Great news. Wang Yan, the 15-year old Chinese gymnast who was widely tipped to be paralyzed for the rest of her life from her fall at the National Gymnastics Championship two weeks ago in Shanghai, is said to be making remarkable progress, improving beyond her doctors’ expectations and surprising even the surgeons that made the initial diagnosis. According to China Daily, the gymnast is “able to relieve herself on her own, and as her muscular sense is gradually returning, she can swing her left arm that at first she could not move ideally, lift her legs up and down and has regained some hand mobility”, and her coach has even expressed confidence that she will soon stand up again. Wang Yan’s injury was a high-profile one that captured the attention of worldwide media and since then there has been an ongoing debate on whether there should not be an upper cap in the difficulty levels used by panels in judging the performance of gymnasts. Sure, we all want to be producing the next Olympic gold, but at what cost?
Image from China Daily.