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ironlurker
4th October 07, 12:58 PM
I was talking with fes the other day about "sports dads" . . .


Dad in China Binds Girl's Limbs for Swim

AP
Posted: 2007-10-04 11:12:45
Filed Under: World News (http://news.aol.com/world)
BEIJING (Oct. 4) - A father tied his 10-year-old daughter's hands and feet and watched her swim in a chilly southern China river for three hours in a task he said Thursday would help the girl achieve her dream of swimming across the English Channel.

http://www.aolcdn.com/aolnews_photos/02/02/20071004071409990005



Huang Li swam like a dolphin, sometimes paddling with her bound hands, for two or three kilometers (more than a mile) in the Xiang River on Tuesday, traveling with the current, her father said.

"Her swimming skills are perfect and she insisted on doing this," Huang Daosheng said in a telephone interview. The girl, who lives in the city of Zhangjiajie in Hunan province, got the idea after seeing something similar on a local television program, he said.

News photos showed Huang Li, wearing a skirted swimsuit, being picked up out of the water by her father. Her ankles were tied together with string and her hands were bound by a strip of cloth. A newspaper report said the girl was so cold her face had turned blue.


"It's not dangerous because, first, her swimming skills are really good and second, I was swimming with her, staying close to her," the father said. "I had her when I was 35, so she is my heart. I would never play around with her life."
The father, a teacher who enjoys swimming, coaches his daughter and said the family does not have enough money for her to have a better coach.The girl started the sport when she was six and her father said her goal is to one day swim across the English Channel.

"She asks me every day, 'Can I achieve this? Is the English Channel wide? Are the waves really big?"' Huang Daosheng said.

With the Beijing Olympics less than a year away, sports is grabbing greater attention in an already sports-crazed country. Huang Li's swim is at least the second time in recent months that a child athlete has drawn media attention.

This past summer, 8-year-old Zhuang Huimin ran 2,212 miles from her home on the southern island province of Hainan to Beijing in 55 days, her father trailing behind her on a motorscooter. The run drew criticism from some media commentators as being excessive for a young child. http://news.aol.com/story/_a/dad-in-china-binds-girls-limbs-for-swim/20071004070109990001?ncid=NWS00010000000001

Shawarma
4th October 07, 01:29 PM
The odd thing is: Why does she want to swim across the English Channel when there are tons of more interesting places to swim in warmer water?

ironlurker
4th October 07, 01:55 PM
The odd thing is: Why does she want to swim across the English Channel when there are tons of more interesting places to swim in warmer water?
Honestly, I think it plays the roles of Uncle Ben in "Death of a Salesman" or the green light in "The Great Gatsby", take your pick. Hell, Willy Wonka's Golden Ticket.

Not to be "LOL China=overpopulation", but there are literally tens of thousands of girls swimming competitively over there that have been doing it since they were younger, with better coaches. Given the cultural and social pressures of having a sole daughter in China, I think the father is probably really trying to do what he sees as the best way to make chicken shit into chicken salad with these publicity stunts.

fes_fsa
4th October 07, 03:45 PM
goddamn... i read it as "chinese guy blinds daughter".

all i could think was... what'd he do? put a windshield in front of her? waka waka waka!

i'll give you a real reply after i've had some sleep. :)

Yiktin Voxbane
4th October 07, 09:53 PM
I read it as the same too .