View Full Version : New York Times article about China's injured Olympians - includes Zheng Jie

Jun 21st, 2008, 06:20 AM
China Presses Injured Athletes in Quest for Gold

This is an excerpt from the New York Times.

Full article here

For many athletes, playing through injuries is standard practice. Most of China’s Olympic-caliber competitors are tightly controlled by a system that manages almost every aspect of their lives, often from early childhood. This includes housing, education, medical care and interactions with the public and the news media. In this system, decisions about training regimens and the risks of injuries do not get much of a public airing. The case of Zheng Jie, a top female doubles tennis player, however, provides a glimpse of how the obligation to perform often operates.

Despite a painful ankle injury, Ms. Zheng played a punishing schedule last year to gain tour points required to compete in the Olympics. In a news conference after she lost in the first round of the French Open, she broke down in tears. “The pain in my foot was so strong I could hardly concentrate,” she said.
Ms. Zheng said her doctor had told her that she risked permanent injury if she kept playing without treatment and rest. But in an interview, she said her coach denied her request to concede the French Open match. In a television interview after her defeat, the coach, Jiang Hongwei, said Ms. Zheng and her teammate, Yan Zi, “had too much concern for their injuries, which was an important factor in their performance.”


Jun 21st, 2008, 06:46 AM
It's good to see athletes working hard for something other than for themselves. :)

Jun 21st, 2008, 06:57 AM

Jun 21st, 2008, 07:02 AM
It's good to see athletes working hard for something other than for themselves. :)

Not when they are being forced to do so :help:

And if they play injured on their own will while risking permanent damage to their bodies then they are :weirdo:

Jun 21st, 2008, 08:15 AM
Welcome to China.....:tape:

Jun 22nd, 2008, 05:18 AM
btw, athletes' all were provided by nation. (doctor, coach..ect.)

do you think they have habbit of slapping themselves???

Someguys need to use correct organ to think. :D

Jun 22nd, 2008, 07:05 AM
Can see why so many Chinese emigrate to other nations!!!

Jun 22nd, 2008, 07:14 AM
It amazes me to see there are people even try to defend this.

To achieve the one goal,it can just well ruin the rest of their careers with the permanent injury.Poor Jie. :sad:

Jun 22nd, 2008, 09:19 AM
It's good to see athletes working hard for something other than for themselves. :)
Er, WHAT?!

Jun 22nd, 2008, 12:09 PM
Jie :sad: :hug: