Chinese Men's Group hoping for golden end to golden career at Acro Worlds09/07/2014
They have been China's golden Acro Men's Group, World champions in 2012 who became an internet sensation thanks to their signature element, the "human jumprope" (watch the routine here and you'll understand.)
The famous "human jumprope" and other crowd-pleasing skills helped China's Men's Group -- Tang Jian, Zhou Yi, Wang Lei and flier Wu Yeqiuyin -- win gold at the 2012 World Acro Championships. The Chinese Men are hoping for a repeat in 2014. Then a visit to the Eiffel Tower.
The 2014 World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships are their swansong, a last competition before Nanjing-based Tang Jian, Zhou Yi, Wang Lei and flier Wu Yeqiuyin retire and go their seperate ways.
"This is a competition without pressure for us," Tang confirmed through translator Charlotte Deneuville, herself a former member of France's national Acro team, following the Group's podium training session Tuesday in Levallois (FRA).
As always, the main objective remains first place, but the Chinese recognize the threat of the British and Russian Men's Groups, both of whom have looked especially strong during podium training so far in Levallois. The Chinese tied with Britain's quad for gold two years ago at the World Championships in Lake Buena Vista (USA), but the British squad has moved on, replaced by young challengers Gareth Wood, George Wood, Connor Bartlett and Daniel Cook, winners of the Junior European Championships in 2013 and newly minted as a senior team.
Gone from this year's routines is the famous human jumprope, partly because the element is not considered difficult enough, Tang said.
The team's legacy is secure, and the future of Chinese Acro is strong, Tang said. At the next World Championships there will be a new Chinese Men's Group, as hungry for gold and having worked as hard to be number one as they did, training five hours per day, six days per week for the past several years in Nanjing.
The knowledge has allowed for consideration of other things. Post-competition, the team is looking forward to seeing more of Paris, particularly the Eiffel Tower, Tang said with a smile. And who knows? They may even do a human pyramid in front of it.
The World Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships get underway Thurday in Levallois with qualifications in all categories. For more, please check out the competition microsite here.
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