Gold medalists at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 the Chinese National relay team was made up of (L-R) Sun lin lin, Wang Meng, Zhang Hui and Zhou Yang. To lump them together would be a major disservice. I worked with the Chinese National Short track speed skating team from 2006 to 2010 while living in China.
Sun Lin Lin
I clearly remember seeing her the first day I met the team. Cute girl, no butt and no strength. In my mind she had no chance to skate fast and I told the head coach as much. I was a stupid 26 year old coach and would learn my lesson over time. Sun Lin Lin was never the fastest or best skater but she was an incredibly hard worker who put in the extra hours over 4 years. She was originally an alternate to the starting relay team but a last minute skating injury to much beloved Liu Qiu Hong left Sun Lin Lin the opportunity to start in the Olympics and she made the best of it winning a gold medal.
The classic "high effort, high ability" athlete. Blessed with natural speed Wang Meng also had a competitive streak that others outside her circle might not know about. A tremendous soccer and basketball player during inter squad games Wang Meng often dominated both women and men at whatever sport she felt like. Upon arriving Weng Meng was neck and neck with the best Korean skaters but after 4 years she blew everyone away breaking many track, World and Olympic records. Wang Meng won 3 gold medals in Vancouver.
Young and powerful Zhang Hui was another talented athlete that came onto the National team two years into my stay in China. A great sense of depreciating humour made Zhang Hui a team favorite. Hard working from the beginning Zhang Hui slowly climbed the team ranks and eventually earned a spot on the relay team winning a gold medal.
Weak. The only way to describe Zhou Yang when I first met her was weak and maybe uncoordinated. Terrible at every sport, Zhou Yang became a fish in water when she laced up her skates. Always talented she gained more and more speed over time as she became more powerful. Going from a squat of 40kg to 130kg over 4 years helped Zhou Yang break many speed records and she won 2 gold medals at Vancouver.