On August 20, 2016, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the 2016 Rio Olympic Women's Volleyball Award Ceremony was held. Photo courtesy of Visual China
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Yes, and only one team can make an appearance in this way——
On October 1, 2019, at the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, members of the Chinese Women’s Volleyball Team took the "Long Live the Motherland" float to Tiananmen Square to greet the public.
In 1984, at the 35th anniversary of the National Day, the Chinese women's volleyball team first appeared on the National Day floats. China has made clear its direction through reform and opening up. A popular slogan was placed on Tiananmen Square that year: "Unite and revitalize China."
Soon after the 70th National Day ceremony, Cheng Jianping, secretary of the Party Committee of Beijing Normal University, met Lang Ping, the main attacker of the women's volleyball team and now the head coach of women's volleyball. He recalled that when he was observing the National Day ceremony in 1984, he was a student and asked the Chinese women's volleyball team to sign the student ID. When he graduated, his student ID had to be returned. He was reluctant to lie to the school that the ID was lost.
Today, no team can make people so crazy like the Chinese women's volleyball team. In 1981, the Chinese women's volleyball team won the world championship for the first time in Japan. Fu Hao, the Chinese ambassador to Japan, who celebrated their achievements, wrote a poem saying "Tomorrow's class will go, and the country will be full of gongs and drums." Less than a month after returning home, this team received more than 30,000 letters.
In the past 40 years, the Chinese women's volleyball team has changed a new generation of players, with ups and downs in competition results, but it is not just a team name, nor only refers to a sport, but an inspiring term.
Lang Ping, who has experienced changes in the times, described: "The'Women's volleyball spirit' is not about winning championships, but knowing that sometimes you won't win, and will do your best. It is swaying along the way, but standing up and shaking the dust on the body, still eyes firm. ."
"Times are different, but the spirit of struggle never goes out of style. She is the Noah's Ark who has reached the other side of her dream." She said in an article.
On October 1, Tianjin, the audience braved the rain to the Tianjin Art Museum to visit the "National Honor-Chinese Women's Volleyball Spirit Exhibition". Photo courtesy of Visual China
For many years, Lang Ping has put her goal very concisely: "As long as we represent the Chinese team in the competition, our goal is to raise the national flag and play the national anthem."
The most watched event for the Chinese women's volleyball team in recent years was the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, especially against the Brazilian women's volleyball team under the adverse circumstances.
Beijing time August 17, 2016, Rio Maracanacino Stadium. There are almost all Brazilian audiences in the hall, shouting, shouting, singing the Brazilian national anthem, like a large concert. The reporters in the media booth even put on earplugs.
There was only a faint light at the beginning, and the surroundings were dim. Hui Ruoqi, the then head of the Chinese women's volleyball team, couldn't see the audience clearly, but when she ran out from behind the scenes, she felt a different atmosphere. The audience was shouting, surrounded by stereo, and she felt that "people are so excited that they are a bit hallucinatory."
The Chinese women's volleyball team lost to the Dutch team in the first game in Rio. Looking at the historical record, China and the Netherlands have 18 wins and 6 losses. Unexpectedly, as soon as they played in Rio, the Chinese team hit a nail. In the end, the Chinese team ran into the host Brazil team ahead of schedule with the fourth place in the group.
The Chinese team has played against Brazil 18 times in 8 years, losing 18 times in a row. As the two Olympic champions in 2008 and 2012, Brazil won all five games in the group stage. Even the most optimistic people put a smile on the Chinese team.
The day before the game, the girls lined up to run as usual. The older players have long known that they will not have the opportunity to participate in the Olympics. The young player said: "We may never be able to play together again in the future, so we will practice today as the last game and the last training session."
After the training, the assistant coach began to exhale the volleyball, "If I can train again tomorrow, I will blow them up with my mouth."
A friend from afar proposed to take a photo with the women's volleyball girl. Lang Ping hesitated, "because I don't want to strengthen the farewell atmosphere." In that photo, everyone laughed, except Zhu Ting.
Zhu Ting was already the leading scorer of the Chinese team at that time, and the pressure on the opponent's attack was great. She remembered: "In the Olympic Village, there are good news every day. Our team won gold, silver, and bronze medals. Unlike the Grand Prix, it won the gold medal in the end. That feeling is also an invisible pressure."
