Taiwan Bests China In 2 Olympic Events, Thumbs Nose At Mainland

| August 2, 2021

Okay, the competitors from Taiwan didn’t really thumb their noses at the mainland, but still…. it’s the thought that counts, right?

Here we go: the Taiwanese doubles badminton players won two very bold medals – one gold, one silver – in that competition, and a young Taiwanese lady bested China with a gold in heavy weight-lifting. Granted, in the women’s singles badminton, in a fight to the death with women’s singles world number one Tai Tzu-Ying of Taiwan, China’s Chen Yufei on Sunday won her country its second badminton gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/02/taiwans-olympics-victory-over-china-renews-calls-to-scrap-chinese-taipei

From the article: In the hours between Taiwan winning gold and silver in Olympic badminton on the weekend, local courts in Taipei were packed with enthusiastic young players. The nail-biting matches had lit a fire of sporting patriotism – not least because both were against China, Taiwan’s goliath neighbour, which claims Taiwan as a province it must retake.

The doubles win by Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin was Taiwan’s second gold medal, after Kuo Hsing-Chun won in weightlifting, and added to its biggest medal haul in Olympic history. Taiwan sits 18th in the table. China is first. Nevertheless, social media was awash with celebrations.

In a post on Facebook, Lee dedicated the win to “my country, Taiwan”. President Tsai Ing-wen congratulated the team for “winning the first badminton gold medal in our country”. Both phrases were deliberate, and fed into a reignited debate over a decades-old rule that has forced the island’s team to compete at the Olympics under “Chinese Taipei”, a name that exists on no map. – article

For a while, Taiwan was barred from competing as a country, but that has been done away with and the Taiwanese members compete as Chinese Taipei.

I say “Congrats” to these Chinese Taipei citizens, all three of them and a loud and wet “brrrrtttt!” to Xi JinPing. Dude, you may own the commercial world right now, but nothing lasts forever.

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  1. KoB says:

    BZ to these Ladies…That competed as Ladies (with REAL Lady Parts)…and WON. Way to give a One Fingered Salute to the Chinese Communists! Back yonder in my Factory Rep days, I was blessed to meet a number of the Chinese Taipei folks that built electronics for Channel Master. Met some others thru the local Female Seminary that Madame Chang had attended. Others that fought with BG Robert Lee Scott of Flying Tigers Fame. Damn good people! We need to tell the Chinese Communist to go piss up a rope and support the freedom loving people of Taiwan as much as we can.

    In other “wimmens sports”, the New Zealand confused athlete washed out early.

    https://www.foxnews.com/sports/laurel-hubbard-olympics-history-fails-compete-medal

  2. Hatchet says:

    Bravo Zulu Taiwan! Nice to see them give China the 🖕
    As Ex-PH2 alludes to, China won’t always rule-the-roost aka The bigger they are, the harder they fall..

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Every balloon has its limits of expansion, Hatchet. 🙂

      Oh, yeah – there may be a housing “crash” coming up, too, if the forecasts I’m seeing pan out. But that’s another story….

      • Roh-Dog says:

        “Home prices nationwide were up 24.8% year-over-year in June.” -Redfin

        “As of 2020,spending on housing services was about $2.8 trillion, accounting for 13.3% of GDP. Taken together, spending within the housing market accounted for 17.5% of GDP in 2020.” -fas.org

        The figure bandied about is the US Residential Market is $42 Trillion, to put that into perspective that’s the US and China’s GDP together. (The different between spending and value is about half to 60% of the housing supply is ‘owned’ outright. Note: with prop tax, do you ever really own?)

        Houses, and their paper, become liabilities very, very quick. Falling wages? (remember 2008?!)
        Employment instability?
        Unknown bond/mortgage environment?
        Huge spending obligations by state, local govs?
        Not to mention the volume of houses that could be hitting the market…
        I have a fear that our government decides to ‘help’ in this situation.
        Hold on and good luck!

