Back in the Swim

The Financial Times profiles 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, who won gold at the London Olympics amid widespread, but unproven, accusations of doping: The responses and statements of Chinese athletes can get lost in...

At Beidaihe, A Swim Test for China’s Leaders

Foreign Policy’s Isaac Stone Fish explores Chinese President Hu Jintao’s aversion to swimming, which leaders such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping once utilized to demonstrate their health and strength as rulers. As...

Olympic Association Says Ye Shiwen is “Clean”

Following veiled accusations from U.S. swim coach John Leonard that Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen had used illicit performance-enhacing drugs to win her record-breaking gold medal on Saturday, many in the industry have risen to her...

Doping Accusations Dog Chinese Swim Champion

With the London Olympics underway, the first doping scandal of the games seems to have hit and it involves 16-year-old Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen. Ye won a gold on Saturday after making record time in the 400 meter medley,...

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...

U.S. Coach Is Suspicious Of China’s Swim Program – Amy Shipley

From The Washington Post: Shortly before the U.S. team concluded one of its most successful swimming world championships in history, U.S. men’s team coach Dave Salo expressed surprise that China was not more competitive, saying the nation’s sluggish performance raised suspicions that it was keeping its best swimmers sequestered in China so they could avoid […]

Swimming: China’s missing children

From the Times: The plot is as horrifying as it is simple. One hundred of China’s most talented junior swimmers are gathered together for a test day in Beijing in late 2001 after the city won the right to stage the 2008 Games. Fifty are chosen to remain there with the national team under the […]



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