Life-sized cut-outs of Chinese swimming champions were recently placed at a Chongqing pool to encourage the local youth to ‘swim to success’.
For this boy, the standee of Ning Zetao was merely something to hold onto when the water got too deep.
The sign reads: “We win! Rise in the trend by learning from our swimming champions.”
The future champs apparently took the slogan to heart with mammoth belly flops.
While he was the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold metal, notorious bad boy Sun Yang might not be the best role model for China’s impressionable youths to look up to. The swim champ has gotten himself caught up in a number of scandals, including a case surrounding his failed doping test last year and a stint in jail for driving a car (then crashing it) without a license in 2013.
This past weekend during the world champions, he was accused of elbowing and kicking swimmer Larissa Oliveira as they were warming up together. Sun withdrew from the final of the 1500m later on Sunday, saying that “I didn’t feel good in my heart”.
by Dan Cunningham