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Even Ordinary Can Fly
April 20, 2015
Liu Xiang’s successes were as grand as his losses. Best known for winning gold in the 2004 Athens Olympic games in the 110-meter hurdles and for being the first Chinese athlete to smash a world record in a running event, he also became infamous for walking off the track because of injury in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. Liu Xiang's name was muddied for not finishing the races and "bringing shame to the whole nation” (critics can be harsh!). But no one in China should ever forget that Liu Xiang is the one that proved that an ordinary Chinese kid could dominate on the race track — and fly over the hurdles before him. On his retirement day, we reminded China of that fact, in order to shape the conversation and steer it away from the critics, and more importantly to honor him and inspire the next generation with his legacy.

Liu Xiang proved that even the ordinary can fly.
Liu Xiang’s successes were as grand as his losses. Best known for winning gold in the 2004 Athens Olympic games in the 110-meter hurdles and for being the first Chinese athlete to smash a world record in a running event, he also became infamous for walking off the track because of injury in the 2008 ...
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