RIO DE JANEIRO – Yu Yang’s racquet sliced through the air, sending desperation volleys back to her Danish opponents. It was match point. At stake, the chance to play for Rio Olympic gold in women’s doubles badminton. This was everything.
The final hit from the Danes traveled at 214 miles per hour, and Yang couldn’t return it, as her team tumbled out of the semifinals and into the bronze medal consolation match. But it wasn’t for lack of effort in the three-set defeat.
While it’s usually not noteworthy that an athlete would try her hardest to win an Olympic event, it was significant in Yang’s case. Because the last time she participated in the Summer Games, in London 2012, she did everything she could to not win a match.
The last time she competed in Olympic badminton, her tournament didn’t end with a chance at a medal – it ended with aRead More »from Disgraced badminton Olympians put match-throwing behind them in Rio