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Old 08-08-2012, 01:49 PM   #29
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Default Re: What? no Olympics thread?

Further insightful repoorting on the living hell of life as a member of the dishonorable Team China

Heavy Burden on Athletes Takes Joy Away From China’s Olympic Success

A tide of self-doubt and introspection about the human costs of China’s Olympic prowess has arisen amid worries that the nation’s draconian sports system is sometimes producing damaged goods. Floundering athletes can even be cast aside after their careers are over — a point driven home last year when a former gold medal gymnast was found begging on the streets of Beijing. According to the state media, 240,000 retired athletes are grappling with injuries, poverty and unemployment.


http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/sp...l?pagewanted=1

How awful - thank goodness athletes in the U.S. never struggle after their careers are over
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