        (full disclosure: I’ve applied for a mortgage to reside further away from the cesspool known as Hartford)

      • Hatchet says:

        Every balloon has its limits of expansion – true dat!
        Think China’s got quite a way’s to go before they actually go Pop. Har.. 😀
        Housing crash coming up? Not the first rumble I’ve heard of this(North or South of the boarder). Houses in our ‘hood have been fetching upwards of a million three/five and while a lot of real estate agents are presently rubbing their lil grubbies with glee, they’re also nervously muttering under their breath ‘how long will this last’. To that, I say PHUQUE YOU ONE AND ALL. My house – to me and my Missus – is like Winston Churchill’s Chartwell was to him, a fortress and a refuge. Fair to mention that we totally lucked-out and found ourselves ourselves a nice place in a decent and safe part of the city(Beaches). Also fair to make mention – followed Dad’s early-days advice and got our mortgage paid off well under the ten year mark. While we’re all set, seems to me there’s a helluva lot of really ‘financially-nervous’ folks out there right now. Kinda like the ‘long tail cat in a room full of rocking chairs’-kinda nervous…

        Ron-Dog – two thumbs up for pending relocation.
        Man’s GOT TO HAVE Peace and Security of home.
        Uttering some quiet prayers for your success .

  3. David says:

    Taiwan is beautiful (despite most of their cities being typical Asian ports.) Once knew a young lady who trained for badminton … she played for blood, and reminded me of Chinese pingpong players. Coulda been one who got away…

  4. Charles says:

    Meanwhile, in other Olympic News …

    “New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard made history on Monday as the first transgender athlete to compete at the Olympics but failed at her attempt to make the medal stand.

    Hubbard failed to register a lift in the snatch in the 87-kilogram category. By failing to record a lift, she couldn’t move onto the clean and jerk and would not compete for a medal.

    Hubbard transitioned eight years ago at the age of 35. Hubbard was 43 entering Olympic competition. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) previously said Hubbard has met all the requirements for trans athletes and fair competition.”

    Well, there it is.

    The transgender “female” was disqualified after (s)he couldn’t produce a snatch.

    Apparently, the next event would have required (s)he to “clean it and jerk it” but alas, we will apparently never know if that was even possible.

    Just sayin’ 🙂

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      “The transgender “female” was disqualified after (s)he couldn’t produce a snatch.”

      There are so many bad jokes in that sentence….

      However, having seen Vasily Alekseyev do his “thing” in the Olympics and win two golds, I doubt that this individual could even come close to what Alekseyev accomplished, period.

  5. Charles says:

    https://www.foxnews.com/sports/laurel-hubbard-olympics-history-fails-compete-medal

    (I forgot the link, so you now I’m not making this shit up).

  6. Prior Service says:

    Someone please forward this link to the classless US women’s soccer team and highlight this part: “In a post on Facebook, Lee dedicated the win to “my country, Taiwan”.”

    I’m pleased to announce that “our ladies” lost to Canada and will now compete for Bronze at best.

  7. OWB says:

    A small nit, but the US leads China in total medals while China leads the US in number of gold medals. That will likely change this week now that track and field events have begun. https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/olympic-games/en/results/all-sports/medal-standings.htm

    And, Taiwan is up to 10 total medals. Good for them!

    It was fun watching Taiwan beat China, but not sure which match it was. It’s still all Olympics, all the time in this household and it runs together after a while. Those woke devils will NOT take the joy out of the Olympics for me as much as they are trying.

    It is rather funny to watch some of the stuff going on there. Like so many of the most woke US athletes are not winning. And the shotput medalist who didn’t see the irony in her statement that she was doing this for the worldwide LGBTQRSeieio community and to bring attention to the need for mental health care. In the same sentence. (Can’t you just hear the PR folks heads exploding at THAT? Unless they don’t see the irony either.) And human rights, and stuff. Apparently folks around the world are supposed to feel her support because she crossed her arms above her head during the medals ceremony.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Chicoms butthurt at network for television this in 3… 2… 1…

  9. OWB says:

    Watching Slovenia and Germany playing basketball. Interesting, and they don’t seem to be very woke. Well, some of the officials may be, but the players are seriously playing ball. Blood drawn. Crazy, man.