In China, Your Family Doesn’t Tell You Grandma And Grandpa Died Because It Might Stop You From Winning Gold
August 1 / Jordan Rabinowitz / SportsGrid
Poor Wu Minxia. The triumph of the Chinese diver's gold medal win in the 3m springboard was met with unfortunate tragedy as she learned shortly after her victory that both of her grandparents had died and her mother was fighting an arduous battle with breast cancer. This was not tragic coincidence — these events happened a few years ago and were purposely withheld from Wu as to not deter her quest to win Olympic gold.
Wu's parents decided to withhold news of both the death of her grandparents and of her mother's long battle with breast cancer until after she won the 3-meter springboard in London so as to not interfere with her diving career.
In case you needed another reason to believe China is totally void of compassion, this might just do the trick. Wu's father himself, Wu Yuming, even admitted it was essential to uphold this "white lie". He also confessed that his daughter doesn't really belong entirely to him and his wife, and that they don't even dare think about things like "enjoying family happiness".
This is a terrible development, and the honest truth is that Wu Minxia is probably the norm, not the exception. Chinese athletes are yanked from their families at what you or I would consider too early an age and devote their lives to their sport, basically so Chinese government officials can masturbate furiously at the sight of their country's name at the top of the gold medal standings every four years.
And have no doubt about it, China's unhealthy thirst for gold and dangerous desire for supreme pageantry on the world stage is at the root of this issue. Surely Wu's parents wouldn't have hidden such information from their daughter if not for the insane amount of pressure China puts on its athletes and their families (China's state news agency isn't even congratulating silver or bronze medal winners, only those who earn gold).
Now it's not like American athletes don't devote an inordinate amount of time to their craft and spend ungodly hours in the prime of their lives perfecting their skills. But something tells me Debbie Phelps or Lynn Raisman wouldn't say they've relinquished "ownership" of their children to the U.S. government. And certainly, god forbid, they wouldn't withhold family tragedy from their children for fear it could hinder their quest for Olympic glory.
China, this is a new low. Even for you.
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