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  • Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics

    Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics
    A coach helps two girls stretch during their gymnastics training session at a sports school in Nanjing, in eastern China's Jiangsu province, on July 30, 2012.
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  • Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics

    Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics
    A child stretches during a gymnastics training session at Nanning Gymnasium, August 2003, in Nanjing, Guangxi province, China. Amateur sports schools were launched in China during the 1950s to develop the country's sporting prowess, with almost all such schools relying on government funding.
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  • Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics

    Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics
    Two children work on muscle development at the end of a workout session the Shi Cha Hai Sports School in Beijing on Aug. 3, 2005. The athletes train for four to six hours each day during the summer and three hours in the afternoon during the school year. More than 50 girls and boys are part of the gymnastics program.
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  • Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics

    Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics
    In a photograph taken on April 7, 2012, young Chinese gymnasts train at a special sport school in Hefei, in east China's Anhui province. Schooling and family take a back seat to eight hours of training, six days a week.
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  • Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics

    Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics
    In a photograph taken on April 7, 2012, a young Chinese gymnast trains at a special sport school in Hefei, in east China's Anhui province, where potential gymnasts embark on a grueling schedule that aims to create champions. It is a rigid system that demands total dedication, and in which the state invests millions of dollars to develop its athletes.
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  • Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics

    Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics
    Students practice their daily training at the state-owned Shichahai sports school on July 25, 2003, in Beijing. The school is one of China's most renowned sports institutions and has taught many Olympic winners, with days that begin at 6:30 a.m. and end at 9:30 p.m., with academic work in the morning and sports in the afternoon.
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  • Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics

    Tough Chinese sports schools teach children gymnastics
    The blistered hands of a 7-year-old gymnast, April 17, 2000, show the dedication expected at the Shichahai sports school in Beijing, where children are trained from as young as age 3 with the intention of finding future Olympic champions.
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