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China welcomes athletes home- Heroes without medals

08-14-2012 00:51 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

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The London Olympics has drawn the final curtain, and China is welcoming its athletes home. Unlike other teams that are triumphantly returning with their hard worn medals, the Rhythmic Gymnastics team and the Canoe and Kayak team left London with a pang of regret, wondering what reception they’d receive back home?

For the past few days, people have been gathering at this exit at the airport, waiting for the last Air China flight of the day from London. They’re here to welcome the athletes returning from the Olympics. Unsurprisingly, a lot of the limelight has gone to the medal winning teams, but China’s crowds haven’t forgotten their unsung heroes in the Rhythmic Gymnastics and Canoeing teams and all the hard work they put in to preparing for the Olympics.

Xie Yin, General Admin. of Sport, said, "We had only one athlete in the Rhythmic Gymnastics event this year, Deng Senyue, and this is her first time at the Olympics. She’s done really well and exceeded our expectations, she’ll be 24 at the next Olympics in Brazil, and we expect her performance to be even better."

And team mates know best the hard work that’s gone into the training.

The London Olympics has drawn the final curtain, and China is welcoming its athletes home.

Yang Yuqing, Athlete of National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, said, "As their team mate, I know how hard the training is, we need to practise all forty patterns, that’s 8 to 10 hours of training each day.

The Canoeing team got off the plane first, and received a warm welcome from fans and supporters.

"The results at this Olympics were not as good as we’d hoped, but I’m glad everyone did their best and worked as a team." Athlete of National Canoeing Team said.

Following behind was the single athlete in this year’s Rhythmic Gymnastics team, Deng Senyue.

Deng Senyue, National Rhythmic Gymnastics Team, said, "I’m surprised to see so many people welcoming us home, it’s very touching."

The nature of the Games is competition, there can be only one winner, but the spirit of the Olympics inspires more than just competitiveness, and these warm moments add a human touch to the celebrations.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CCTV.com

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