A Chinese acrobat team has made the news for making the Olympic field look like a soccer field, but it turns out that the athletes who perform these acrobatically feats also take part in the Chinese Communist Party’s Cultural Revolution.
We caught up with Shaoxing’s Xinhui Zhang and the rest of the Shanghai Acrobatic Team to find out what’s going on.
Shaoxing Xinhuian Zhang, a Chinese acrobat who was born in Shanghai, performs at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2008.
Xinhuliang Zhang/APX7The Shanghai Acrobatics Team, a troupe that consists of Zhang and his team of four acrobates, is one of the many performing acrobacy acts for the Chinese Olympic Committee, or COC.
Zhang is a former Communist Party member who is now a professional performer.
He’s currently a member of the Beijing Olympics Team.
The team, which has been practicing in the stadium of the Chinese city since the early 2000s, won gold in the Beijing Games in 2007.
But Zhang’s performance is something of a revelation.
As he told us in an interview, he’s seen many Chinese acropathons in the past.
His favorite, however, was the one that happened at the 2003 Summer Olympics, when Zhang was just 16 years old.
He was playing with his brothers and sisters and he had to get up and go up to the stage and get up on stage.
He did a dance in front of the audience, and then he had this huge roar and all of the other kids were like, “Woo-hoo, wooooo-hoooo!”
He remembers that moment well.
“It was like it was an actual dance, you know?
That was amazing.
You had to do it, you had to go up, and it was just a huge celebration.”
Zhang has had several other performances at the Olympics, including at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
The Shanghai team is hoping to make it to the Rio Games, but the organizers have made it clear that they’re not interested in seeing Zhang’s group at the Games.
Zhang said he has received plenty of requests to participate in the Olympics.
“We’ve had a few requests to do something, but nothing is on the table,” he said.
“I just feel like it’s something that is really important, that’s what I really want to do.”
We talked with Zhang for a few minutes and he told our team about some of the challenges of performing acrobatics at the games.
His group is a bit smaller than the typical Chinese gymnastics troupe.
“There’s not enough people on the team to perform every single thing we’re doing,” Zhang said, “so I guess the main thing is just to practice.
It’s not like they’re all going to be in the same position, so you just have to work at it.”
Zhuo-qing Wang, a member from Shanghai’s Shijiazhuang Sports Academy, was a member on the Shanghai Olympic team in the 2003 Olympics, but he left the country after he was caught red-handed stealing $4,000 worth of items.
He has not been seen since.
The Beijing Olympic team is also working on improving their acrobat skills.
Zhang hopes to become a better acrobat than Wang.
“I think Wang’s been doing well in the last Olympics, so I’m hoping he can keep that kind of progress going,” Zhang told our group.
Zhang also said that he and his teammates have a plan for how they’re going to improve their performance, though he did not elaborate.
“We want to become better, but we also want to work on improving ourselves,” he told the team.
Zhuoshan Xu, a 22-year-old student from the Shijiai Sports Academy in Shijiong, said he hopes to perform acrobatically for the Olympics at the 2020 Beijing Games.
Xu also told the Buzzfeed team that he hopes his performance in the upcoming games will be better than the previous performances.
The Shanghai Olympic Team, who is not known for performing well on stage, hopes to be on the podium in the 2020 Olympics.
Xu told us that he is very interested in performing acro-britain, but is not sure whether he can perform in China.
“It’s not my area of expertise, but I know how to do things.
I know what the Chinese culture is like.
But I think it’s not something I can do,” Xu said.
The team is working to improve its performance every day.
“Even though it’s just one performance, every day we try to improve,” Zhang added.
“Every time we’re practicing, we try our best to improve.
So I think we’ll be very good in the future.”