Chinese Diver Minxia Wu won the gold medal in synchronized diving yesterday. As part of her celebration, her family revealed to her that her mother had breast cancer and two of her grandparents died a year ago.
They hadn't shared this news before because they didn't want to distract her from her training.
As the athlete's father explained to the Shanghai Morning Post, the Wus are not a family deserving of joy:
"We accepted a long time ago that she doesn't belong entirely to us. I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."
He added, in song:
"Santa Claus we never see /
Santa Claus—What's that? Who's he?"
Yahoo! News reports that Wu was training at a daily diving camp by age 6. At 16, she left home to begin living at a government-run aquatic sports institute.
Her mother's breast cancer is now in remission.
[Yahoo! News // Image via Getty]