After lunch, Lang Ping pretended to easily invite Zhu Ting for a walk, but she refused.
"I played in the same position as her. I also participated in the Olympics. I was also the main scorer. I really put a lot of pressure on myself at critical times." Lang Ping said, "It can be seen that Zhu Ting really can't laugh. The whole mind is thinking about the game. , I'm joking with her, and you can tell what she thinks by looking at her eyes: I'm joking all the time! It feels like she's tense.
After the training, Zhu Ting received a text message from Lang Ping: "Zhu Ting, my disciples are all over the world, but you are the one I am most proud of. Standing on the court today, you are the best one, come on."
The coach rarely sends messages to players. There was no one in the room, and Zhu Ting, who was restrained emotionally, cried after watching.
Before playing the Brazilian team, Lang Ping told the players that because the odds of winning are not much, let go of the fight, "a bite is a bite", "You Brazil wants to win the championship and pass the level of my Chinese team."
She told the players that in the 1980s, the old women's volleyball team won the "three consecutive championships" and all played against the host team. The Brazilian team wants to win the championship and the second place is under even more pressure. "Although the Brazilian team is indeed better than us, we must rush out and continue to put pressure on them. Once they reach a certain critical point, they will definitely fluctuate themselves. This is our opportunity."
That night, Xu Yunli took out the snacks, and everyone chatted as they ate, what to say. Some small players directly asked the big players, why did the key serve make a mistake? "No big or small!" But everyone opened their hearts.
Until afterwards, the BBC commented that this game may have shown the most extreme aspect of volleyball. The Brazilian women's volleyball team is superior to its opponents in all statistics, and almost every point of victory is so bad; and in the persevering boos of Brazilian fans, how did Lang Ping's young players endure uninterrupted The pressure of passing is almost a mystery.
Standing on the field against Brazil, Hui Ruoqi realized that this might be his last goal in the national team. "It's a kind of fate for everyone to play together. Today may be the last time I will help you fill the spot, and you will pass the ball for me the last time."
"We were already like that back then, it doesn't matter." Zhang Changning, who was born in a volleyball family in 1995, only said three words-"Just do it!"
Gong Xiangyu stood on the bench, shouting heartbreakingly. "Think about it, at that time, the goose bumps all over the body were all up."
The Chinese team lost by a big score in the first game, and the Brazilian team is bound to win. At the beginning of the second game, Liu Xiaotong and Zhang Changning played, and the situation changed drastically. "I didn't expect the girls to behave so well, so I told them that I would be like a tiger and bite them a few bites." Lang Ping said, "In the final game, the Brazilian team's serve was reversed. The bullet-like serve in one game is not so bad, it proves that their pressure has reached a critical point."
Liu Xiaotong, the fourth main attacker of the Chinese team, withstood the main attack position when Zhang Changning, the second main attacker, went to respond. "Just thinking about rushing forward, but never thinking about how to back up." Liu Xiaotong recalled to a reporter from China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily.
Zhang Changning felt that he had played the best game of his career. He didn't feel nervous at the time. When I watched the video afterwards, his palms were sweating, "I don't have the same hand feeling until now." She remembered that she didn't see the Chinese flag when she entered the arena. As soon as she scored, all the flags were displayed.
When the Chinese women’s volleyball team won the second and third rounds in a row, the Brazilian players panicked, their faces tense, unable to squeeze a smile, and the experienced Sierra and Taiza also started to make mistakes. Minute.
The game pulled to the fifth round of the tiebreaker. Sheila made a mistake in serving and the Chinese team got the match point. Zhang Changning said: "That's not her level at all, she won't make any mistakes in training 10 times. That time she made a mistake."
14:13, the Chinese team leads. When the Brazilian team served, Lang Ping suddenly called a timeout.
"At that time, I wanted everyone to be quiet and bring their thoughts back. Because the opportunity came, they often had different ideas. At this time, we should focus on the ball instead of considering the result, because the result of the game can change instantly." Lang Ping Say.
"Director Lang first arranged with Sister Yue (Wei Qiuyue) how to play the last ball, then turned to me and let me prepare for the back attack. I looked at Sister Yue and found that she was already watching me. Until the timeout ended, We went on the field. Before the referee blew the whistle to signal the opponent to serve, we both said nothing, just looked at each other and kept looking at each other..."
