2005 Photo Contest, Sports Feature, Stories, 3rd prize
Photographer

Qiu Yan

Wuhan Evening News

24 August, 2004

A group of four-year-old children practice sit-ups, while their coach presses down on a cushion. Some 140 children, from four to ten years old and coming from all over China, study at the Li Xiaoshuang Gymnastics School. Chinese Olympic gold medalists Li Xiaoshuang, Yang Wei and Zheng Liwei all studied at this academy. Training is arduous, but China's success in Olympics-level gymnastics has encouraged greater numbers of parents to send their offspring to this and similar sports schools.

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Qiu Yan

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