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World’s Strongest Woman

August 5th, 2012
Chun Li

Weightlifting has become more and more popular with the rise of Crossfit and body images promoted by social media, Hollywood, and Photoshop. I’ve spent a lot of time training inside and outside the gym, but I was never taught weightlifting. I’ve also spent too much time online looking at #fitspiration and reading about training programs and techniques. So it shouldn’t be a surprise I have multiple blog posts about women’s weightlifting.

A Korean woman won the 75+ kg class in Beijing 2008. This did not sit well to some Chinese nationalist perhaps. Alas nationalism in weightlifting and the rewards that come with Olympic or World gold medals has lead to it being one of the most cheated at sports in the World.

Weightlifting narrowly survived being completely banned from the Olympics and so many medalists have been retroactively proven to have cheated by using drugs that a Canadian woman was finally awarded a gold medal. I follow Christine Gerard on Instagram like I follow so many others.

Although it is easy to start a blog, maintaining it is considerably more difficult. It is also easy to pin, but it is not easy to embed your pins into you blog, so perhaps if you are looking for #fitspiration you should head over to Pinterest itself, I’ll leave the busted embed code for posterity. I like Pinterest but I don’t think they want to host images for bloggers, there are other services you can use of course.

I definitely prefer weightlifting to some of the more heavily ‘judged’ sports.  Some lifts still don’t count by judge’s decision. My mom made a comment about one competitor looking more like a woman than another competitor, my mom not me. That reminded me of some of my previous online ramblings and a photo I saw on Pinterest.  I did figured out how to legally include the photo in this blog post, but it doesn’t stay included into 2019.

Source: Uploaded by user via Sandra on Pinterest

I definitely think beach volleyball players and divers get on more magazine covers than women’s weightlifters, even in China. I saw Wu Minxian 吴敏霞 on a Chinese news site and now she is the Olympic Champion in 3m springboard along with being a GQ cover model. It hasn’t been all cover photos and gold medals for Wu Minxian…

China won gold! The announcer almost seemed sad they didn’t break even more records. There was controversy and politics in choosing the four women Chinese Olympic weightlifters. China did not enter an athlete in this category in Beijing, now they’ve trained another champion. I wish I would have gone to more sporting events when I lived in China or even while I lived in Japan.

It must be live, no one has updated the Wikipedia entry for Zhou Lulu, now I have to find her Chinese characters for which I’ll use Baidu. Time magazine seems to have written several features on China’s women’s weightlifting team. China did not sweep women’s weightlifting and appear to have misjudged one athlete’s potential as it has been repeatedly reported they loaned her to Kazakhstan. The failure to win four golds is seen as a national disgrace by some, but that seems hyperbolic. I was surprised by how many stories have been written about China’s women’s weightlifting team even in English. Apparently there is a lot of debate in the Chinese blogosphere on at least on Weibo (the Chinese Twitter) about the Chinese system of taking children and putting them into intensive sports programs where they are not allowed to see their family or enjoy a normal childhood.

Zhou Lulu uses the following characters for her name:  周璐璐.

If you have thoughts on weightlifting or you know how to include a pin with 100% certainty in a blog post you can leave a comment below.

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