Afterwards, Zhu Ting recalled that she and Wei Qiuyue "confirmed their eyes".
"That was the first time I felt my heartbeat on the court since I played, and it felt like it was about to explode, because that point was really important to us. Sure enough, Sister Yue gave me a back attack. In fact, I It’s a bit stiff to move forward, take off, including the swing of his arm, but I am very determined. I want this point!"
The sound of cheering stopped the moment the ball fell. Under the broadcast camera, a small Brazilian fan's big eyes were crying, covering his face and crying in his mother's arms. The electronic version of the five-star red flag was still flashing on the screen, and a second later, a little boy wearing the Brazilian yellow-green flag appeared. He ran to the Brazilian coach Guimares sitting there alone.
An adult man and an immature child hugged tightly for 5 minutes. At that time, some people even speculated that this was the son of the coach.
The BBC said that the tears of the little boy seemed to remind us that you don’t need to know the details to appreciate the charm of the game. Sometimes, what a game affects you is just that it is like you will inevitably experience in life. You have exhausted all your strength, but victory is still out of reach. One day in the future, he may be able to understand that this is also the beautiful side of competitive sports.
After the game, Lang Ping changed his soaked clothes in a corner of the press conference. She described the reversal of the Chinese team to reporters: "People are dying, their mental state is definitely different."
She glanced back, "Take a step back, the abyss."
When she was about to leave, she told reporters: "Don't talk about the spirit of the women's volleyball team just because of victory, but also see the process of our hard work. The spirit of the women's volleyball team has always been there, and the spirit alone cannot win, and it must be skilled."
Lang Ping believes that the reversal of the second game is the key to winning the whole game. When she fell behind 6:11, her mentality did not fluctuate. "I called a timeout at the time and told the players, don’t worry. "The Chinese team caught up to 15:16. "The rhythm of the Brazilian team has actually been disrupted by us." With hindsight, the fluctuations of the Brazilian team after losing the second game gave the Chinese team a chance to overtake.
郎平认为，第二局的逆转是赢得整场比赛的关键。当她落后于6:11时，她的心态并没有波动。 “我当时叫暂停，告诉球员们，别担心。”中国队赶上了15:16。 “巴西队的节奏实际上已经被我们打断了。”事后看来，巴西队在输掉第二场比赛后的波动给了中国队一个超越的机会。
A senior sports reporter said that the Chinese women's volleyball team is a "nobleman" cultivated in only three generations. He has experienced ups and downs, and is calm when it comes to major events. "Among the three major goals, why aren't other events as commendable as the women's volleyball team, because they have never won and don't know what a championship is like."
The Chinese women's volleyball team lost in the first match of the group match of the Rio Olympic Games. Lang Ping was silent on the bus back to the Olympic village. A team meeting will be held in the evening to let everyone summarize how they lost. The players cited many reasons. For example, the opponent smashed the ball very fast, he smashed the ball tightly, he was excited to kill a ball, and he made a whisper if he didn't play well...
"The opponent is eager to win, we think we should win." Lang Ping concluded, "We were dissatisfied with the reality if we were unsatisfactory in the game, and the opponent didn't care and wanted to bite you!"
After losing the Dutch team in the group stage, the Chinese team met again in the semifinals. Outside the stadium, the fans of the two teams met. The Dutch team supporter said to the assistant coach in the Chinese team uniform, "We won the first game, and we are set to win!"
The assistant coach replied lightly: "The Chinese women's volleyball team never loses the same opponent twice in a match."
The cycle of preparations for the Rio Olympics began in 2013. Since winning the 2004 Athens Olympics, the Chinese women's volleyball team has not tasted the highest podium for 9 years. In those years, Yao Ming brought the popularity of American men's professional basketball to China almost by himself; Li Na showed his domineering on the tennis court. In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese women's volleyball team lost to the United States at home, which was one of the most memorable defeats in recent years.
In 2008, after 30 years of reform and opening up, China became the host of the Olympic Games. The 48-year-old Lang Ping returned home to compete for the Olympics as the head coach of the American women's volleyball team, facing the Chinese women's volleyball team across the net.
