Found August 02, 2012 on
Philly Sports Live:
Chinese diver Wu Minxia‘s celebrations at winning a third Olympic gold medal were cut short after her family revealed the details of a devastating secret they had kept for several years.
Wu’s parents decided to withhold news of both the death of her grandparents and of her mother’s long battle with breast cancer until after she won the 3-meter springboard in London so as to not interfere with her diving career.
The story of Wu’s family secret has generated huge discussion in China, where the pursuit of success has been chased by the government-backed sports national sports program with unshakeable zeal over the past two decades.
In China, athletes are often taken away from their families at a young age and placed in specialist training schools where they practice for hours every day. Wu began training daily at a diving camp at the age of 6. By the time she was 16, she had left home to be installed in a government aquatic sports institute.
She has become one of her sport’s all-time g...
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It’s no secret that China values success in sport, especially in events like the Olympics where competition is on a grander, international scale, to the point that they are willing to sacrifice family, friends, and almost all aspect of normalcy in life in order to achieve their Olympic glory. Diver Wu Minxia understands this all too well, as it was revealed to her, following...
Wu Minxia won the gold in the 3m springboard for China. And shortly thereafter, she was told that her grandmother had lost her battle with breast cancer.
The day before? No. Last week? No.
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Wu Minxia won three gold medals at the 2012 Olympics for diving, but her most significant memory of the games might be the knowledge that her parents had been lying to her for years. After winning gold, Wu's parents finally revealed that her grandparents had died over a year ago, but they hadn't told her because they didn't want to distract her from training. They also...