The “Iron Hammer” Lang Ping led the Chinese women’s volleyball team to gold medal victory over the U.S. at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Then she left China, and twenty-four years later she led the American women’s volley team as their coach to a 3-2 win over the Chinese team in Beijing. Here’s an interview.
“Our goals in sport competition in China emphasize victories while defeats are unacceptable. This creates excessive nervousness. But American culture puts the emphasis on participation and whether you have done your best. If you perform up to your ability and potential, then you are the winner and you will be recognized. You do not have to back yourself into a corner. They can deal with the game outcomes more easily; if they lose, they will just move on and try again.”