Scaredy-cat Feng Zhe hides behind his teammate during Men’s Team finals.   His coach jokes he’s too afraid to even go to amusement parks.

Double Olympic gymnastics champion and self-claimed comedian Feng Zhe recently did a weibo interview.  Here are some of my favorite responses.

Q: You guys practice everyday. Don’t you think it’s boring and tiring?
Feng Zhe:   Friend, let me correct you. How can gymnastics be boring? There are six events, 51 moves, I can barely finish them all in a day how can I be bored? Gymnastics is about skills. Every move has its special way, every events has its own uniqueness so gymnastics isn’t boring at all!  As for tiring, what isn’t tiring? Please tell me.

Q: Are you the seed of happiness in the gymnastics team?
Feng Zhe: Our gymnastics team’s training guiding principle is  gymnastics joy, so all the teammates training here are having fun. Some are enjoying gymnastics, and others are enjoying the obstacles on the pursuit of their dreams! Either way, the gymnastics gym is full of laughter and joys. If you don’t believe me, you should come visit!

Q: What’s the biggest difference before and after success? If you can change your occupation, what would you do?
Feng Zhe: I think the biggest difference before and after the Olympics is my weight. [哼]

I gained n kilogram.  I’m too embarrassed to even talk about it!  If I could choose again I would still chose gymnastics. I would chose to join the Chinese gymnastics team, chose to be with my brothers and be the “spoiled potato and eggplant generation”  (idarklight note: their name for their generation following the ‘diamond generation’ of the last 12 years)  , and chose to be with my Coach Wang who I can  bother a million times but he’ll still love me.

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5 thoughts on “Weibo of the day: Feng Zhe on gymnastics”

  1. Yeah, I guess the male gymnasts should be fine. It surprises me that only two of the Chinese female gymnasts from Beijing went to London, and He Kexin still looked 12, LOL. US got a completely new team. Meanwhile, Eastern European gymnasts do well year after year.

    I really want the diving team, more than any other team, to do well. It’s because everyone seems to jump at any chance to criticize the diving team.

    1. That’s because of change in ability as opposed to retiring, though. Of all the 2008 girls, only one of them had retired. Cheng Fei was injured earlier this year, and Jiang Yuyuan and Yang YIlin unfortunately didn’t get chosen. think Nastia tried to make the team but didn’t make it? I wish women’s gymnastics had more people like Catalina Ponor who are still going strong even at an “old” age.

      Women’s platform in diving switches even faster. I think Fu Mingxia (who was 13 and 17) and Chen Ruolin are the only two Chinese women’s platform’ers who have even competed in the Olympics more than once.

    2. “People don’t watch the process, only the result. And the result is, ‘Once you’re up there, you can’t go down.” – badminton head coach Li Yongbo T_T. Diving’s been facing that problem since 2008.

  2. I love the weibo interview!

    I can’t help but feel a little concerned about the future of Chinese mens gymnastics, though. Chen Yibing is done and the other Chinese champions are going to be in their late 20s in 2016. Maybe it’s because I don’t know much about the newer gymnasts.

    1. I think Zou Kai and Feng Zhe at least are both going for 2016, and Guo Weiyang and Zhang Chenglong are both quite young, so only Chen Yibing and Teng Haibin would probably be leaving of the 2012 Olympic team. Male gymnasts tend to last for a pretty long time, so I don’t think we should be too worried yet.

      I’m super concerned about men’s 3m springboard. There really isn’t anyone in the next two generations who’s even close, and unless another Qiu Bo pops out of nowhere, I don’t see anyone being able to win gold in the 3m springboard.
      He Chong was going to leave after the Olympics, but now he’s not sure. Qin Kai seems to be willing to continue, but he doesn’t have the same DD as He Chong. Either way, they’ll be 29/30 by the next Olympics.

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