i feel weird? knowing i have the same name as ur bird
hey, think of it this way: my bird is really really good at saying ur name, in several different ways ranging from “rrrEEoh!” (a screech) to “riiiiiiioriiiiiiiiioriiiiiiiioriiiiiiio” (sounds kinda like a police car)
Shi Tingmao (CHN) wins gold in the women’s 3m springboard diving event at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. She finished with a total score of 406.05, 18.15 points ahead of second place. This is her second gold medal from Rio, having earlier won the women’s synchronized 3m springboard event with partner Wu Minxia.
“Whatever we lose, we won’t lose our regal spirit*. Proud of you all.” - Bai Yawen’s instagram
(*This phrase （氣勢） is impossible to translate lol. It means something like grand / majestic manner, but not in a negative way. It would be used to describe someone with a strong spirit, a certain dignity about their presence, an ability to induce respect or reverence in others. You could, for example, use to it to describe Aliya Mustafina. It’s a word that’s kind of like “swag”, but meaning royalty instead of gangster. lol @16-233 help)
In a sport where it’s become depressingly common to see coaches and gymnasts blaming others when things don’t go their way, the way the Chinese WAG coaches and gymnasts have reacted (or maybe not reacted) to the blatant unfairness of the qualification results is a breath of fresh air. I could be wrong, but I haven’t seen anyone, coach or gymnast, saying anything negative about the situation, or accusing any other teams of cheating (cough), or even outright complaining about the judges. We fans may be losing it, but they’ve been the picture of sportsmanship.
You’ve shown your quality, little flowers - the very highest, in gymnastics and in character. We’re all proud of you.
My cold literally got worse when I saw all the scores… my heart is as stuffed as my nose! I honestly do not understand this scoring, what’s even the point of competing? I hope changes to the process will be made, if it continues on like this, what’s the point of participating?
So I imagine my surprise when she snapped “I’m gonna need to see some Chinese birth certificates”.
Others were super into the Olys and I knew I was “friends” with her, so I felt the need to send her some Snaps to express my disappointment bc this is actually a really serious issue. Especially coming from a former Olympian. I hand-wrote three Snaps that read “I’m sooooo disappointed in your China comment. You know they’re legit. So, miss me with the racism. You’re better than this. Where is that stellar sportsmanship?”
And I got this in response:
And this was added to her snap story soon after:
I’m legitimately so so disappointed and hate having yet another problematic fave. Unfortunately, this wasn’t even subtle or maybe a mistake or misinterpretation - and there’s no signs yet of any remorse, just privileged justification. I hope a moment of reflection finds her. Stat.
The story of Fan Yilin - Upholding the family sporting heritage
There are some striking and rather intriguing
similarities between Fan Yilin and Aliya Mustafina : not only are both of them
superb at bars, both Yilin and Aliya are the daughters of professional
wrestling athletes. Most importantly, both Aliya and Yilin are known to be two
of the more consistent gymnasts in the current competitive scene, in which
unfortunate splat-fests and wobble-carnivals are often the norm. Maybe it is a
gene thing. The gene of being athletes.
Ironically, Yilin did
not take up gymnastics due to personal interest; nor was it due to the preconceived expectations that her father, Fan Bingzhu, has set
upon her. Rather, Yilin took up gymnastics as a mere avenue to improve her
physical wellbeing, for she had been troubled by illness since a young age. In
a fortuitous twist of events, however, Yilin was somehow selected to train
gymnastics at Hongkou Junior Sports School at an age of 6, the same year when
she started this very sport which will, unbeknownst to her at the time, make
her a World Champion at a tender age of 16.
Training gymnastics in
China was a notoriously tough process. Every day, Yilin will undergo 8 hours of
“hell” training which includes long distance jogging, body stretching and
practises on all four apparatuses. A small loss of concentration would attract
punishment, which often involved doing handstands against the wall for a long
duration of time. Fortunately, Yilin came on top of it. According to Fan
Bingzhu, Yilin was “a person of tenacity and ambition”. “She never complains,
no matter how hard the training can be. She just bites her teeth and carries on.”
