This is a mean article. Especially since reports are that Yang Yilin is
extremely, almost painfully shy. She's not use to media attention either..Shawn Johnson has been living in the media spotlight for quite a long
time. Of course she's going to be more comfortable with reporters. Also Shawn
doesn't have reporters trying to trip her up with "gotcha questions.There are plenty of photographs out there of Yang Yilin smiling and laughing
with her teammates. Which suggests she's not the miserable creature this
reporter is trying to make her into being. Maybe, she was just miserable
talking to HIM.
who wrote this? weird...
I've lived and worked in China for over 8 years and the living and work
conditions here for many people her age are not that different from what you
describe. Most rural 16 year olds see the family once a year. Most work insane
hours and have little time off (and no spare money to spend when they do). This
is not unique to the girls in the gym. Remember it is the long hours, no free
time and low pay that gives you the clothes on your back, the toys for your
children and the appliances for your home that you don't want to pay any more
for. Why would you be surprised that the working conditions for athletes
wouldn't be the same as the rest of the society? These gyms have less to do
with soviet era techniques and more connection to the capitalist policies that
keep all the stuff we think we need cheap in the USA. Spend some more time in
China and you'll see that even with the harsh conditions people believe things
are improving, are often happy and deserving of whatever their hard work earns
them - especially olympic medals!