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King of the rings doesn't come easy

[ 2012-07-30 11:06] 来源:中国日报网     字号 [] [] []  
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After its seven-gold-medal performance at the Beijing Games in 2008, the Chinese men's gymnastics team was hit with a wave of retirements.

There have been times in the ensuing years when Chen Yibing wished he would've been among them.

And yet here he is, the defending champion in the rings and the team competition, back in London as the core of a young team.

Even now, Chen admits he's worried he'll end his career on a sour note. Doubt began creeping in back in 2009, when he could only claim bronze in the rings at the National Games, and was disqualified in the finals of the World Championships a month later.

"I was busy in various activities and loose in training after the Olympic Games. When I restarted my training in 2009, different problems came to me, one after another," Chen said. "I received too much applause and too many flowers after the Olympics. I was a little lost and didn't train as hard as before."

In the midst of all that, Chen was appointed captain of the Chinese men's gymnastics team at the end of 2009.

"The trust of (head coach Huang Yubin) was a boost to me. I felt the power and confidence I had lost come back to me again. The team needed me and I had to shoulder the responsibility," Chen said.

Chen was back.

He won gold medals at the 2010 Rotterdam World Championship, the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games and the 2011 Tokyo World Championship.

"I stood up from where I fell down," said Chen, nicknamed "the king of the rings". "I fought back against the public's distrust with my hard work and accomplishment. I am still the kind of person who can change my fate with persistent effort."

Chen is hoping to become the first to win consecutive gold medals in the rings.

"I hope I can be 'the first man of rings,' " he said.


1. Who is the Chinese athlete that hopes to be the “king of the rings” ?

2. Which sport does he compete in?

3. Who is the head coach of the men’s gymnastics team?


1. Chen Yibing.

2. Men’s gymnastics.

3. Huang Yubin.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

King of the rings doesn't come easy

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King of the rings doesn't come easy

CJ Henderson is a foreign expert for China Daily's online culture department. CJ is a graduate of the University of Sydney where she completed a Bachelors degree in Media and Communications, Government and International Relations, and American Studies. CJ has four years of experience working across media platforms, including work for 21st Century Newspapers in Beijing, and a variety of media in Australia and the US.