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It should not all be about badminton.
– Lin Dan
Team competition is my priority.
During the off-season, I try to increase my practice sessions, and I am also training with my coaches.
It is for me to realise my value and put in the effort to win big tournaments.
Badminton is a cruel sport.
I hope Lee’s scandal isn’t real.
Being a professional athlete, we all want to win the title.
When you fully focus in the match, you don’t think too much about the atmosphere and the climate. Even if the temperature goes up, we will both sweat the same.
You don’t just need skills and talent, you also need luck.
I have never considered any player as my competitor; each one of them is good and talented, and my job is to beat them.
Every time I am not playing, I am training harder to keep myself fit.
I hope to play well and get better and better.
I am training 8-9 hours a day and will give my best shot for Rio.
Win or lose, I believe in giving my best and that is what I always do.
Of course, in China, there’s already plenty of people who like badminton. I’m hoping more foreigners, Americans, and other countries can get into this sport.
I am no genius; I just worked hard like my other teammates, and I believe all my teammates can win the title as they work hard, too.
Badminton is not only about winning. What is important to me is about playing hard, doing my best and putting up a good show for the spectators.
It is difficult to single out any one player, as I aim to give my best against every single player that I have played so far against.
I just want to play my game.
I still want to see the Lin-Lee rivalry; those games always bring great fun for the fans.
I love badminton, and representing China is an honour for me.
If you play a match, then you got to give it all to beat the opponent; there is nothing like playing against a great or a non-great player. I treat them all as opponents and aim to beat them.
Of course every player wants to go from good to better, but one should not be obsessed with it.
It is our responsibility, but not burden, to be champions.
Lee is such a brilliant rival. I treasure the opportunities we have to play each other.
I have admired Taufik Hidayat for being exceptionally talented and Hendrawan for being a great player only because of his hard work and dedication. I have always looked up to them as players.