Monday, September 1, 2008

Liu Xiang Melt Down


He was in a situation where he must win. He can’t lose the race. Then he cried out of it citing injury.
What happened?
businessweek.com
Was It Injury?
OK, how serious? Tendonitis, hamstring?
He faked it, or it's a government cover-up?
Or is this an honorable out ? A face-saving act?
english.gazzetta.it
Fear of Failure?
Was he afraid to face the Cuban who is the new world record holder?

Expectation of the Nation too Heavy?
90,000 in the Birdnest was waiting for him to perform. Anoth
er 1.3 billion was waiting for their favorite son, boyfriend and brother to perform.

Advertisers Expectations Him to Win for Big Payday?
Advertisers money was also riding on him. Nike, Coca-Cola, Visa, and McDonald's, not to mention more than a dozen Chinese brands. A win will their goods leverage better. He earns at least USD$23 mil last year according to Forbes.

Country's Political and Sports Leadership?
The nation's political and sports leadership was waiting for him to win gold again on behalf of the Chinese. In 2004 he was hailed as the hero of China. With a charming face with an easy smile the 6ft 2in hurdler exudes charisma.
With so much at stake even a cherubic face does not make him into an angel. He is still flesh and blood, with emotions and feelings. Motivations to win, temptations that distracts and fears of the unknowns.

To err is human and to forgive is divine. Most of the 1.3bil have forgiven him. The said he has done a lot for his motherland and he has given his best. The advertisers have Plan B and hedges. Money can still be made without the gold medal. Hope that he can learn from his mistakes and fears. Hope the injury will heal quickly for another shot in London 2012.

Hope that the country's sports and political leaders will forgive and forget. With 51 golds, 21 silvers and 28 bronzes (100 medalists in all) it may be easier than 4 years ago.

2 comments:

Life for Beginners said...

It can't be easy being a hero to millions. Here's to better things in his future. :)

backstreetgluttons said...

truth be told... he will fade into sporting oblivion for he is now too rich. take away all his money maybe he can perform , but that will be before he became champion, such as Rome was history