The “win at all costs” mentality is why the Chinese will rule the world in about 40 years. You may not like it, and you may not agree with it, but while American kids are getting fat and worthless on fast food and Xbox, Chinese kids get shipped off to athletic boarding schools where they don’t even get told their grandparents are dead.
Wu Minxia won the gold medal in the 3-meter synchronized springboard, which made her the first woman in history to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same event. In order to celebrate that moment, her father decided this was a good time to tell her about her dead relatives and that her own mother had been battling breast cancer for eight years.
Minxia’s parents have no qualms over this; they considered lying to be “essential” to Wu’s maintaining focus on her training.
“It was essential to tell this white lie,” said her father Wu Yuming.
Let that sink in for a minute. As Americans, we’ve become such complete pantywastes we fire football coaches for yelling at players. Can you imagine what would happen if we did something like this? You’d have every dickweed from Dr. Phil on down crying about how abusive we are to our very own children. Shit, they already do that even though most American kids are a bunch of pampered little marshmallows who throw tantrums in supermarkets and get winded watching television.
Here’s the problem. The very same Americans who will bitch and moan about this level of inhumanity are merely the photo-negative of it. The issue here isn’t that Olympians have to make sacrifices; that’s universal. The issue is the Chinese culture is one which values focus and discipline, while America is becoming the exact opposite. Both approaches are extreme, and neither is particularly healthy.