Boarding School: Why China’s talent factory threatens Tom Daley’s dream

Source: The Daily Mail – London
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/index.html

There was a sense of ominous reality from Tom Daley last week. ‘Qiu Bo from China is very much the gold medal favourite,’ read a statement from the teenager’s management.

It was an attempt to suppress expectations as Britain’s most high-profile diver prepares for his home Olympics against the most formidable diving team ever assembled.

It is only a semi-joke to say that any one of 100 Chinese divers could win gold. ‘It’s certainly not far from the truth,’ said Steve Roush, who, as head of sport development for the US Olympic Committee, has visited China on fact-finding missions more than 20 times.

The challengers: Qiu Bo of China is one of the divers hoping to snatch Olympic gold away from Tom Daley

The challengers: Qiu Bo of China is one of the divers hoping to snatch Olympic gold away from Tom Daley.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/olympics/article-2104996/London-2012-Olympics-Why-Chinas-talent-factory-threatens-Tom-Daleys-dream.html#ixzz1oPCVDk7Q

~ by Singapore Diving on March 6, 2012.

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