Liu Xiang

Stumbling at the First Hurdle

In a flashback to the London Olympics, one netizen compared track star Liu Xiang’s Olympic defeat...

Fans “Cheated” by Liu’s Scripted Olympic Tragedy

Liu Xiang’s one-legged finish after falling at the first hurdle in London seemed to offer a dramatic counterpoint to China’s “gold or nothing” approach to the games. CCTV presenter Yang Jian choked up as...

Profiting from Liu Xiang’s Defeat

A real estate company in Chengdu, Sichuan Province tried to profit from Liu Xiang’s failure at the London Olympics: SmartEyeView: This is an ad for a Chengdu real estate company. That was fast. Do you think Liu Xiang should sue?...

The Olympics: Just Games?

For the Chinese, the Olympics have always been something more than just games: the longstanding medal-oriented ideology has linked sports achievements to national glory. As the 2012 London Olympics loom, although the national...

Liu Isn’t Rushing in Return to Track

Liu Xiang, China’s great hurdling hope at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was at the track recently, but he wasn’t competing. From The Wall Street Journal: This was Mr. Liu’s second public appearance since returning...

Propaganda Officials Set Tone for Liu Xiang Coverage

Jim Yardley, of the New York Times, reports that Chinese propaganda officials have ordered only sympathetic coverage of Liu Xiang: After Liu hobbled off the track, China’s Internet was filled with comments that ranged from...

China’s Liu Fails To Start Hurdles (Updated With Photos)

Nick Mulvenney reports in the Reuters: Liu Xiang’s dream of defending his Olympic title on home soil ended on Monday when he failed to start his first-round heat in the 110 meters hurdles. China’s world champion, the...

Sports Round-up 07.17: Yao Back, Liu Still Broken

Mixed news for China’s stable of Olympics heroes. As the Washington Post reports, basketball superstar Yao Ming made his first appearance in competition since being seriously injured in an NBA game in February, and...

Liu Xiang’s Olympic Hurdles

The Times’ John Goodbody takes a look at China’s great athletic medal hope, Liu Xiang: It has always been destined to be a victory parade, the moment when the Chinese celebrate their staging of the Olympics with the...

Update: Liu Xiang Misses Race With Tight Hamstring

From Sports Illustrated: Chinese track and field athlete Liu Xiang was scheduled to compete in this Saturday’s Reebok Grand Prix event in New York. Liu had to drop out of the event due to a tight hamstring but appeared...

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...

Who Is Liu?

From Times Online: “Girls like him, old ladies like him, even men,” says Feng Shuyong, head coach of China’s national athletics team. But who is Liu Xiang? He is the 110 metres hurdles Olympic champion, just one of...



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