Giant on the move
Prima donna or diver under pressure?
Double Olympic champion diver Guo Jingjing was blasted by the Chinese media for snubbing the press last weekend.
Certainly, she was not on top form.
This was the full transcript of her encounter with the written media immediately after winning the gold medal in the synchronised 3 metre springboard , recorded and translated by my colleague Liu Zhen.
Q: Today the big crowds in this stadium are here to watch you dive. Did you feel any pressure in front of them?
Q: Please comment on your performance today.
A: Good. Feeling not bad.
Q: What are your expectations for the Olympics?
Should athletes always be expected to talk to the media?
I may be a little biased, but my view is an emphatic yes.
Guo was certainly not shy about cashing in on her two gold medals in Athens. In fact she was banned from the diving team for a while for undertaking too many “commercial activities”.
Having a microphone shoved in your face and being asked to explain your failure to win a gold medal may not be much fun, but it goes with the territory.
Picture of Guo Jingjing by REUTERS/Claro Cortes and Tom Daley by REUTERS/David Gray.