A couple of years ago,before a trip to China,Nicole Davis and her US women's volleyball teammates were warned about the prominence(声望)of coach "Jenny" Lang Ping in her native country.
"I was pushed over by Chinese journalists while I was just trying to put my luggage on the bus,"said Davis.
Known as the "Iron Hammer" for her punishing spikes(扣球),Lang made it possible for China to dominate in the sport in the early 1980s.She was a key player on China's 1984 Olympic gold medal winning team.
When theUSteam arrived for the Olympics,Lang,48,who is from Beijing,had to take a different route to avoid a crowd of reporters and fans.
Then came the greatest moment to Lang: While the US team was playing in a packed gym at least 8,000 Chinese fans unfurled(展开)an American flag.“
That really says it all,”Davis said.“They look at her as an icon(偶像).I'm sure it's hard for them to see her coaching another country,but they love her so dearly that her success is their success.”
The loyalty of the Chinese fans was tested on Friday,whenChinalost a match to theUS. :
“It's a pity that China lost the match,but I'm still glad that Lang Ping's team won,since she is the pride of China's volleyball,”said Liu Chengli,a spectator."We also cheered for Lang's victory."
Lang said she just tried to stay professional when the two teams met.“It doesn't matter if we playChinaor any other team.It's the same,”Lang said.
Davis said she and her teammates could not have imagined the passion for volleyball among Chinese because the sport was lack of popularity in the US.The reception from Chinese fans has touched theUSplayers,saidUSvolleyball player Lindsey Berg.
“It's such an honor to be here and play for our coach here inChina,”she said.“The amount of support that the Chinese give to her and us has been tremendous.The whole event has been unbelievable.”
1.Lang Ping avoided meeting the reporters and fans probably because she ______.
A.was afraid to be questioned about her strategy
B.didn't want to be paid much attention to
C.didn't want to disturb public order
D.disliked to be with her fans
2.What does Lang Ping mean by saying "It doesn't matter if we playChinaor any other team."?
A.She just tried to stay professional.
B.The results of each match will be the same.
C.American Volleyball Team will beat any team.
D.Chinese Volleyball Team is the same as other teams.
3.What impressed theUSteam players most?
A.Lang Ping's coaching skills.
B.The tolerance of
C.hinese people.C.The popularity of volleyball in China.
D.The loyalty for volleyball of the Chinese.