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Chinese Shooter Yearns For Dad

When she came to the Olympics, Guo Wenjun wanted more than a gold medal. She wanted her dad back. The China Daily reported Monday that Guo was abandoned by her father nine years ago. After her parents divorced, he had raised her and introduced her to the sport of shooting, but in April, 1999, he left a note with her coach that said: "I'm going far away... I want you to treat Wenjun has your own daughter and help her do your very best." The newspaper reported that Guo's sense of abandonment caused her to drop out of training several times as she made the leap from city team in 2001 to national team by 2006. Last year, the paper said, she nearly quit the sport.
On Sunday, she won gold in the women's 10-meter air pistol. Huang said she had told him before that "I'll do well in the Games, and my dad will see me and be proud."

By Amy Shipley  |  August 12, 2008; 12:57 PM ET
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I hope her dad saw her performance, her happiness standing on the top of the podium and realized how much he had missed. He should be proud of her. He should be ashamed of himself. That's the single most selfish act that a parent abandomed his/her child. I inclind to think the father had some untold pains by his own act. But still, it is hard to forgive.
I applaud this young woman's resolve and determination. You are a much better person than your dad. I am sure you'll always love your dad. However I hope you move no to find happiness even if you dad chooses not to step forward now that you are a household name in China.

Posted by: A Chinese | August 12, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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