原文标题：Olympics: U.S. vs. China: The New Cold War
Olympics: 16-Year-Old Sparks U.S.-China Cold War
Is China the new Soviet Union at the Olympics? It sure is looking like it today.
At the center of this new Cold War is Ye Shiwen, a 16-year-old Chinese swimmer who came from fourth place today to win gold in the 200 meter individual medley and snagged gold on Saturday in the 400 meter individual medley.
In her race Saturday, Ye shattered the world record by more than a second and knocked five second seconds off her personal best in the final 50 meters of the race. She was even faster in that last lap than American medal winner Ryan Lochte in the men’s race.
More than a few eyebrows were raised and commentators watching the race called it “unbelievable.” But John Leonard, head of the American Swimming Coaches Association went a big step further saying her race “was reminiscent of some old East German swimmer.”
Call that the Olympic equivalent of a nuclear warhead.
Anyone old enough to remember Soviet and East German competitors at the Olympics will remember the hulking bodies of their athletes in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and the doping scandals that constantly discredited them.
Leonard was very clearly accusing Ye of taking some form of performance-enhancing drugs.
“History in our sport will tell you that every time we see something, and I put quotation marks around this, ‘unbelievable,’ history shows us that it turns out later on there was doping involved,” Leonard told the Guardian newspaper here in London.
Adding to the tension is China’s domination of the gold medal count in the opening days of these XXX Olympic Games. The United States has been a distant second.
If Leonard’s comments were a figurative nuclear bomb, they response from the Chinese was, well, ballistic.
“If there are suspicions, then please lay them out using facts and data,” Xu Qi, head of the Chinese swimming team told the state news agency Xinhua. “Don’t use your own suspicions to knock down others. This shows lack of respect for athletes and for Chinese swimming.”
Today, the final world from Olympic officials cleared the Chinese swimmer’s name.
“She’s clean. That’s the end of the story,” said Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association reporting on the results of official drug tests.
Chinese officials point to her expensive training to explain her explosive times and her physical growth. When she won the Asian Games at 14, she was just over 5′ 2″ — she’s grown four inches since.
Though she is still smaller than other swimmers at 5-foot-7 and 141 pounds, Ye is known for her large hands and feet.
“My results come from hard work and training,” Ye told the China News Service Monday night. “The Chinese people have clean hands.”
Of course, there is good reason to be wary of Chinese athletes who shatter world records. China was plagued by a series of drug-related scandals in the 1990s. Seven Chinese swimmers tested positive for banned substances at the Asian Games in 1994 and in 1998 four more Chinese swimmers failed drug tests before the World Championships in Australia. A swimmer and her coach were expelled after being caught with a cache of growth hormones at the airport in Sydney.
That’s all history now, say the Chinese, who insist they have cleaned up the sport and invested heavily in rigorous drug testing. Yet just last month 16-year-old swimmer Li Zhesi was dropped from the Chinese Olympic team.
To some that might suggest the Chinese really are cleaning up the sport, but to others it is evidence that they continue to cheat.
Leonard may have voiced what many are thinking, but he’s finding it awfully lonely.
“We need to get real here,” International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams said. “These are the world’s best athletes competing at the very highest level. We’ve seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place.”
Adams said the top five athletes in each event, plus two others, are tested as part of “a very, very strong drug-testing program, and we are very confident if there are cheats we will catch them.”
“We can’t stop speculation. It is inevitably a sad result of the fact that there are people who dope and who cheat,” Adams said. “It’s very sad we can’t applaud a great performance. Let’s give the benefit of the doubt to the athletes.”
American swimmer Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman said he saw no reason for the suspicion and speculation.
“I don’t think that 4:28 is an impossible time in the 400 IM, I think it’s a perfectly logical time for someone to go,” said Bob Bowman, American swimmer Michael Phelps’ coach. “I trust the testing service and I know that Michael was tested nonstop and we’re very careful about what goes into his body, and I assume that other competitors are, too.”
Former Olympic champ Ian Thorpe is among those who say her speed spurt is reasonable.
“You know when I was a 15-year-old I swum 3.46 to win the world championships the following year as a 16-year-old I broke the world record at 3.41 that’s a five-second dropoff,” he said.
Coach Leonard expressed his view and doubt. These is nothing wrong. The problem is US mainstream media, examplified here by ABC, blow the thing out of proportion, with a political agenda. No I don’t see Ye or China is being humiliated. Rather, the media show the world that what a sore loser US is and what the US judistiary system’s backbone ‘assumed inocence until rpoven guilty’ really is
Jack W Smith
This artical suggests that we are in a cold war just because China is ahead of us in the Olympics. This is so stupid. If that’s the case, then the rest of the world should be in a cold war against us? ABC should be better than being this low.
America can’t stand other country doing better. Unfortunately, no country can be #1 forever. China had been #1 many times even before there was USA. China had been down for over 200 years, It is about time China strong again.With the number of people and the new rich, winning gold is just a by product. If you can’t stand it, you will have more sour grape moments coming.
Its should be a fair competition. China no drugs, no doping please.
When Michael Phelps won 8 gold in Beijing, the Chinese media congraduated him to the Chinese public and wished him to have more to come with. Even in London’s game, Chinese media was hoping Phelps could make new records to the world and himslef. Come on America Media ABC, show some big country’s gentle attitude. Stop being jealous and only think you were the one to make miracles!
