When 16 year old Ye Shewin of China won the gold medal for the 400 m Individual Medley in London, it didn't take long for the doubters to crawl out of the woodwork. John Leonard, executive director of the USA Swimming Coaches Association told the Guardian newspaper that her record breaking performance was "disturbing" and "suspicious". Other athletes and officials climbed in, saying her performance was "interesting" (meaning I can't prove it, but I know she cheated), or "insane" ( as in if you think she did this on her own, you're crazy).
Ye Shewin, the Rise of China and the Inevitable Backlash
Innocent until proven guilty -- I agree. I'll bet that not many people know that thanks to all the Olympic gold, silver and bronze he has won, Michael Phelps is worth about $45 million through good old capitalist endorsements. Now that China is a hybrid/ capitalist/sort-of-socialist country, I wonder if Ye Shewin will find endorsements lining up for the Chinese market. If so and she soon finds herself worth millions, what can we expect the Western media to say about her? In fact, I read that Gabby Douglas' London gold may be worth as much as $10 million in the next four years through endorsements.