Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Jai yo!

Jai Yo!

That's the chinese cheer equivalent to "U.S.A!" - and it means "Add Fuel." It's a chant that is heard constantly when the chinese athletes are competing. "Jai yo, Cheng Fei!" "JAI - YO! CHENG - FEI!"

You know, in America, we just chant the name. USA. Yay us. You're American and that's why we like you. "U-S-A! U-S-A!"

In China, they demand more. Yes, you're chinese and we're going to cheer for you, but you better do more. Add fuel. And they won't be on their feet for anything less than perfect. The Chinese men in the gymnastics team final had a simply stunning day - and the crowd was intensely behind them. But not on their feet. Jai yo. More.

The American men were phenomenal yesterday. That was one of the most incredible competitions I've ever seen. Jonathan Horton - holy crap. Dude is a machine.

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