Coach Leonard has once again reaffirmed to the world an unfortunate viewpoint that America is full of spoiled sore losers and sour grapes that can’t handle the idea that America isn’t always number one. If he had concerns he should have adressed that with the IOC instead of whining about it on TV. This young lady has won several world competitions and been tested many times over a long span of time. The American coach also reaffirmed that Amerithe old idea of “innocent until proven guilty” is dead in the USA.
@ dixiesland I praise you up and down for speaking your heart. I always give credit were credit is due. Go USA, Go China, and to all the great athletes from every country represented.
What are the ingredients that IOC’s tests can’t detect?Why doesn’t the know-it-all talk to IOC instead of spreading vicious nameless suspicions to everyone.
What has happened to Sportsmanship?Instead of celebrating such impressive human achievement by a very young girl, we are mired in narrow nationalistic xenophobia.If anyone has any evidence that this swimming genius cheated, comeforth and present it.Otherwise, stop the slander of both the young lady and IOC.
hmmm. Sounds like they found some thing that is untraceable. I dont think that coach should have said that, but her rapid growth and times and her rapid increase in speed to point to super human development….
SoSoFarFromMyDirtyW, the untraceable thing is an expensive training program in Australia. With a topmost training program and talent hardworking swimmer, what else you are expecting?BTW, Phelp did not train as hard as he should, look at his result now.
to gain supremacy in sports should be the least of our concerns now.with all the clamor for high unemployment; American companies can’t find skilled Americans to fill their job openings.Gain some ground in math and skills needed for the jobs American copanies have to hire foreigners to fill.
Anry you said it best! Notsayin sounds very jealous! If she has passed all of her drug tests, what’s the problem? Keep in mind, all medal winners are drug tested at the Olympics. The coach who made those comments is an embarrassment to Americans everywhere!
why can’t a woman swim faster than a ma?I heard in disbelief that some Americans are so sure this 16 years old young woman must be cheating as she is faster than Lockite.Olympic officials must be in conspiracy with her now as they find no drug in her.Were the 28 nations cheating when they beat American students in math test and put us in 27th place?
Is it really “sour grapes” to request an explanation for the otherwise inexplicable? There is a crime in Mexico that translates roughly to “inexcplicable enrichment,” which basically means that if you a civil servant earning less than $50,000 (US) and suddenly are a multimillionaire, you probably are dealing drugs. I do not think this young swimmer is dealing drugs, but the “inexplicable” success raises questions that her handlers must answer. Does anyone truly believe that she could have beaten Ryan Lochte in the freestyle? That is what her performance suggests, and it is inexplicable.
War propaganda machine has new target: China
US has still not got over the fact that China won more gold medals than them last time. This yr too, US will come 2nd. No doubt people are not pointing fingers at the Colarado and Plymouth teenagers. Losers will be losers.
Argha, US has still not got over the fact that China won more gold medals than them last time. How did they win?
If that’s a cold war between U.S. and China, we are in trouble. China is getting wealthier while we stay the same. That would only mean China will improve while we stay stagnant.
wait until basketball and field and track events China will not win many of those and US medal count will climb.
Notsayin, the american man does not have good finish kick and the chinese girl did. If you checked her training program, she was trained in Australia. Are you saying Australians are cheating.
I’m all for the best person winning, and I hope it’s true that she won fair and square. HOWEVER, I hope somebody is perserving a blood sample because I know the Chinese are smart enough (and inclined) to come up with a performance-enhancing drug that is undetectable. At this point, though, if we get into ANY kind of war with China (literally or figuratively), the U.S. will lose.
dedanielson — it’s OK to have doubts, but in the absence of evidence, we can’t publicly denigrate someone’s moment of triumph just because they won and we lost, and just because of hunches and tweets – that is called being a sore loser. But that wasn’t even my point! My point was that the article suggests that we are in a cold war simply because China is outperforming us (legit or otherwise), and I hate this idea that somehow we need to excel in everything just to keep our self-esteem intact. That is such a losing proposition.
Now we know who was the evil started the original cold war.
Why is ABC making up lies? There were other countries, coaches and swimmers questioning her time. The first person to question it was a British commentator who watched it live. There was one American who made comments about her time and somehow it’s everyone in the US who made those comments. It’s not the countries, US vs China, what an obnoxious thing to write. It was people involved in the Olympic swimming program questioning the time of one Chinese swimmer.
Could John Leonard also be the spokesman for “Sour Grapes” energy drink, the official sponsor for the U.S. Olympic team?
the great Zardoz ? San Francisco, California
she had batteries up her rump and an electic motor/propeller!
the great Zardoz ? San Francisco, California
China’s gonna win the count eventually
chris ? Chicago, Illinois
I guess anyone who bests the Americans MUST be cheating.
Leonce ? Altamont, Illinois
confusus say…chinese already won before cold war started…
oLD MAN John Lenard making hard for a 16 yrs old girl, is he no gentleman??
Sour grape talks
OneCaGuy ? Los Angeles, California
Also, who cares about the medal count? CHina wins, US wins, this is a childish comparison about the country one lives in.
OneCaGuy ? Los Angeles, California
Ye is absolutely doped, no one improves so dramatically in ONE YEAR. Search the web yourself, Chinese swimmers got caught doping just a couple years ago. 100% change she was doping.
Leonard IS the white trash, an American rubbish!
Leonard should be expelled from the games unless he comes forward with an apology to the Chinese swimmer.
Decon ? San Diego, California
2012, Olynpics Our U.S women beat your Chicoms women’s 3 straight set in volley ball.
2012,Olympics Our U.S wemen beat your Chicoms women’s 5 straight Gold in gymnastics.