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Chinese superstar Lin Dan releases 'inspiring' autobiography
Publication Date : 14-08-2012
Badminton superstar Lin Dan released his autobiography the day he defended his men’s singles title at the London Olympic Games.
The book, titled "Until the End of the World" is his gift to his fans who have been a pillar of strength throughout his stellar 12-year career.
The stories in the book are the most realistic tales of his life, Lin Dan said.
“I hope that, through this book, young people will be able to understand the growing-up process of an ordinary athlete like me and see what I have gone through in my career,” he said in an interview at a book signing session.
He said early in his career, critics and teammates poked fun at him by calling him “Lin Yi Lun” (First Round Lin) because he would lose in the first round.
“But I continued to work hard and eventually won all the major titles that badminton has to offer. I hope my perseverance and dedication will motivate others,” he said.
Lin Dan defeated Malaysia's Lee Chong Wei 15-21, 21-10, 21-19 in the final to become the first men’s singles player to win the gold twice in Olympic history.
The Chinese ace also has a tattoo with the words “Until the End of the World” to signify that his relationship with his wife Xie Xingfang would last forever.
On another matter, Lin Dan said he was not upset by the insulting lyrics targeting him in a music video clip produced and performed by Malaysian singer Wee Meng Chee or Namewee.
Namewee’s video clip in Hokkien abusing Lin Dan and praising Chong Wei, was uploaded after the Malaysian No. 1’s defeat in the Olympic final. This prompted Chong Wei to apologise to Lin Dan and the Chinese fans.