Video below is a highlight of the Chinese men at the 2011 Gymnastics Worlds in Tokyo where they have just won the team title. I was recently at a friend’s daughters gymnastics tournament. There were teams of five year-olds and up. At that age, 10 hours training each week is considered the norm. I was impressed with the commitment the athletes and their families put in. (It sounds weird calling five year-olds athletes, but they are.) Continue reading Chinese men wins 2011 Gymnastics Worlds team title
The Chinese womens national team (中国女排) has had great successes throughout the years. They won the Gold Medal in the 2004 Olympics. That same team took Bronze in Beijing in 2008. The U.S. Silver Medal team of 2008 was coached by Chinese star player Lang Ping from the 1984 Olympics Gold Medal team. The current Chinese team is mostly of a newer generation, and they are competing in Japan in the 2010 World Championships.
I was very happy to be able to watch them play at Tokyo few days ago (picture above), in round two of the 2010 World Championships.
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Note: The following is a translation of a post by “zl19860707” in 铁血论坛 Tiexue Forum, one of the popular online bulletin boards in China. This post was responding to the words spoken by the Chinese shooting athlete 谭宗亮 Tan Zongliang after he won the bronze in the men’s 50m pistol event on August 12. Beijing 2008 is the fourth Olympics Tan has competed in, and this bronze is the first of any kind he has received. (Tan, by the way, now officially owns a silver medal because the North Korean shooter ahead of him failed subsequent doping tests.)
Do not pressure athletes into saying sorry
Tan Zongliang said: “I feel that I have let the country down by winning only a single bronze through four Olympics.”
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