The elimination of the Chinese women's volleyball team by the US women's volleyball team was one of the most watched moments during the Beijing Olympics. Some people on the Chinese Internet were indignant, calling Lang Ping a "traitor" or "traitor". Some people said that she "realized her personal value and lost national value."
After the game, Lang Ping talked with her friend, He Huixian, the vice chairman of the Chinese Olympic Committee, and said that after the game, he really didn't know how to get out of the stadium. She did not expect that many people yelled "Come on" to her, and never met anyone who accused her of winning the Chinese team.
Later, when the US women's volleyball team played in the final, the audience cheered for Lang Ping's team.
"As the head coach of the US women's volleyball team back home, I changed my role to experience an increasingly prosperous China, more tolerant, and more in line with the world." Lang Ping said.
Lang Ping has experienced the era when the Chinese most wanted to win. In 1981, the Women's Volleyball World Cup was held in Japan. The Chinese team reached the top of the world championship in seven games and seven victories, achieving a historic breakthrough in China's three major goals. At that time, the country was awaiting prosperity and was catching up with the trend of the world. The Chinese opened their doors and couldn't hide their low self-esteem. The women's volleyball team raised their national prestige, and the whole country was "ignited" by the women's volleyball team. The next day, almost all domestic newspaper headlines reported the women's volleyball championship. The front page of the "People's Daily" commented on "Learning Women's Volleyball, Revitalizing China-China Won", "If you use the spirit of the Chinese women's volleyball team to modernize, why not worry about modernization?
郎平经历了中国人最想赢得胜利的时代。 1981年，女排世界杯赛在日本举行。中国队连续七场七次取得世界冠军，在中国的三大目标上实现了历史性的突破。当时，该国正在等待繁荣，并正在赶上世界潮流。中国人敞开了大门，无法掩饰自卑。女子排球队提高了国家威望，女子排球队“点燃”了整个国家。第二天，几乎所有的国内报纸头条都报道了女子排球锦标赛。 《人民日报》头版评论“学习女排，振兴中原”，“如果利用中国女排的精神进行现代化建设，为什么不担心现代化？
At the time, the popular magazine "Popular Film", the cover photo in March 1982, was a photo of the female volleyball player Zhou Xiaolan and the film actor Gong Xue. Whenever there is a competition, factories, schools, and families all gather around a small TV and knock on the basin to cheer.
Lang Ping once summed up that the Chinese women's volleyball team at that time made the Chinese "most intuitively feel that we are Chinese people."
A stamp commemorating the victory of the old women's volleyball team. Profile picture
The old women's volleyball player Jiang Ying told reporters from China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily that he did not dare to go out at that time. As soon as he went out, someone asked to sign. There were not many cameras, and people were more reserved. Most of the fans are Japanese fans and Hong Kong compatriots who have the ability and money to follow the game worldwide.
Jiang Ying returned to China at the beginning of 2018 and reunited with Lang Ping after 30 years. They have changed a lot. The 15 members of the WeChat group had their own lives, and some people left forever. Jiang Ying, who immigrated to Australia, still habitually puts the WeChat official account of the Chinese women's volleyball team on top.
She practiced volleyball when she was a child. Everyone had to write a letter of determination. The last sentence was, "Contribute to China's three major balls."
He Long, the national leader who has been in charge of sports, has a well-known saying: If you can't get the three balls, you can't die.
At that time, the old women's volleyball team had to eat an egg, a piece of butter and a piece of milk every day for breakfast. Later, Jiang Ying hadn't been an athlete for many years and didn't want to touch these foods again.
For overseas competitions, the flight time is a little longer, and the head coach Yuan Weimin asks them to go to the back of the cabin to practice squatting, seizing the day. Once a game was lost, Jiang Ying was about to cry. The coach told her not to cry and hurried back. "Go out with dignity."
Lang Ping remembers one time he practiced for 7 hours continuously, "I didn't eat or drink water. After the practice, both knee joints were swollen." The concept of 7 hours was to dunk more than 1,000 balls.
Once, a male coach stood on a high platform to smash the ball, the front row blocked the judge wrong, the ball slammed Lang Ping's face. "At the time, I felt that my face wasn't hurt, but it was bursting. Later, when I saw it, my pupils were enlarged."
