Not wanting to interfere with Wu Minxia’s training for the Olympics, her parents chose to withhold from her not only the news of her grandparents deaths, but also her mother’s battle with breast cancer. When you consider that Minxia left her parents at a very young age to begin training, and the lengths and mentalities of the Chinese towards their training you can maybe understand the decision to withhold the information. It should be noted that with the mother’s cancer they actually did tell her before the Games, but not until the mother had gone into remission.
To best frame her parents’ state of mind concerning their child, here’s a quote from mom, “We accepted a long time ago that she doesn’t belong entirely to us,” Wu Yuming told the Shanghai Morning Post. “I don’t even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness.”
- Chinese Diver’s Family Kept Secret of Grandparents’ Deaths, Mother’s Breast Cancer Until After She Won Gold Medal (nesn.com)
- In China, Your Family Doesn’t Tell You Grandma And Grandpa Died Because It Might Stop You From Winning Gold (sportsgrid.com)
- Chinese Diver Not Told Of Mother’s Cancer, Grandparents’ Deaths, Until Competition Finished (outsidethebeltway.com)