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Chinese gymnast hasn't seen parents or had a day off in over a year
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Ive said things in other threads about chinas oppression. this is one of the gymnasts stories. she doesnt even get a break off.
http://www.nypost.com/seven/08162008...kid_124661.htm

A diminutive, doe-eyed Chinese gymnast accused of being too young to compete at the Beijing Olympics gave a heartbreaking glimpse into her past year - saying she had not seen her parents, did not know if they saw her Olympic performance and has trained nonstop without a day off.

Yang Yilin, who won a bronze medal behind Americans Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson in Thursday's all-around gymnastics competition, stood like a gazelle caught in the headlights as the US anthem played during the medal ceremony.

Afterward, Yang - who the Chinese claim is 16 but could be as young as 14 - said in a heartbreaking interview that she hasn't been allowed to take a vacation in "more than a year."

When The Associated Press asked her whether her parents were in Beijing to see her compete, Yang said, "I don't know."

Asked when was the last time she went home, the soft-spoken Yang replied, "Ummm . . . before I joined the national team."

When was that?

"More than a year ago," she said.

Will you go on a vacation after the Olympics?

"I don't know," Yang said.

Asked how many days off she gets a year, Yang paused and said, "I have not had a holiday since I joined the national team."

The 4-foot-10 Yang - along with He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan - was part of the team that won the gold medal in the team event Tuesday, edging out the Americans, who took silver.

Questions have swirled over the past week about the three gymnasts because of Chinese competition records and government-run media reports that listed them as under 16, which would make them ineligible to compete in gymnastics events at the Olympics.

Despite the controversy earlier this week, Yang had kind words for Liukin and Johnson.

"They are very confident," she said.

Yang, who weighs just 77 pounds, said she had joined China's national training camp, based in Beijing, about 18 months ago and has not been allowed to return home to her native Guangdong, a city 1,100 miles from the Chinese capital, since then.


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This militant style training for these Chinese kids is horrible.

and the thing is many of these kids were chosen to do this since birth.
Posted 8/16/08
awww i feel bad 4 her she should c her parents thats sad and to only end up with the bronze after all that training
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Damn. Poor kid I'd miss my family so much. I don't know how she survived after all that time with no communication... I feel really bad for her (and the others if they're in the same situation). Wow, this really surprised me though. I didn't know they were treated like this.
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Posted 8/16/08
So touching...
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poor kid
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sucks to be her.
Soviet and east German athletes had it worse though, as did Iraq when Uday Hussein was the head of the Olympic Committee.
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more than a year without a day off is sad...
n i suppose when she won the medal she is feeling very proud n wish her parents are able to see it yet she dont even noe whether her parent know abt her achievement... so sad...
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china has the worst sad story cases
if you guys read up on more about china, you'll realise some the gymnast were either orphans or were not allowed to see their parents
i believe china is not the only country that is like this...
china's participants for beijing 2008 or any other sports events, the people there speaks only their local language and unable to speak english because they are not educated since young. their young time was used to train themselves for olympic only
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So do their parents have a say in this? I'm assuming that the government just chooses the girls, but do they also forcefully take them away from the parents and have to agree?
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Posted 8/16/08
oh wow -_-"
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China is not a communist country. Its an ultra nationalist country. It doesn't care about the people. It only cares about how it looks on a global scale. A true communist country is like a mother that nurtures its children with love and adoration. Sadly, I have not seen this in China. A true communist country provides for all not just for the majority. It respects people in every sense of the word. Communism only works in theory I'm sorry to say. That is because we have ignorant and intolerant communist government leaders.
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i spose this shows why the chinese team have an edge over their opposition. although i am against this sort of thing it does go to show it has benifits but at what kind of cost? and why do they accuse her of being under age? theres a british diver whose only fourteen so they can fuck right off if they think someone who is POSSIBLY fourteen is under age
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nobodysbaby wrote:

So do their parents have a say in this? I'm assuming that the government just chooses the girls, but do they also forcefully take them away from the parents and have to agree?


If the gymnast was not originally an orphan it is usually the parents that put them into the program, not the government. The reason is that a child's fame could lift an entire family (siblings, parents, grandparents, ect) out of poverty. The girls are usually not given a choice by their parents or the government though. They work at it until they either fail or succeed and aren't allowed to quit even if they want to...Now is that terrible? From the perspective of a Western observer, maybe, but from their perspective it is the child's duty to their family and to their country and fulfilling that duty is the only honorable thing that they can do. Failing or quitting on the other hand (especially in public) would bring a great loss of face and dishonor to both family and country.

Different cultures = different rules, customs, ect. I think that its about time that most people learn that and decide to think and observe a bit before making condemnations.

*Note: I do not support China, I understand them (or at least try to).
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Posted 8/16/08
poor kid!!! she worked so hard and got bronze.....no only that if she's proven to be under the age of 16(which stated she was 14 in another article) she probably might get that stripped away(along with that team gold medal)

I hope she gets the long deserved rest she needs
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It's never easy growing up in China...
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