The little finger of her right hand was broken in the block that year, and it was deformed because it was not treated in time. When the doctor performed an operation on Lang Ping, she found that her knee had aged to the level of 70 years old. When the young daughter ran towards her, she dared not hug her because she could not catch her.
Zhangzhou, a small city in southeast Fujian, witnessed the sweat of women's volleyball girls. Volleyball has been there since the end of Qing Dynasty. Because of the suitable climate, the Chinese women's volleyball team chose this place as a training place. The training base is a bamboo pavilion with 6 venues. The double-layer bamboo slices are covered with bamboo leaves as the top cover, and multiple bamboo tubes are combined into columns as beams. The ground is flattened and compacted with a mixture of fine sand, white ash and red clay.
At that time, the masses were organized for voluntary labor, and it took only 23 days to build a bamboo shed pavilion in Sanhe soil. When it rained, the girls rolled into mud, and the cinder cut their elbows and thighs and rubbed them into the wounds.
"One thing that feels very happy every day is that after waking up, there is no too much pain on the body." Lang Ping said.
The 86-year-old Chinese women's volleyball team's Zhangzhou training base's former head of reception, Gu Huaqun, pointed to the old object and introduced that the south was wet, and the team members put on their sweat-soaked clothes, put them on bamboo baskets, and dried them over the fire. There is no place to take a bath, and the factory next door gives time to the women's volleyball girls. This is called developing style.
The time for the Rio Olympic Women's Volleyball Final is in the morning Beijing time, and the CCTV broadcast of the Chinese team against the Serbian team has exceeded 70%, which is twice that of the Spring Festival Gala.
The winning golden ball was played by Hui Ruoqi at the match point of 24:23. At that time, Zhang Changning made a good shot and the other side directly padd the net. Hui Ruoqi had been prepared, and took off and hit a beautiful probe ball. In slow motion, her muscles vibrated back and forth.
"At that time, I was very clear-headed. Don't hit too hard, don't touch the net, find where no one is to hit, and shake your wrists! These essentials have been said too many times during training, and they are all printed in your head! "
Watching the ball land, the teammates on the bench came up. Hui Ruoqi was taken aback before confirming: We are the champions!
She was born in a decent family in 1991. Her father was a fan of the old women's volleyball team and asked her to practice volleyball for the purpose of strengthening her body. Parents are strict and feel that playing football is a youth meal. Later, the family gave her two or three years to "see if it is this material."
It's not only the bitter children who practice sports. This gracious family fully respects her choice. When participating in the national team trial, Hui Ruoqi went to the cafeteria to eat for the first time. Feng Kun, a veteran member and the Athens Olympic champion member, said to her, "Just eat this, and get two more steamed buns. I'm very tired in the afternoon." She suddenly felt that the people she had seen on the TV before were a little excited when she said such warm words to herself in real life.
Hui Ruoqi also wondered if she really likes this sport. At the 2012 London Olympics, the Chinese women's volleyball team took fifth place. In the last game, Hui Ruoqi was about to collapse. "There are many opportunities in the middle, and I didn't grasp it. After the team lost, I felt a little scared and fell into self-doubt. The responsibility is more than I like it, and I'm not so happy to play."
Self-denial, depression, and injuries are hurting her. Her left shoulder joint was dislocated and 7 steel nails were buried. When she pulled her shoulder, she almost tore the coach's clothes. "The shoulder is stuck, tear it apart again." At that time, the team doctor and coach couldn't stand it, and the two men went out to cry.
At the juncture of preparing for the World Cup, Hui Ruoqi suddenly found a heart problem and needed surgery. "When I had the operation for the first time, I was so uncomfortable, there was a fear of death. I said I didn't do it, I won't play this ball anymore."
Radiofrequency ablation involves inserting a catheter from the artery and entering the heart cavity of the human body, using the electrodes in the catheter to release electric heat energy to burn out the "short-circuit" myocardium. However, this operation cannot guarantee that there will be no recurrence. Because some potential "short circuits" will not happen temporarily.
During the operation, Hui Ruoqi was awake. She was lying there, feeling that "the heart was about to explode and was completely out of control."
She fainted on the operating table and woke up with an electric shock. With convulsions all over, she wept bitterly, struggling to ask the doctor whether the operation was successful, "Although it is too uncomfortable, as long as you tell me the operation is complete, it will be worth it at least."
