning the second gold medal for Kazakhstan. However, no one knew that this Kazakhstan weightlifter was a former Chinese athlete — former Hunan player, Zhao Changning (赵常宁). Zulfiya, originally named Zhao Changning, was born in 1993 in the deep mountains two-hour away from Yongzhou, Hunan Province. At age of 11, because of poverty, Zhao Changning was sent by her parents to Lengshuitan in […]Read more…

Tie for silver, but China’s national flag placed at bottom led to controversy

| July 30th, 2012

From Netease:

In the London Olympics men’s 200 meters freestyle final, China’s Sun Yang tied South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan for silver at 1:44:93.  France’s Yannick Agnel took gold with 1:43:14 and United States’ Ryan Lochte was fourth.  Lodon Olympics Games are very exciting, but the amusing incidents of the Organizing Committee are endless.  In the award ceremony of the men’s 200 meters freestyle, Organizing Committee again made a serious mistake.  China’s Sun Yang and South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan […]Read more…

BBC host questions Ye Shiwen’s incredible swim, Netizens angry

| July 30th, 2012

From Sina:

16 years old, incredibly swam the last 50 meters of the 400 IM final, faster than men’s champion Ryan Lochte, beat her personal best by 5 seconds, broke the women’s world record for the first time since the high-tech swimsuits ban, swept Asian Games, World Championships and Olympic Games and became the youngest grand slam swimming winner in China… During the interview after the game, Ye Shiwen expressed her excitement and joy, and credited all to her hard work […]Read more…

Sun Yang: never taken Park Tae-hwan’s provocation seriously

| July 29th, 2012

From Sina Weibo:

Sun Yang (Weibo) He Won! 20 years old, 1.97meters tall, 3 minutes 40 seconds 14! When Sun Yang roared in the swimming pool like a lion, who knew all the hardship, persistence, pressure or tears behind this glory… At the mixed interview zone after the race, Sun Yang covered his face to sob several times, crying like a kid with a pair of red eyes, “The Park Tae-hwan incidence in the morning inspired me. I have no reason […]Read more…