What Olympic Gold means to China

Mainlanders – or at least a lot of powerful and influential people in China – want very, very badly to dominate in the Olympics.

“An astonishing amount of manpower, money and goods have been poured in, so much so that it’s inappropriate to be revealed publicly,” said Lu Yuanzhen, a professor of sports sociology… If the country’s athletes do not perform up to expectations, he added, “the entire nation and its people will lose face.””

“The training regimen of foreign athletes by no means compares to ours, meaning the hours devoted to training, and the number of dives into the water. Chinese divers are professionals, which means they practice all day long, while Australians and Canadians might be a bank clerk or a dentist, who only spend two hours practicing after work.”