Posted by Joel Martinsen on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 1:25 PM
Information Times, March 9, 2010
After speed skater Zhou Yang won the 1,500 meters short-track at Vancouver, she mentioned her parents but neglected to thank her country for supporting her in her quest for an Olympic gold medal.
Her ingratitude was criticized by Yu Zaiqing, an International Olympic Committee vice-chairman and a deputy director at the National Sports Bureau. Yu said that she ought to thank the country first.
Today's Information Times reports that Zhou has taken the criticism to heart.
The paper's front-page story emphasizes the involuntary nature of her do-over: "Zhou Yang offers a second thanks meeting to the leader's standard" and "Zhou Yang follows orders and does it again" are headlines. Zhou's second statement now thanks the country first and foremost, and puts her parents last, after her supporters, her coach, and other sports staff.
Zhou's initial remarks after winning the gold:
Yu Zaiqing's criticism:
Zhou Yang's mother, Wang Shuying:
Zhou Yang's second statement, made yesterday:
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