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China’s ‘mudslides,’ the goofy and flamboyant Olympic athletes who have won over Chinese social media, bring youthful verve to a normally staid team

2 months ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
icknamed "mudslides" by fans, young Olympic athletes from China — including the emoji-inspiring swimmer Fu Yuanhui, the marriage-proposing diver Qin Kai and the gold-shoe-wearing weightlifter Lyu Xiaojun — are giving the nation's team an energetic makeover.
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is the editor-in-chief of SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.