Lol I always lose followers whenever I liveblog something like this so uh… I’m just gonna leave the link here and do a brief outline.
Couple of things that were interesting:
Cheng Fei was originally sent to HuangShi (sports school) because of their Pingpong program (Deng Yaping was playing there.)
Her dad would help her practice (walking on a single straight line) on sidewalks on the way home from school.
When she left Huangshi at seven to go to the provincial sports school, she would cry randomly during training because she misses home. It was a hard time for her because the school’s tuition was 1000 a month, but her family only earns 300 a month. Her coach (Coach Zhao Hanhua) and another male coach was pitching in for her tuition because they didn’t want her talent to go to waste. She was improving so quickly that her coach wrote a report to the school administrators regarding her potential, and from there on, she was given a full ride scholarship.
She was never an ambitious person even after entering the National team. She talks about going up to introduce herself to the team like everyone else and because everyone was saying “I want to be a world/olympic Champion”, she ended up saying the same thing, but at the time, she thought, “lol, I’d be happy to just be a national champion sometime”.
It was in 2003 that she suddenly asked herself what she wanted out of life and started seriously striving to be on the world stage.
She talked about how difficult the pressure leading up to the Olympics was for her (“People expect me to win, but the more you win, there are more things in your heart and it weighs you down”), and how difficult it was to try and come back.
She talked about her injury 42 days before the London Olympics and said “In that moment I was relieved because it was over. Everything, the good and the bad, it came to an end.”
She made a decision in May 2013 to go back to Wuhan and teach gymnastics, because a friend of her’s said “A sport like gymnastics, if an athlete who actually competed, like you, won’t go and teach and popularize it, then it’s impossible for someone else to do it better.”