Chongqing- Li Xuerui, a former member of the Chinese National badminton team and an Olympic champion from Chongqing, won the badminton championship at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. As athletes, they are working hard with a dream that they even cannot decide by themselves under the loneliness that most people cannot bear. And that is that most people do not know or understand.
When an athlete wants to achieve some results, he/she have to get more strict training, with hard insistence. Every competitive athlete is accompanied by sweat, pain, and loneliness along the way. Although they have team members, they still just compete with themselves. All in the public eyes, compared to popular stars, they can live in the spotlight every day to enjoy the cheers of the audience, fans’ pursuit, they get thousands of times the exposure than athletes. But how many of you will pay attention outside the game of competitive sports or pay attention to participating athletes?
Athletes have to train day after day to qualify for the most-watched Olympic Games, which are held every four years. To them, insistence becomes a habit.
On the other hand, with sports development, more and more people choose to take part in sports training. However, the more people get training; the more ones get injured, including Li Xuerui. Insisting to recover and return to the competition terrain is another hard but goal to achieve. For this episode of Faces of Chongqing, we interviewed the Olympic championship, Li Xuerui, sharing her story and insistence in her sports life.
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