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Date: 08/03/12 12:30 PM

39 Responses to Family Kept Family Deaths Secret From Athlete

  1. Profile photo of shiftyplus1
    shiftyplus1 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:21 pm
    Link: Family Kept Family Deaths Secret From Athlete - Chinese diver Wu Minxia`s family kept her grandparents` deaths secret from her until she won gold. Hope it was worth it.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm
    Well damn that was cold
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm
    if I was competing in a worldwide competition I`ve been training for my whole life, I would like that to be kept secret at least until I`m done.
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    BBJellyFish Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:37 pm
    Hope is was worth it? poofyPlus1, stfu. The Olympics is a once in a life time opportunity. Not many people get a chance to win a gold metal for something they love to do. I would have wanted my parents to lie to me too. If you have something like that in your head there`s no way you would do your best. Healthy mind, healthy body. Her grandparents would have wanted her to win and do her best.
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    neojester12 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm
    Yeah, I`m with jendrian and BBJellyFish; of course you keep something like that from someone you care about until the OLYMPICS are over.
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    Brometheus Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm

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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Sensible. I doubt the grandfather would have wanted
    to be the cause for the kid being off form and losing.
    It`s just as sad today as it is two days later.
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    slightlys Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm
    Communism just seems so awesome.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm
    This kind of training should be discouraged by the Olympic committee. Let the damn kids have a freaking childhood for goodness sake.
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    shiftyplus1 Male 18-29
    311 posts
    August 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm
    Awwww someone`s upset with me still. Hee Hee
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    kangoala Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm
    Agreed, they made the right decision. Yeah, it may seem a bit heartless, but come on, she`s at the OLYMPICS!
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    ajd121 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm
    Hmmm, I just realized I have been training for a beer pong tournament and I haven`t talked to my grandparents in a few months OH NO!
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    Andrew155 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm
    I seriously don`t understand what`s wrong with this. Is it really worth telling her two days before and possibly spoiling possibly her one and only chance?

    The family was looking out for her, it would be irresponsible to put that much stress on a little girl right before her competition. Better to wait two days.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    CONGRATS YOUR GRANDPARENTS ARE DEAD!! Now back to the camp!!
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    Zieveraar Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm
    The grandparents died last year? What the hell? And they didn`t bother to tell their daughter? Now that is beyond heartless.
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    paddy215 Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:28 pm
    "This kind of training should be discouraged by the Olympic committee. Let the damn kids have a freaking childhood for goodness sake."

    Do you honestly think any of the nations competing in these sorts of competitions have childhoods?

    People need to stop making excuses for the Chinese success and congratulate them just like they do for every other country. Its getting pathetic.

    By the way the parents here were 100% correct to do this, if they were American or European this wouldn`t even have been posted.
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    yackedyyack Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    @paddy215 Yes, It wouldn`t have been posted, because it wouldn`t have happened.
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    ShadowVamp Female 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    If they had held off the news for a day or two I would understand. Like Gerry said, the grandparents wouldn`t want their deaths to shock her and ruin her chances of getting the gold. However, it looks like they kept the information from her for years. That doesn`t make sense in my mind and seems a little heartless.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:52 pm
    @paddy: I don`t take anything away from the athletes themselves (as long as they aren`t doping), because they`ve put in the time. But it`s asinine to suggest that someone who trained in, America say, has no childhood. Clara Hughes didn`t even start training for the Olympics until she was 16! She said she was a smoker before that, and now she`s one of the few people to have won medals in both the summer AND winter games. China has a bad record of knowingly cheating, so any scrutiny they receive is well due.
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    yackedyyack Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    It`s not a couple of days, it was over a year her grandparents were dead.
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    Phixaen Female 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm
    They didn`t wait a few days, they waited a year or two.
    "Both of Wu`s grandparents died more than a year ago, but the diver knew nothing of their passing until this week."
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm
    Brometheus- I nearly wet myself with that one
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    evanbartlett Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    I would understand if it were a couple of days before competition, but `several years`?!? I took my MCAT`s 3 weeks after the death of my mom, and I did just fine. Either her parents are concerned that she doesn`t have any emotional stability, or else they`re entirely unable to understand a human`s ability to deal with tragedy. Likely, however, they were simply concerned with her getting a gold and not experiencing life.
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    Student_Law Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm
    Who cares about internal family decisions somewhere in China? We don`t know anything anyway. Interesting though, is the fact that they were able to carry on lying, for years without her noticing. She must have had a very loose relationship with grandparents she never spoke to, or maybe been a bit too isolated at diving school?
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    August 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm
    Weekend at Grandpa Bernie`s?
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    thelonious Male 40-49
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    August 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm
    Wait, they kept this secret for years? LOL, I think she would have had time to get over it and get back to training. Now you got trust issues to deal with. Might as well put that cold, Gold medal in where your heart used to be. A month from now people will be like, Wu who? ROFLOL
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    o_cantiflas Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 6:11 pm
    HEY PEOPLE! She won a olympic gold medal and you guys didn`t... Deal with it!
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    chknmcnuggts Male 18-29
    5 posts
    August 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm
    Seems like this is a cultural thing, Gabby Douglas left her family to go train with the best. Sometimes people make sacrifices to achieve great things. If my grandma was dying she probably would make my parents swear not to tell me until I won a gold medal. It`s a level of stoicism only the Spartans would understand.
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    Ajikan Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm
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    YANKmyDOODLE Male 30-39
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    August 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm
    who cares, i`ve never met one of my grandfathes. does that make my dad a horrible person or just a fat lazy bum?
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
    2550 posts
    August 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm
    It`s not that bad
    If you k ow a person who has put blood, sweat, tears for years training for an event that is held every four year; you wouldn`t want to give them a news that may affect their performance.
    In this case old relatiives died, they tend to, & will remain dead wether she knows about it or not .
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    paperduck Male 18-29
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    August 3, 2012 at 10:59 pm
    It would make more sense to hide it from her if it happened a couple of days to a few weeks before the olympics, but 2 years?? I doubt she would have been that devastated for so long. I dunno, it`s their cultural values I suppose.
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    sutra46 Female 40-49
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    August 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm
    Read the comment, it was over a year? So she did n`t see or talk to them for a long time and now ithe same will continue. Sounds OK.
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    BlankTom Male 30-39
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    August 4, 2012 at 5:05 am
    i love how many people commented before actually reading the article. Are we this lazy as a society?
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    August 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm
    @BlankTom you underestimate how lazy we are.
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    8BitHero Male 18-29
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    August 5, 2012 at 5:41 am
    It`s pretty harsh, but understandable. But keeping it from her for that long... not cool

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