He said. “Considering that she doesn’t have the physical build to excel at this
sport, I would attribute most of her success to her perseverance and tenacity.”
entered the provincial team of Shanghai, the city which nurtured her since her
birth. In 2013, Yilin, then yet a member of the National team, attracted
the spotlight of the Gymternet by becoming the first Chinese to complete a
Komova II. A relatively simple (it still has a D-score of 6.3) but
well-executed routine also placed her at a respectable 5th place in the 2013 China Nationals, when she was just 14 years old. As a consequence to her consistency and
talent shown at bar, Yilin was also then chosen to enter the national team in
2014. Everything seems to be going well for her.
And then, as if it was
a part of the inevitable Chinese tradition, Yilin injured herself and have to
pull-out of the season in 2014. Everyone was worried about her, for China do
have a long list of burnt-out and wasted young gymnasts. But once again, Yilin
proved that the offspring of athletes was not to be easily looked down upon. In
2015, Yilin came back to the competitive scene with a blast. A super hard bar routine
featuring an innovative dismount combination instantly grabbed the hearts of the fans worldwide. With the queen of Chinese gymnastics, Yao Jinnan, out of the
competition for a year, everybody was rooting for her to take on the position
of Yao on bars. Yilin did not disappoint. In the bars finals of China Nationals
2015, Yilin held up to the pressures and grabbed her first National gold medal. Everything
seems to be back on track again.
However, any gymnastics
fan with some basic knowledge in Chinese gymnastics history would have guessed
that the road to becoming a world champion would not be so easily for Yilin.
Indeed, in the Asian Championships held in Japan in August, Yilin, for some
reasons, changed her dismount to a choppy DLO, and fell on her new yet prosaic
dismount in the event final, missing her chance to become an Asian bar champion. Rumour
has it that FIG specifically arranged a conference to discuss about her
original dismount, and came to a conclusion that her dismount was not the same
as the “double tuck with half-turn” listed on the COP, and should be awarded with
only a C difficulty. While there are no ways to seeking the absolute truth now,
the change to her routine dampened the expectations that Chinese fans had put up on her. Things only took a turn for the worse in the Worlds. Despite Yilin
valiantly managing to connect her pak with chow and bringing up her bars
difficulty to a 6.9 – the highest in the competition, her E score was
relentlessly penalized by her, once again, choppy DLO and inbar geinger. Her 8.166 E scores with a hit bar set was
definitely a huge blow to both the Chinese team and the Chinese fans, as seen
from the disastrous beam performance and the furore that the E-score had caused
on the Chinese gymternet. Everyone was crestfallen. In an interview with Wang
Qunce, coach of Yilin and Wang Yan, Wang only listed Wang Yan’s beam routine as
the “potential gold clincher”, insinuating that he did not believe in the
possibility of Fan clinching gold. The general atmosphere on the Chinese
gymternet was also edging towards the pessimistic end of the spectrum, for people began to postulate
that the Chinese will go home empty handed this year.
And then, Yilin defied
everybody’s expectations again – even her coach! In the event final in which
Yilin qualified as a humble 5th, she put up her best showing on
bars after her change of dismount. The E-score of 8.466 was still the third
lowest of the day, yet with a difficulty of 6.9, Yilin tied with three other
gymnasts to share the glory of becoming the World Champion on bars. On the
podium, Yilin displayed her signature bright smiles, the smiles that she had
kept on throughout the Worlds – regardless of winning or
losing, competing or cheering for teammates. Maybe it is due to this inherent optimism
in her, that she always seems to be capable of holding her nerves even in the tensest
moments, making use of this quality of hers as an impetus towards success.