A few days after the operation, she got up in the morning to brush her teeth, and her heartbeat was very strong. After 3 months of rest, I started to exercise normally, practiced more vigorously than before, to be equal to others.
Hui Ruoqi's father said, "The hardships of our old Hui family let her eat by herself."
As the captain, she missed the 2015 World Cup. That time the Chinese team won the championship after many years, and teammates brought her uniform to the podium. After her surgery, she returned to the team, "I am still the captain, but I am the only person on that team who has never won a world championship."
"I once believed that God rewards hard work, and I believe that there will be rewards with enough hard work, but during that time, I don't believe it anymore." She practiced hard for so long and finally failed to participate in the competition. She cried at home every day. The family couldn't even comfort her, tears on their faces when it was mentioned.
Soon after she resumed training, symptoms of heart disease reappeared. To undergo a second operation or to retire, she once again faced a choice, "I have been playing for so long, do I still insist on going to the Olympics or not, what if the operation is unsuccessful?"
She went to Lang Ping and said that she didn't want to fight anymore, so she cried. Lang Ping also cried after hearing it, saying that there are still five months left, and he will see a doctor for consultation. There is hope, and he will give himself another chance to pursue his dream.
She hadn't stood on the highest podium in the Olympics without wearing the clothes of the national team, she finally decided to try again. "I was indeed prepared to go on the operating table and not come off, so I pushed the operation after my birthday.
She celebrated her 25th birthday twice and ate cake twice.
In Rio, after the winning ball hit the ground, Hui Ruoqi burst into tears, and her sweat bent her hair against her face. She first covered her face and sobbed, then buried her head on the shoulders of her teammates, and then simply raised her head and weeped unabashedly. The camera picked up the cry, and people all over the world heard it.
Hui Ruoqi at the 2016 Rio Olympic Women's Volleyball Final. Photo courtesy of Visual China
Back to the dormitory that night, everyone called the family. Hui Ruoqi's mother was crying, saying that her father was hiding in the house and did not dare to watch the game at all. She was too worried for fear that she would fall on the court.
After winning the championship, the women's volleyball girls screamed in the arena and ran back to the lounge. Everyone yelled on the road. When they entered the lounge and hugged them, they shouted together: "Dangdangdang, we are Olympic champions! "
Zhu Ting can't remember who she hugged or what she said. What impressed me deeply was that she changed into the award-receiving uniform and stood in the aisle while waiting for her award. Wei Qiuyue said to her and Gong Xiangyu: Next It's up to you!
"When we walked to the podium hand in hand, we really felt that there were only 12 of us in the world." Yang Fangxu said.
"There is nothing more proud of the Chinese national anthem being played in a foreign country." Zhang Changning said, "There were a lot of Chinese fans in the finals, and the whole audience sang in a chorus." Gong Xiangyu was so excited that he tuned up and sang broken.
On the way back to the Olympic Village by car, many team members were studying the gold medal. Someone accidentally dropped it on the ground. He quickly picked it up and asked if he could change one. Is it a bit of paint.
After returning to China, Liu Xiaotong encountered such a grand airport meeting for the first time. The security guards hand in hand to clear a passage for them from the crowd, not knowing which direction to throw a bunch of flowers, which happened to be in her arms.
Preparing for the Rio Olympics is Lang Ping's contact with Chinese women's volleyball players again. In front of her is a group of 90s. Born in 1994, Zhu Ting is shy by nature. As the highest in the family, every time she goes back to her home in Henan, the old corn on the roof is taken by her.
In 2013, she represented the Chinese women's volleyball team in an international competition for the senior group for the first time. When No. 2 Zhu Ting was introduced on the radio, there was little applause from the audience. The first ball was dunked and scored. She habitually ran the circle in the way of the national youth team's celebration, and was pulled back by the old players. The national team's way of celebrating was hugs.
Gong Xiangyu, born in 1997, told China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily that she wanted to go to the Beijing Olympics. Her mother said that her studies were tight. "
Coach Lang Ping was very hesitant when he took over the national team, but she refused to invite them again and again. Later, she asked her assistant to book a flight ticket for departure from Beijing the next day, but added: "Tickets must be bought to be refundable."
