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Lang Ping, the Chinese volleyball coach who led the women’s team to victory, forged her own path overseas en route to regaining her country’s respect

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
ang, nicknamed the "Iron Hammer" during her heyday as the star spiker of the team that won the gold in 1984, rejected a government job offer to study in the U.S. after being involved in a corruption investigation over funding for a training center. She later coached teams in Europe and the U.S.
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.