Video: Liu Xiang atop Empire State Building

From the New York Times:

Liu Xiang, Chinese Olympic track and field star, appears soft-spoken and playful, posing for pictures and speaking through a translator atop the Empire State Building in New York City. Liu Xiang is featured in a video report by the New York Times, he is in town to compete in the Reebok Grand Prix on Randalls Island this Saturday.

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Liu Xiang, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles, at the Empire State Building on Wednesday. (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

Liu Xiang, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles, at the Empire State Building on Wednesday. (
Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

In baggy jeans, sneakers and a Nike windbreaker, Liu Xiang stood on the observation deck of the Empire State Building on Wednesday morning. Perhaps surprisingly, he did not have a sports psychologist at his side.
Just 71 days before the Beijing Games, Liu may be carrying a greater mental weight than any Olympic athlete. He is the biggest sports star in the world’s most populous nation — a nation that expects Liu to deliver a crowning moment in the Games by successfully defending his gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles.

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