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China’s dominant Olympic divers demonstrate the ability of state-run sports academies to produce top athletes

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
hina's Soviet-style sports system has softened somewhat as fewer families are willing to submit their children to years of rigorous training, but it still produces top athletes.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.