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Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

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Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

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On August 18, 2008, the decisive moment came! The men's 110-meter hurdles qualifiers for the Beijing Olympic Games officially began. Before that, people were looking forward to this Chinese player who attracted the attention of the motherland and the world - Liu Xiang.

He won gold medals at the Athens Olympics and the World Athletics Championships in Greece, becoming the first Asian giant to conquer the world record and become an Asian giant in hurdles, even in 2008.

When the Olympic Games were invited to be held at his doorstep, the people of the whole country were full of expectations for him, hoping that he would be able to regain his former glory and win higher honors for the country, however, the reality is always so cruel.

The sudden scene occurred at the starting line, when the gunshots rang out, Liu Xiang fell to one knee as if he had been electrocuted, and his right Achilles tendon was so badly injured that he had to opt out of the race in desperation.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

Four years later, Liu Xiang still stayed true to his original intention and stepped back on the field after recovering from a serious injury at the London Olympics in England. Under the eager gaze of family, friends and the public, he carries more responsibility and pressure than ever before.

Time flies, and in a blink of an eye, it is August 13, 2012, before the 110-meter hurdles qualifiers for the London Olympics and the gold medal winning day of Chinese swimmer Sun Yang, Liu Xiang's demeanor looks extremely relaxed.

He even chatted with the other competitors that this could probably be his last Olympic appearance, so he cherished every moment a lot, and it didn't take long for him to start the first set.

Then he entered the fierce competition of the last group, when the gunshots rang out, Liu Xiang started with difficulty, and when he crossed the first hurdle, it was as if he suddenly encountered a ground trap and his body lost his balance.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

In an instant, he let out a cry of pain and fell heavily on the runway, and all the spectators couldn't help but be shocked when they saw this scene, and the severe pain when his right foot hit the ground hit like a tsunami, and he was sweating like rain in pain, and it seemed that he could no longer stand up.

However, this unwavering willpower allowed him to continue to walk resolutely towards the finish line. Despite the hardships revealed in his limping steps, he persevered in overcoming all obstacles and finally stopped before the final hurdle.

He kissed the hurdle with all his might, said goodbye to his favorite hurdle event, and announced the end of his extraordinary athletic career, looking back on the moment when Beijing withdrew.

In fact, as early as 2005, Liu Xiang's feet gradually showed signs of injury, and as a hurdler, he needed to do a lot of tedious and heavy training.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

This places a heavy burden on the feet, and the long wear and tear of the skin causes calluses to penetrate deep into the muscles and bones, and the pull and injury to the Achilles tendon are inevitable, although these small injuries are usually tolerable during daily exercise.

But in high-intensity events, they tend to lose control and become more troublesome.

As the 2008 Beijing Olympics were about to begin, Liu Xiang decided to leave for the United States in search of better medical treatment. Even after the operation, he still chose to hire a professional rehabilitation staff for long-term physical adjustment, and went all out to get rid of his old problems.

However, professional athletes know that the physical response on the real field is far more unpredictable than any indoor experiment or outdoor training can be expected.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

In that suffocating moment, at the moment when the gunfire rang out, the old wound recurred again. He was forced to make a difficult but only right choice – to abstain from voting.

Since then, for the past eight years, Liu Xiang has been fighting a tragic and protracted battle against a stubborn and intractable Achilles tendon injury. During his first year, he flew to Houston to recuperate, where he was assured by professional surgeons that his road to recovery would be smooth.

However, this seemingly healthy appearance hides the shadow of pain that appears from time to time for doctors who need guidance on how to overcome many obstacles.

The challenge of repairing the wings of a top athlete is undoubtedly as difficult as the sky, and every time the sudden attack of illness strikes, Liu Xiang must once again cross the ocean, seek help from American medical authorities, and fight to the death against unspeakable pain.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

When the news of Liu Xiang's retirement from the 2008 Beijing Olympics shocked China and the world like a thunderbolt in the clear sky, everyone deeply regretted that this sports treasure, who was once known as "China's No. 1 hurdler".

His abstention shattered the dream of anticipation in the hearts of countless fans, and even after many years of retirement, the majority of viewers still have mixed feelings when it comes to that period of history.

At that time, there were different opinions in society, and there were different opinions and criticisms. Although injuries to athletes are commonplace, the psychological impact of this withdrawal on the people of the whole country is undoubtedly extremely shocking.

As a result, Liu Xiang has become the object of widespread public questioning and heated discussion, and various media reports are also hot, and some people have seized the mystery of whether American doctors may misdiagnose the disease, however, time always has a powerful washing power and can make all discussions disappear.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

After retiring, Liu Xiang chose to live in seclusion out of the public eye in a low-key manner and lived an ordinary and quiet life. After his plan to get involved in showbiz fell through, he finally chose to return to his family and be an ordinary husband peacefully and contentedly.

Now, although he occasionally shares some bits and pieces of life, the frequency has been greatly reducedPerhaps, this simple and pure way of life is exactly the life he yearns for the most in his heart.

In the process of going to the hospital for two serious injuries, Liu Xiang chose the top medical team from the United States, not doctors from China. After a failed debut at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He rushed to seek treatment at a specialized medical facility located within the Texas State University system in the United States.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

Dr. Thomas, a leading medical practitioner who operated on Yao Ming's medical surgery, successfully provided Liu Xiang with a treatment plan that gave him 100% confidence in the famous doctor. The eventual improvement of his condition also enabled Liu Xiang to quickly regain his vitality under the careful guidance of professional rehabilitation therapists in the United States.

There is no doubt that the smooth progress of the operation and the good postoperative recovery feedback undoubtedly demonstrated the excellent professional skills and profound treatment experience of the attending doctors, and at the same time, Liu Xiang also returned to the arena with amazing strength, fully demonstrating his outstanding demeanor.

However, the cornerstone of this medical decision is based on a high tilt towards the athlete's pursuit of quick results. Such a choice undoubtedly ignores Liu Xiang's own real health and various factors that may change in the future.

His foot injury was already on the horizon long before London 2012, and in fact, the decision should have been carefully assessed by the medical team and the athletes, but unfortunately, all we saw was a completely profit-driven decision that ignored the full consideration.

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

Had we had had the in-depth advice of the country's leading doctors, the decision might have been more prudent, and they would probably have advised us not to participate in the competition to ensure our health.

It's a thought-provoking vision, and Liu Xiang's story still raises the minds of hundreds of millions of people about the heightened expectations and pressures on China, a sports powerhouse, that has undoubtedly brought more challenges to athletes.

When these delicate balances are upset, it will not only cause harm to the athletes themselves, but also have an impact on national feelings. In 2022, Liu Xiang brought him back into the public spotlight when he filed a lawsuit against an education company over a portrait rights claim.

People began to question whether the local doctors in the mainland had been involved in the treatment recommendations at that critical moment, and would have given him professional advice not to compete in London? After all, if he had chosen to give up the competition, would the outcome have been completely different?

Once Liu Xiang fell at the starting line, he only listened to the words of American doctors, and there were no other Chinese doctors

As time goes on, we can see that Liu Xiang's experience has foreshadowed that Chinese sports are at a turning point. We urgently need to build a culture of understanding and tolerance.

To truly understand the pain that athletes endure and the firm decisions they make.

Liu Xiang, as an important figure in the history of Chinese sports, his story will surely inspire more athletes to break through difficulties and win on the road to challenges.

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