Lang Ping – Volleyball Extraordinaire

I am a fan of the volleyball game, maybe it’s because I played the game when I was in school although only for just 3 years.  And obviously, I followed the volleyball in the Olympics. And Rio 2016 Olympics final was a superb game. Both opposing teams were just as good but I guess this is where strategy & advice by the coach make that additional edge. So this month, I am going to feature about Lang Ping from China.

Picture from alchetron.com

 

Her accolades in volleyball are widely known – an Olympic champion player during the 1980s but really what make her even more famous was the fact that she became the first person, male or female, to have won gold at the Olympics both as a player and as a coach. Yes the first person not just first female.

Of course what I found particularly inspiring about her is the fact that she remain true to her love for the game regardless the fact that she is a China national & coaching the USA volleyball in the 2008 Olympics to beat the China team in the preliminaries despite public criticism (some call her traitor).

We don’t see many female athletics (champions/professionals) get really successful in coaching, maybe because females tend to take on the priority role of raising the family (which I might add is one of the most demanding role that has no expiry of contract whatsoever & no off days!) .  I would think she made it this far is because of her staying true to the love of her game (thus professional) regardless of her nationality. She ventured out of the comfort zone (she was famous in China & would have been a national coach anyway) to the US in search for her own personal development. While chasing after her own career growth, she also raised a child! So I am intrigued.

So yes, anything is possible – if you stay true to your abilities & continually learn / improve , sometimes even question the status quo (which seems very good) to test how far you can go to be even better.

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