Because of the foot injury, Qiao Liang chose to retire after the Asian Games in Beijing when he was 22 years old. At that time, he faced three choices: he stayed in the team to teach, went to university to study with pay, and went abroad to study. Qiao Liang, who was not willing to be ordinary, decided to fly to the other side of the ocean to accept new challenges.
When he first arrived in the United States, Qiao Liang chose to study language at University of Iowa. The school also provided him with a scholarship of $500 a month. The amount of money that seems to be small is only enough to cover Joes food and lodging. Fortunately, as a world champion, he soon found a job as an assistant coach of the school gymnastics team, in this position, Qiao Liang showed his coaching talent.
He built his own gymnasium in a cornfield in the west suburb of Des Moines, Iowa. At that time, Gymnastics in the United States is still a cold-door event, just opened the Joes Gymnasium only a dozen students. After more than ten years of development, Qiao Liangs gymnastic hall has become the famous cradle of champions. Speaking of this, Sean and Douglas, the proud disciples of Qiao Liang, can not be turned around.
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When the Gymnastics Hall was founded, the American girl Sean Johnson met Qiao Liang for the first time. At that time, Sean was only six years old without any gymnastic basis. She was born in a local carpenters home, and her naughty and active personality made her parents have a headache. It was this natural activity that touched Qiao Liang and Sean became the first student in the gym.
Five years later, Sean had a turning point in his life. Qiao Liang sent a video of love training to the leader of the US womens gymnastics team. Although Seans movements were still slightly rough at the time, she revealed the potential to move the U. S. gymnastics leader, Sean formally joined the national team.
In the same year, Qiao Liang was received by the governor of Iowa and awarded the golden key award. At the Beijing Olympics, Qiao Liang led the U.S. womens gymnastics team to rise. They won the team silver medal. Sean, the apprentice, won the individual all-around, the runner-up in floor exercise and the balance beam champion.
Sean failed to win the all-around champion in his hometown, and he aimed at the London Olympic Games. However, Sean failed to escape injuries, and in 2012 she chose to retire. In this Olympic Games, the United States won the team gold medal, Joliens other student Douglas gold in the all-around event, to make up for the previous Shawn regret.
In recognition of Qiao Liangs tremendous contribution to American gymnastics, the West Des Moines municipal government decided to designate August 8 as Qiao Liangs Day each year, and named a street Qiaos Olympic Avenue.
Returning to China in the late years to see the Olympic Games turn around
From the moment when the Chinese gymnastic team accepted the letter of appointment, Qiao Liang, who was over half a hundred years old, officially announced his return to the motherland. I really want to play a part in Gymnastics in China when I can do my best. This is the original intention of Qiao Liang when he returned to teach.
In the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Chinese womens group was dismal. The unstable Chinese team ranked only fourth in the group finals. At the Rio Olympics, Chinas florets plunged to the bottom, with an embarrassing record of zero gold and zero silver. Looking back on the first time the U. S. team participated in the Olympic Games in Bayers, a person holds four gold medals, the gap between China and the United States is obvious.
With the advent of the new Olympic cycle, Chinese gymnastics is also looking for a new way out. Chinese gymnastics team trained Qiao Liang, Qiao Liang brought out such a world champion as Shawn and Douglas, he has experienced two completely different gymnastics environment, the combination of Chinese and Western valuable experience may help Chinese florets grow better.
As the old Chinese saying goes, Fifty knows the destiny of heaven. For Qiao Liang, giving up the American cause to feed Chinese gymnastics is also a choice not to forget his original intention. At the age of 50, the spirit of abandoning ones successful career on the other side of the ocean and embarking on an unknown road has been admired. The team gold medal represents a countrys gymnastic level, although the World Championship failed to win the honor, but the progress of Chinese florets is obvious to all. The result is not perfect, but we are proud of it, Qiao Liang said after the preliminaries of the world championships. All of us need to be carved out of time. There are many factors to win the gold medal, and luck, but I believe that our team, as long as we work together, will be able to play a turnaround in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The disgrace of the Tokyo Olympics was Qiao Liangs goal and the result that all gymnastic lovers wanted to see. Source: China News Network Editor: Xing Rui editor in charge: Li Xiaotian _NS6473
The team gold medal represents a countrys gymnastic level, although the World Championship failed to win the honor, but the progress of Chinese florets is obvious to all. The result is not perfect, but we are proud of it, Qiao Liang said after the preliminaries of the world championships.
All of us need to be carved out of time. There are many factors to win the gold medal, and luck, but I believe that our team, as long as we work together, will be able to play a turnaround in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The disgrace of the Tokyo Olympics was Qiao Liangs goal and the result that all gymnastic lovers wanted to see.