Given the Chinese government's low regard for human rights, I was curious... How many people were injured or killed practicing the high-risk evolutions they put into the opening and closing ceremonies?Why did this just pop into my mind 9 months later?
This showed up in the news today:
BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Liu Yan, regarded as China's top classical dancer, was to give the performance of a lifetime: She was to dance a solo at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.Sure, one accident doesn't PROVE my point, but it sure seems to fit with my speculation last summer doesn't it?
She was to perform a dance entitled "Silk Road," a piece intended to convey the rich cultural history of China.
But it never happened.
Twelve days before she was to take the stage at the Olympics, in an event that China hoped would catapult the nation to international glory, she fell while rehearsing the dance -- leaving her paralyzed from the waist down.