The path of her future, we will help her along the way. - Coach Lu Shanzhen on Cheng Fei
Former team captain Chen Fei has arrived at the training camp in Wuhan with the rest of the national team. Still recovering from her injury earlier this year, Cheng Fei was spotted coaching young gymnasts at the training camp. When interviewed on future plan for his beloved disciple Cheng Fei, Coach Lu Shanzhen says it all depends on the Cheng Fei’s wishes.
“Although she’s almost recovered from her injuries, she still needs some time before she’s able to withstand the large impact of training” said Coach Lu Shanzhen, “while she’s still recovering, we do not want to neglect her time with gymnastics, so she is helping out on coaching the young gymnasts while sidelined during this time”. He continues, “although she is the Olympic champion, she’s only 24 years old just like the average person; she still has more to learn, whether professionally or culturally. I hope she will be able to continue her education that will help develop her for a greater future. But of course, we‘ll respect her decisions; if she’s not willing to leave gymnastics, she can always come back, and we‘ll welcome her with open arms”.
(Pictured: Cheng Fei helps a young gymnast with her technique during winter training. Photo Credit: Ke Hao)