2001 Photo Contest, Sports, 3rd prize

Greg Baker

The Associated Press

14 April, 2000

A nine-year-old boy practices on the parallel bars. The state-sponsored Shichahai sports school in Beijing selects and coaches young athletes to become future Olympians. Training is rigorous. Medical screening and X-rays keep track of the children's physical development, and discipline is taught at an early age. The gymnastics regime is one of the most demanding. Days begin at 7.00 am and end at 9.30 pm, with academic work in the morning and gymnastics in the afternoons.

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Greg Baker

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