Here's a documentary on the Li Xiaoshuang gymnastics school in China. The road they take to get to elite and become world champion:
Intense and harsh traning. Sad too.
via Valentin and gymnasticscoaching
[quote]Again I would suggest that we have to be careful not to generalize about Chinese training practices. Liang, whom most of us know very well came through the Chinese system, was on the National team and says that he was never subjected to any of the abusive training practices that are often portrayed, including at the National training centre. That is not to say that it does not happen, but perhaps not as frequently as we may be led to believe. I