The stories behind stars' success

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 31 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 31 January, 2009, 12:00am

I am writing in response to the article 'Medals bring fame but not always happiness' (Young Post, July 21, 2008). I think that is very true, not only for sports players but for all celebrities.

I am sure most people have watched a sporting event (especially the Olympic Games) at some point. A lot of people are fond of sports and love watching sports events. But I wonder if they ever stopped to think of what the players have done in order to reach the heights of success.

People are certainly aware of the famous sports stars and the events in which they compete, but they are probably not aware of all the hard work they have put in to get to the top. The road to the winners' podium is long and full of pain and sacrifice.

We should try to learn more about the story behind celebrities' success. Watching sports is exciting and enjoyable, but we would appreciate the champions' achievements even more if we knew more about them.

Fung Sin-ying

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter, Sin-ying. You are right that we will always enjoy a match more if we have some knowledge about the athletes beforehand. In fact, we can even be drawn to sports we would not normally watch because there is some sort of dramatic background story.

Of course one of the hottest stories on circuit at the moment is that of cyclist Lance Armstrong - see the back page of today's Young Post. He overcame great challenges to get where he is today and uses his fame to help others. Now he is going to take part in the Tour de France. Even if one is not interested in cycling, the story behind this champion makes watching the race extra meaningful.

Susan, Editor