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Goodbye Panda

December 4th, 2009 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Tai Shan, the panda Americans have watched with awe since his 2005 birth at the National Zoo in Washington D.C., is going home. On loan from China, Tai Shan was allowed to stay at the Zoo for two and a half years longer than originally agreed upon–but now he must head to his native soil to enter into the main breeding program at the Beifengxia base in Sichuan.

Saying "baibai" to Tai Shan

Baibai, Tai Shan

Sad, but neccesary. Let’s just hope that China doesn’t call in any of our other debts. [quivers]

[AFP: Tough To Bear -Washington Loses Panda Cub To China]


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July 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Liang Chow

Hails from: Beijing

Occupation: Head coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team

Known for: Along with his wife Liwen Zhuang, coaching top U.S. powerhouse Shawn Johnson, who calls Chow her “second dad,” to greatness; making his protege part-Asian (“I have the precision and technique people admire in the Chinese and the power that’s typical of American gymnasts. It makes me stand out,” she’s said); bouncing back from the devastating floods in Iowa (Chow now resides in West Des Moines), which badly damaged his gym; being a member of the Chinese bronze medal-winning team at the 1989 World Championships.

Unlike most Hardass Gymnastics Coaches, Coach Chow can often be seen smiling and laughing on the sidelines. And now that he’s returning to his hometown as head coach of the women’s team with the all-around gold medal favorite in Johnson, he has plenty more to smile about.


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