Win at all costs?

August 3rd, 2012 at 9:31 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Winning a gold medal at the should be one of the happiest moments of an athlete’s life.

But that was not the case for Chinese diver Wu Minxia.

After winning the women’s synchronized three-metre springboard competition in London on Sunday, the 26-year-old Olympian got devastating news: her family decided it was the right time to tell her that her grandparents had died – over a year ago – and her mother had breast cancer for eight years, AFP reported.

Wu had no idea. Her father admitted the news was kept from her to avoid any distractions during her quest for gold.

“Wu called us after her grandmother died, I gritted my teeth and told her: ‘Everything’s fine, there aren’t any problems’,” father Wu Jueming told the Shanghai Morning Post.

“It was essential to tell this white lie. We never talk about family matters with our daughter.”

Her mother defended the decision, saying she waited until her cancer was in remission before telling Wu.

The story of the Wu family’s secrets has added to a public “backlash against the win-at-all-costs mentally” in .

Thousands of Chinese web users took to Sina Weibo – a Chinese microblog similar to Twitter – to condemn what they say is an example of the harshness of China’s government-funded sport system, AFP reported.

I guess she didn’t see her grandmother often! But good to see that there is a backlash to this sort of mentality.

“Apart from making people crazy, our Olympic strategy also makes people lose their humanity,” one online commentator said.

“Our national sports system is disgusting,” another said.

Cultural change is occurring, albeit slowly. Many are also angry at the badminton team being told to lose, so they would get an easier opponent in the next round.

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9 Responses to “Win at all costs?”

  1. kowtow (7,932 comments) says:

    They might even inform them that the Americans put a man on the moon.If a state can keep that out of the news then anything goes.
    Got to love the great socialist motherland and it’s free open economy….oh wait.

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  2. ben (2,414 comments) says:

    “our Olympic strategy “

    There is no “our” Olympic strategy. There is a Wu family strategy. Must the free choice of individuals be so quickly confused with “society”?

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  3. RRM (9,639 comments) says:

    That’s pretty messed up. Poor girl.

    @ Kowtow – LOL – your ability to turn anything into a generalisation never ceases to amaze me.

    Take a look at some of those tiny little American girls doing gymnastics at an extreme level at the Olympics. Some of them look like they would be happier playing with My Little Ponies than doing what they’re doing.

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  4. gump (1,549 comments) says:

    @RRM – gymnasts are required to turn 16 in the year of the Olympics (if they’re not already older).

    They look like young girls but they’re probably older than you think.

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  5. kowtow (7,932 comments) says:

    RRM

    You’re ability to bring any argument back to anti American or leftist causes does not amaze me.

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  6. metcalph (1,405 comments) says:

    I would have considered the Bo Xilai case to be the most dramatic evidence of cultural change in China. In the Good Old Days, it would have been simply too embarrassing to come to light.

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  7. RRM (9,639 comments) says:

    “Anti-american” ….pfft, that is a counter-example :-)

    You’ve been hanging out with your boyfriend redbaiter too long…

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  8. kowtow (7,932 comments) says:

    Bo Xilai is simply yet another power struggle within the enourmously rich and priveliged elites of the egalitarian socialists.

    Cultural change ? Think Cultural revolution,that’s how things get done in workers’ paradises.

    RRM…..are you hung up on homosexuality?or more interested in what little girls are happy playing with?Do you hang around playgrounds much,own a macintosh by any chance?

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  9. gump (1,549 comments) says:

    Here’s an extraordinary photo album that shows how Chinese athletes are produced:

    http://imgur.com/a/emAVG

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