Golden Lily (Lijia Xu)

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The inspirational autobiography from Asia’s first dinghy sailing gold medallist. A rare insight into the world of relentless training and unquestioning compliance for Chinese athletes. The story of a young woman’s will to succeed.

The fascinating autobiography from Asia’s first ever dinghy sailing gold medallist. Becoming a full-time athlete at just

10 years old, Lijia Xu was taken away from her parents and enrolled on the gruelling Chinese training regime, prescribed to catapult the nation’s talented youngsters to international champions. A rare insight into a shocking world of relentless training and unquestioning compliance, Lijia’s honest account takes you on her journey from physical disabilities and debilitating injuries to learning to think for herself, eventually going on to achieve her dream. This is an inspirational story of a young woman’s will to succeed despite all that her background threw at her.

key selling points

  •  Excellent link to 2016 Olympic Games.

  •  Fascinating insight into the gruelling Chinese training regime used with their professional athletes.

  •  Foreword by Sir Ben Ainslie.

    Born in Shanghai, Lijia Xu became a full-time athlete (in the sport of sailing) at the age of 10. After achieving success in the Optimist class she moved on to the Laser Radial, in which she won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Since she has been awarded many accolades including the 2012 ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award.