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Jaw-dropping wire work to be performed in Nanjing

CCTV.com

08-08-2014 00:07 BJT

Full coverage: Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

The hardest wire-work stunt ever attempted is about to be shown to the world. Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid-August.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.

Almost 1000 students from the Shaolin Tagou Martial Arts School are undergoing strenuous training for their wire stunt in Nanjing. They get up at 5 a.m. and train for up to 18 hours. Cai Jianfeng, 14, is the youngest of the performers.

"It was very challenging at first. I got bruises all over. I began to get dizzy and threw up after a few minutes hanging in mid-air. But gradually I overcame all the difficulties. I think 120 of us hanging in the air and switching between complex formations will be spectacular. Especially the one when we form layers of circles. I think the audience will be blown away," he said.

Students from the school performed at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Paralympics, and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou. They set a series of records in those performances and are pressing further.

"This time our show is harder to accomplish than the Olympics and the Asian games. It's very different," the school’s troupe leader said.

The team has been training since March, and every move has been carefully choreographed. The performers will present 30 set pieces, and they will merge martial arts with expressive dancing.

The students are approaching the end of their arduous and grueling training process. After all their hard work, they will certainly be a major highlight at the opening ceremony on August 16.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.

Performers are training day and night for their big moment at the opening ceremony of the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Nanjing in mid August.



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