Meanwhile in China …
Here is a CNTV news piece about the Chines weightlifting team in one of their winter training camps.
It is from the 26th December 2012… so it is still fairly recent.
Update: Translation thanks to Kirk from LiftHard.com.
China’s weight lifting team started their winter training camp yesterday afternoon. Actually winter trainings for a lot of places have already started since October, but due to a longer post-Olympics rest period, it will still take a long time for athletes to recover to their peak performance. The weights that they try on is still at their normal performance level.
As next year’s “all-sports-day” event is nearer, given the fact that everyone have to gather together at the center for training, everyone of them tries to show their best to each other, in a way makes their relationship with each other not so well.
Xiaojun saying: I think it’s a good thing. All the national athletes gather to train, makes us feel the strength of China’s sport,and the feeling is very different. It is that kind of feeling of motivating each other competitively.
Interviewer: Will there be any hiding of real capabilities?
Xiaojun: There’s nothing to hide in weightlifting. You go on stage and still try to hide something from people, that is impossible. It is always real capabilities against each other.
Commentator: ???? (can’t get what she said)
Lin Qingfeng: Training centers are very tired. After being in the training center for a while, whatever things you do outside of it just doesn’t seem right. Tired. Very tired.
Xiaojun: Once I stopped training my body strength will deteriorate quickly. And when I try to train back, it takes forever to slowly go back up. So this is really a difficult problem.
Commentator: In order to get to the finals, athletes will first need to go through the selection in March. With only two months to go, the challenges never stop coming.
Good! Good! Good strength, that’s the right feeling!
And from a comment on YouTube:
looks like liao hui fs was 180, lu xiaojun 210, lin qinfeng 200. according to reports lu dropped down to 73 kg after the olympics after 3 months of doing nothing. after 4 weeks of training, he was 74 kg, and in the video mentioned that weight gain has been “slow” and that it is a problem. lu haojie immediately rehabbed his elbow and trained since the olympics.
will be a very tight race in the national games this spring.
Thanks to Adam, who found this in the bb.com forums, for submitting.