Photo: Family of Chinese gold medalist withheld news of grandparents' death.

"Congratulations on your gold medal! Oh, and your grandparents have both been dead -- for a year!"

Chinese diver Wu Minxia started heavy training at the age of 6, and was sent off to a full-time training camps at the age of 16.

Her grandparents died a year ago, and her mother had a long battle with breast cancer. Both facts were withheld from her so she wouldn't be distracted from her training.

Her father told a Chinese newspaper: "We accepted a long time ago that she doesn't belong entirely to us. I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."

The story has triggered a national discussion in China about the personal costs of Olympic success.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/londonspy/family-hid-deaths-diver-until-she-won-gold-093108196.html
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Mike Elgan
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Family of Chinese gold medalist withheld news of grandparents' death.

"Congratulations on your gold medal! Oh, and your grandparents have both been dead -- for a year!"

Chinese diver Wu Minxia started heavy training at the age of 6, and was sent off to a full-time training camps at the age of 16.

Her grandparents died a year ago, and her mother had a long battle with breast cancer. Both facts were withheld from her so she wouldn't be distracted from her training.

Her father told a Chinese newspaper: "We accepted a long time ago that she doesn't belong entirely to us. I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."

The story has triggered a national discussion in China about the personal costs of Olympic success.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/londonspy/family-hid-deaths-diver-until-she-won-gold-093108196.html

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