Hangzhou, the cradle of Chinese swimming champions Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen

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Every summer, Chen Jinglun Sports School in Hangzhou is flooded with children whose parents hope they’ll join China’s next generation of swimming champions, the city planning even more swimming centers now with the success in London. This video off cncworld.tv probably quite biased countered by for instance this video off 3news.co.nz, where a kid is quoted for saying “compared with the Olympic gold medalists I have a long way to go. They train all the time, non-stop, every day. I only train in the morning and the afternoon”. Or you could go tabloid and see a little girl crying because of her coach stepping on her legs. According to China Daily, Zhejiang Provincial Sports Bureau is going to add bronze statues of Sun Yang and Ye Shiwen to the 4 already standing outside the Hangzhou Stadium, of Lou Yun (gymnast), Luo Xuejuan (swimmer), Wu Xiaoxuan (shooter) and Zheng Xiongying (volleyball player).

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