Olympics medals

The Cost of Gold Medals

An Olympic gold medal costs China about 30-80 million yuan to win. How does the cost break down? Read on, from Qianliexian Wants to Speak blog article dated Aug. 26, 2004. This article was originally published in Chinese...

China’s Gold Medals Came at a High Price

The Los Angeles Times looks at the grueling lives of Chinese Olympic athletes: While U.S. team members frequently hauled their parents to Beijing, most Chinese parents watched the Games on television. Chinese athletes train up...

A Fresh Face, and Questions, in the Pool for China

The New York Times looks at the surprise gold in women’s swimming won by newcomer Liu Zige: Who was this 19-year-old swimmer who had never competed in an international meet before? How had she shaved more than a second off...

China Starts its Gold Rush

Hannah Beech reports in the Time, from Beijing: As a symbol of its powerful reemergence, China’s first Olympic gold medal couldn’t have been any more fitting. On Saturday, just 12 hours after the blaze of fireworks...

Matthew Forney: China’s Gold Rush

Matthew Forney, a former Beijing bureau chief for Time, writes in the New York Times: Like the Soviet Union at the height of the cold war, China is looking to make a statement by winning more Summer Olympic gold medals than the...



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