After much research the Chinese government declared that coaches (Olympic and non-Olympic) would have to receive training in the ancient Taoist art of Qigong. Along with the coaches, physical therapy would also primarily be based on Chinese Medicine, Chinese Massage (Tui-Na), Qigong, Tai Chi and Taoist Philosophy. This new training regimen would integrate the ancient arts with some western training components.
What were the results?
In the 2004 summer Olympic games in Athens, Greece, China sent a delegation consisting of 384 athletes competing in 26 sports. They shocked the world with 32 gold, 17 silver and 14 bronze medals, for a total of 63 medals and second place in the overall medal count.
After these impressive results the Chinese increased their pursuit and training in the ancient arts of Taoism. Training was increased exponentially leading up to the Amazing 2008 Beijing Olympics (which will be discussed thoroughly in a separate article). In the 2008 games, the host country had an impressive and massive delegation consisting of 639 athletes competing in 28 sports. The results speak for themselves: 51 Gold, 21 Silver, 28 Bronze, for a total of 100 medals and First Place in the overall medal count.
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How it Began
Daniel Chan is the son of Master Teresa. He has been practicing Qi Gong from 4 years old supporting his physical and emotional balance.
Daniel has since become a 400 meter hurdler from Toronto, Ontario. His athletic journey started in high school, where he won gold at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships. At the Canadian Junior Championships in Moncton, NB, he won silver in the 400m Hurdles, qualifying him to represent Canada in the World Junior Track and Field Championships. For over 8 years, Daniel has been competing at an international level, with Olympics on his mind. With the 2015 Pan-Am Games happening this summer on home turf and 2016 Olympics in Rio on the horizon, momentum is building faster than ever.
In April 2015, Daniel’s mother, Teresa Yeung, recognized the financial shortfalls involved for Daniel to fulfill his dream of becoming a world-class professional athlete. Teresa, along with her two daughters, Rebecca and Jacqueline founded GO FOR THE GOLD FOR DANIEL