We can think of only a few things that would match up to the elation of winning a gold medal at the Olympics. But finding out that your family members are dead or dying right after would certainly be a major downer.
But that's what reportedly happened to Chinese diver Minxia Wu, who recently won the gold medal in synchronized diving event. Shortly after her big win, her family decided it was the right time to inform her that her mother had breast cancer and two of her grandparents died a year ago.
According to Yahoo! News, her family decided to keep it a secret for the past year so that Wu could fully focus on her training. She has been training at a daily diving camp since the age
6, and left home at 16 to begin living at a government-run aquatic
sports institute. Now that's what we call dedication!
As the athlete's father explained to the Shanghai Morning Post, the Wus are not a family deserving of joy:
"We accepted a long time ago that she doesn't belong entirely to us. I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."
As it turns out, there is a silver lining to this dark cloud of gloominess after all; Wu's mother's breast cancer is reportedly now in remission.