China's Fu Yuanhui: The Happiest Olympian?

August 13, 2016

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Fu Yuanhui is an Olympic swimmer. She is 20 years old and from the Chinese city of Hangzhou. She competed in the 100-meter backstroke event this week in Rio de Janeiro. She finished third in her semi-final swim on August 7.

Shortly after the semi-finals, Fu became a trending topic on Chinese social media. A short time later, she became a trending topic around the world.

 

It was not her swimming, however, that made her famous. It was some of the comments she made afterward.

 

A Chinese reporter spoke with Fu after the semi-finals. The reporter told her that she swam the race in under 59 seconds. This seemed to shock Fu.

 

 “58.95?” Fu said with excitement. “I was really fast!” She told the reporter that she used “mystical powers” in her swim.

 

One American swimming coach wrote on Twitter: “Our swimmers are great, but Fu Yuanhui from China is easily my favorite.”

 

Even the Huffington Post website called her, the “most lovable athlete at the Rio Olympics.”

 

Fu’s fame only grew on August 9, when she competed in the 100-meter backstroke finals. She beat her semi-final time. She swam the race in 58.76 seconds. It was fast enough to earn her a share of the bronze medal. She tied for third place with Kylie Masse of Canada.

 

Her comments after the race won Fu even more followers in China and around the world.

 

 

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