Back in China, Fan
Bingzhu could not hide his excitement about her daughter’s new title. “When she
was young and competed domestically, I would always go to the venue and
cheer for her on the spot. As she turned older and became more skilled, she was
sent overseas to compete and I couldn’t go with her. However, she has a lot of
fans now, so I can always get first-hand information about her through her
fans.” Fan Bingzhu exclaimed. On the other hand, however, Yilin was still just
a kid in the eyes of her father. She liked to play bejewelled in her free time,
and was a food addict. Her favourite food, Bingzhu proudly mentioned, were
stir-fried cabbage and Tiantai-style dumplings (天台扁食) that he would cook for
her when there was a chance. When asked about his expectations for her in the
possible Rio Olympics, the father said:” Of course I would wish her all the
best, but I wouldn’t set an expectation for her. Everything should just go with
the flow, as I do not believe in the positive aspect of pressurizing your kid.”
Yilin, the girl who
with the bright smiles, would definitely brighten up the arena with her sheer
optimism and determination. Let your athletic heritage flows in your blood Yilin,
and do your daddy proud.
Hi guys, Mr. Firefox here. I will be doing a series of background stories on the Chinese Olympic hopefuls in the next few months. I believe that by sharing their background stories you will understand the Chinese athletes better :) I would also like to give the social media exposure they deserved because each and everyone of them is a gem to me. Hope you enjoyed the article!
Shang Chunsong’s curly hair are not done by salons.
Shang Chunsong will compete in Tokyo 2020. <3<3
Tan Jiaxin will keep training the Amarnar.
Has been training the quadruple
spin, but the successful rate not so good.
Trained the 3.5 twist, but
failed to add it into her routine.
Will not do half in half out
due to injured history on this skill.
Used to feel double tuck easier,
now feels double pike easier
UB—learnt the clear hip skills
in Hunan provincial team. Clear hip Shapo not so good so learnt Maloney in the
the second vault is double
twisting Tsuk, 6.0 value, but not has much attention put on this vault( So
Jiaxin’s potential vaults would be 6.3+6.0)
Is training the Amarnar now and
will keep training it in future.
BB—has performed some basic
skills such as front tuck, spin on one leg, BHS-back tuck. Used to have BHS-BHS-layout.
Injuries—shoulders, knees, ankles
and wrists. Most serious injuries were on the shoulders, so giving up healy-Ling-Jaeger(not
so clear here) and did Ling-Ling half-Tkatchev instead.
The WAG and MAG Rio teams will
train in the intensive camp in Tianjin from June 1st through June 25th.
Chinese Olympic teams will
leave for Rio on July 12th.
Daily gym hour: 8:30—12:00,
15:00—17:00/18:00. The full-day session begins at 8:30, half-day at 14:30.
Will retire after the National
Game of 2017, at most until World Championship 2017.
Selected to the national team
very late( at the end of 2012 when she was 16) because can only do very few
“It is because the coaches taught
well that I progressed fast”
Giving up beam because she has
awful acro feelings on beams and injured her ankles easily.
Will retire after the National
Game of 2017, at most as late as World Championship 2017.
Will go back to Hunan
provincial team after Rio.
“I am ambivalent about
retirement. Want to and not want to. I don’t want to leave the large family (coaches
and teammates) but I am afraid my injuries would get more severe and prevent me
from training in future.”
Disappointed at not making the
Rio team. Jiaxin ascribed her failure to make the team to not being excellent
enough herself and not as strong as others.
“Confidence and great
temperament in competitions? Haha,actually I am quite nervous, super nervous
inside”, replying to fan’s comments on her composure in competitions.
FX—twisted her ankle seriously one
week before 2014 Chinese National when training half in half out. Will not do this
skill any longer.( reminded me of Shang
getting serious ankle injury in Chinese National 2010 AA Final doing double Arabian,
what a sad story for Songsong and Jiaxin.)
VT—May not perform Amanar in
Rio or 2017 Chinese National Game, concerned about failure and score. May not
perform the second vault as well.
UB—Will not do the Ray dismount
any longer. Has hit her head twice on this move (scars still seeable on her forehead)
Does the make-up herself during
BB—Has performed beam back in
2012. Did not fall but sat the dismount in her first completion.
11. Shang Chunsong
Has confidence in Chunsong for
winning the beam gold in Rio
Shang will not retire until Coach
Xiong retires after Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Chunsong wants to accompany Coach
Xiong till the end of his career. “ I will go to Tokyo to watch and root for her”
Jiaxin thinks Chunsong’s
problem with vault is not being able to giving out powers. “I can do the vault
for Shang. Let her do the beam for me.”
