We just got back from China where I spent the past two weeks working with Pang Quig and Tong Jian, finessing their short and long program. By living in their sport village, we had a real taste of what it’s like to train on the Chinese National team. We shared every meal with the skaters, speed skaters, coaches and trainers. There I taught on the ice next to the great Chinese pair legend, coach Bin Yao. I felt like I was at the Olympic village surrounded by utter dedication and drive inside a world that lives and breathes sport. Our son Kai, on the other hand, was spoiled by all the coaches and skaters that took turns carrying him. He was loved everywhere we went. If you’re ever in Beijing I highly recommend you visit “798 Space” an avant-garde and trendy art district. The other place, obviously, the Great Wall. Enjoy a view of the the Great Wall in the winter, taken by Bohdan. Breathtaking! (Speaking of breathing, a word to the wise: bring a mask for the more polluted days. We bought the 3M P95. It’s reported to cut out 95% of air born pollutants. You can get live updates here: www.aqicn.info )
On every trip I take, I find a new part of myself. The more foreign the culture to the one I know, the more I bring back with me. From Beijing I bring back people’s overwhelming love for children. Nowhere else in the world did our little one feel so much of the communal attention as he did in Beijing (and he has already been to 6 countries in his short life.)
Keep an eye out for a treat from China!!! An interview with the 2010 Olympic Champions Shen Xue & Zhao Hongbo
When was the last time you did something you love?
(Music and all by my loving husband.)
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