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August 4th, 2008
12:05 PM ET

China's gold machine


CNN's John Vause reports on China's quest for Olympic gold, and how hard its athletes are pushed to get it.


Filed under: Olympics
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Gary Chandler in Canada

    Somebody should tell those parents that if they used all the money they use to make their children suffer for lottery tickets they would have about the same chance for a pay off; and the winnings would be their money.

    August 5, 2008 at 3:01 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    Children should be allowed to be children and not be co-opted for the goals of the state. If a child wants to do this sort of activity and be pushed like this, fine. But if they don't, they shouldn't have to. And to say that not winning invalidates all your past achievements is terribly wrong – exactly what do they use for incentive for these athletes?

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    August 4, 2008 at 9:15 pm |
  3. Gary Chandler in Canada

    The IOC is guilty for allowing this.

    August 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm |
  4. Stacy

    That's just horrible. Those poor kids. And what's going to happen to the athletes that don't get the gold?

    August 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  5. Jolene

    John: Although I’m not surprised that the Chinese would instill such discipline, you can’t help but wonder if they are going too far especially with children that young. I’m all for children starting a gymnastics program but they should want to do it, not be forced. These children did not look like they were enjoying themselves at all. Seeing the one moan and cry was a bit alarming. It is always interesting to learn about another culture. Thanks.

    August 4, 2008 at 4:56 pm |