For the "three consecutive championships" of the old women's volleyball team, Lang Ping took a bonus of 7,000 yuan to study in the United States at his own expense. The mission of the Chinese at that time was to realize the "four modernizations." In the era when China is laying a foundation, young people are eager to progress and understand the world.
In an environment where no one knew Lang Ping, she quietly worked as a poor student for several years.
The 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games was a dark page in the history of the Chinese women's volleyball team, only finishing seventh. Lang Ping decided to return to China to coach after 3 years, leading the Chinese women's volleyball team to win the silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
But after nearly 20 years passed, her sister Lang Hong said, "This Lang director is very old. He used to make a decision and stomped his teeth, but now it is like pulling a drawer, and then it is opened and closed again. , I don’t think it’s the last moment. Director Lang is never finished pushing and pulling the drawer!"
Sure enough, the drawer that was closed the previous night was opened the next day. Lang Ping took over the task. In May 2013, the newly formed national team conducted its first training camp. All the players are looking forward to the form of the star coach's appearance.
Lang Ping came early, calling the athlete’s nickname, and sent a questionnaire: Tell me about your personality characteristics, talk about your technical characteristics, what do you think the national team’s goal in the Rio Olympics cycle should be, what can you do for What are the contributions of the team? In what ways do you hope the coach will give you more help...
She fully employed new recruits, recruited members from various provincial teams to form a "big national team" and trained patiently. She digs out the details, is strong, and can dismiss the get out of class after finishing the training first. Some team members said, "She told you how to practice and the reason for this. Suddenly I found out, why do I still have so much to learn?"
Hui Ruoqi told a reporter from China Youth Daily and China Youth Daily that he practiced for 10 hours two days a week. After training at 8pm, I finished my meal at 8:30 and entered the gym at 8:40, and practiced until 10pm. It's almost 12 o'clock in the night for treatment, bathing and sleeping. Get up at 7:15 the next morning and practice again.
Once preparing for the Grand Prix, the players were in poor condition, and Lang Ping sent a penalty. Everyone thinks that with a single side defense, 10 is over. Unexpectedly, Lang Ping didn't start counting 10 strikes until he was too tired to get up. Many players recalled that it was the most tiring time since volleyball practice. "The defenders are all helped down, and no one can stand."
After a lap of coaching abroad, Lang Ping brought back advanced machines and scientific training methods. She pays attention to diet and urges athletes to eat more vegetables, and often turn to them at meals to see if there is any green on the plate. After she trained the thin Zhu Ting for the first time, she gave her a box of protein powder.
She does not overly restrict the freedom of athletes. In 1995, he returned to China to lead the team for the first time. Every one or two weeks, Lang Ping encouraged his players to watch movies or take them to bowling. Once out of the country, the team members are greeted to visit the historical sites and give them time to shop. In her view, excellent athletes should understand the world, have comprehensive qualities, and should not just play basketball in life.
On January 24, 2016, Beijing, the 2015 sports figure award ceremony was held. From left to right are the women's volleyball players Wei Qiuyue, Zeng Chunlei, Zhu Ting and Yuan Xinyue. Photo courtesy of Visual China
"I don't object to them communicating with their boyfriends. Normal communication is a good thing, but it must be moderate and modest. I don't charge mobile phones or iPads. You can stay up overnight, but you can't sleep the next day." Lang Ping said "I believe that the members of the national team have this kind of control. If she really does not have this, can you point her to become a big weapon and win the championship?"
After Rio played the last goal of the Dutch team, the little girl Gong Xiangyu glanced at the score and entered the final! She cried into tears while holding Lang Ping.
"The performance of the group stage was not so ideal, and I was holding a sigh of breath. All the attention was focused on the game, and I was full of desire for every ball." The moment the victory racket hit the ground, she released all the pressure, "because With this ball, I took another step up the stairs."
Facing the same opponent, the two results were completely different. Gong Xiangyu felt that what contributed to the change was the desire for victory. "It depends on whether you have determination and persistence, and the degree of persistence. Because never give up." Her eyes flashed. Shining.
After the Chinese women's volleyball team won the Rio championship, the BBC once commented: the group lost three games, and the Chinese women's volleyball team, which qualified for the fourth place in the group, defeated three powerful opponents Brazil, the Netherlands and Serbia one by one in the knockout round. The field showed "a strong spiritual power".