Monday, April 28, 2008

Chinese Olympic Wheelchair Athlete Attacked

By Caleb T. Maupin

Jin Jing had a smile on her face as she rolled her wheelchair through the streets of Paris. Her smile was undeterred by the fact that anti-Chinese Tibetan separatists, dressed in black and bearing a fictional “Tibetan flag,” violently attacked her as she bore the Olympic torch through the streets.

Jin Jing, whose name means “gold,” was born in Shanghai, the daughter of two workers. At the age of nine she suffered from a cancerous tumor in her ankle, which required the amputation of her leg. But this did not stop Jin Jing. She helped her family by working as a switchboard operator at a hotel until she got the idea to become an athlete. (China Daily)

It was when she participated in a speech contest in 2001 that she was introduced to the idea of getting involved in sports. She said she wanted to become a fencer because one of her childhood favorites was Zorro, the fictional television hero who fought the agents of Spanish colonialism. Perhaps images of Zorro’s battles with corrupt Spanish officials were with her as she clutched the torch away from servants not of Spanish colonialism, but of U.S. finance capital. (China Daily)

Jin Jing has participated in six international wheelchair fencing contests and won six medals: two silver and four bronze.

After defeating the anti-China agents, she sent a text message to her mother, reading, “You can be proud of me.” Before the press and the crowds of cheering Chinese students in the streets of Paris, Jin raised her left fist and shouted “Go China” at the top of her lungs, according to reports in the Chinese media.

Jin Jing has made it clear that she is in opposition to the U.S.-funded cause of Tibetan separatism. Jin has also said she is very proud to be representing her country the first time it will host the Olympic events.

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