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Wu Minxia 2012: "I don't dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."


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Leah Goldman writes:

Wu Minxia of China, won gold in the synchronized 3m springboard event becoming the first diver to ever win golds in three consecutive Olympics.

Wu made headlines after her father told the Shanghai Morning Post he and his family once hid her grandparents' death and her mother's battle with cancer from the diver to ensure she could solely focus on Olympic training.

But this is the saddest quote that came from Wu's father: "We've known for years that our daughter doesn't belong to us any more. I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."

When Wu was 16, she was away from home and at an installed government aquatics training center, according to Martin Rogers of Yahoo!. This is very typical of Chinese athletes training to become Olympians.

She's an incredible athlete and gold medalist, but at what price?

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