It's sad that at just 24, Mo Huilan has been forced into retirement, at least in her first career: gymnastics. Asked what it's like to be a female athlete on the mainland, the Atlanta Olympics silver medal winner says: 'It is quite unfair, but the good thing is that Chinese female athletes can easily beat men in most fields.' But she laments that 'our shelf life is very short - women retire at 18 or 19, while men have until 25 or so'. The 1995 world beam champion says she misses the feeling of standing on the podium while her national flag is raised. It's an 'amazing feeling', she says. Mo is putting her first career behind her and beginning a second: she has completed a degree in journalism and has started working as a sports reporter with Phoenix Television.