“If Shang and I can become one
person, this new gymnast will be unbeatable.”(hahaha)
Leos are selected by coaches.
The Xiong group do not control
weight of athletes.
Coach Xiong is strict with girls
in training, but is loving and caring in life. “ Coach Xiong is strict, but is
nice as well.””Coach Xiong is nice. I like him.” (Coach Xiong’s students Deng
linlin, Jiang Yuyuan, Shang Chunsong, Tan Jiaxin and Wujing all respect and have
strong connection with him)
“Coach Xiong comes with sense
of humor.”—Wu Jing
Nickname given by Coach Xiong
is “fish head Tan”,谭鱼头，for pouting a lot when being upset and moving head first when
twisting. Coach Xiong hardly calls her nickname now.
Favorite gymnast is Komova.
Also likes Larisa Iordache. “ I like all foreign gymnasts,都喜欢”
Live in the same apartment with
Shang Chunsong, Wu Jing, Liu Jinru and Coach Zhang. Share room with two 2000
babies Jinru and Jing.
The Xiong Group live on the
fifth floor, The Wang Group on the sixth floor, Coach Xiong on the seventh
Likes the color of blue.
Likes Japanese maga series One
Piece a lot.
Likes traveling and photographing,
but does not have time for these hobbies.
Has not applied for college
yet, but does not plan to study communications. May take her roommate Wuhan
local Wu Jing’s recommendation to go to Wuhan University.
Fans asked whether Jiaxin will
have the ponytail in future competions for they like how she looks in ponytail.
Jiaxin said her hair is too long for tail and she cherishes her long hair too
much to cut it short.
Has known and grown up with
Shang Chunsong for 10 years. Strong connection with Chunsong.
Good at dressing and doing
Hair is naturally curly, not by
“Shang’s natural-curl is like
the instant noodle after showers.”
No boyfriend yet, has “girlfriends”
Bai Yawen and Chen Siyi(Bai was flirting with Jiaxin in the live chats, saying
she is the T, LOL. Wu Jing said “ I am sister Xin’s elder daughter.”)
Not many contents in part 1 and 2. The cute voice in 4:36 of Part 1 is from Chunsong. Part 2 has the shy Chunsong as well, saying “Wow, my finger is in the camera,no!””Okay, let me just show my face a little bit, just a little bit.”
Part 3&4&5 have the playful and naughty Wu Jing and Liu Jinru.
Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui was already a fan favorite of the internet after she showed more joy at earning a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke than most people experience in their entire lives.
“I felt dizzy, and my limbs feel soft, like I didn’t have any strength left. Today, even on beam my hand felt numb, and I can’t control it. I saw all my teammates perform so effortlessly, compared to my own situation, I am very anxious (to get better).”
“Well big sis Shang is a bit ill, (so her performance today is reasonable), so… she doesn’t feel well and can’t put out her full strength for her skills. However, she is the team captain, and I believe that when the time comes, she will pull it together, because she has a lot of international experience.”
Her old waist injury is acting up, but they are working hard on resting her as much as they could and rehabilitation.
“Well I did acupuncture, and yesterday I didn’t do anything but some physical training, so that maybe I could feel better today. I do feel better, but… still not at my best.”
“This is our first time getting used to the space and stuff, and we only had 20 minutes, so we were on a tight schedule. There’s no way for us to… go about it like our usual trainings, where we take our time warming up and getting used to the feel of the equipment, and then do our full routines.”
“Beam went pretty smooth, I felt like it’s a bit easier than the one over at the training facility.”
“I feel pretty good but not at my best.” (Doesn’t seem too worried.)
“The arena is pretty big, but I didn’t feel… um, intimidated? When I walked in, it felt like we were back at Nationals.”