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. 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.