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Chinese Champions visit with Badgers

ON WISCONSIN <b>Annemarie Hickey peppers with Olympic gold medalist Yang Hao.</b>
Annemarie Hickey peppers with Olympic gold medalist Yang Hao.

Sept. 12, 2012

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MADISON, Wis. – They are all champions, and today, the Wisconsin volleyball team had a chance to meet eight Chinese athletes as part of the UW’s Chinese Champions Program. The eight athletes, including Olympic volleyball gold medalist Yang Hao, were all either Olympians or world champions in their respective sports.

The Chinese Champions Program – a unique partnership with Beijing Sport University (BSU), the China Scholarship Council and UW – brings Chinese Olympic and world champion medalists to Madison as students in a non-degree sports leadership seminar. The champions are high-profile athletes enrolled in a post-graduate program at BSU designed to help them make the transition to new roles within China’s sports infrastructure.

The Chinese athletes watched practice and also met with former Badger Marian Weidner, who studied abroad in China while at the UW. The athletes had the chance to talk to the Badger team and also asked them to autograph a t-shirt before a group photo. Yang Hao showed off her volleyball skills with a quick game of pepper with Annemarie Hickey while Olympic gold medalist Luo Wei showed off her taekwondo skills to Kt Kvas.

The Chinese athletes will be on campus until Dec. 15. Their first few weeks have been filled with coursework, orientations and ongoing training. The customized set of classes focuses on sports management, training and organization, plus intensive English study. The group also watched the Ironman Triathlon on Sunday.

Related Article: UW-Madison welcomes third group of Chinese athletes


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