The incredible training of Chinese gymnastics is revealed for the first time! Award-winning photographers Anderson and Low have created an astonishing record of the lives of Chinese gymnasts as they strive to achieve their potential as well as the levels expected of them. It is a giant of a book that will leave those lucky enough to own a copy speechless, whether from shock or awe. Never before have the Chinese authorities allowed such complete cooperation to photographers: they were allowed unparalleled freedom of movement and access to any gymnast. This level of intimacy with Chinese athletes, coaches, physiotherapists and other support staff is unprecedented. As a result, this is a story being told for the very first time. For weeks at a time Anderson and Low became a part of the lives of the gymnasts as they trained, photographing whatever and wherever they wished. The result is a unique and candid insight into the pain and joy, the exuberance and utter exhaustion, the hardships and the triumph of these remarkable people's lives.
Past and present champions and gold medallists feature, as do many future hopefuls; however the book also offers us vivid images of the youngsters who are just setting out on this long journey. "Endure" is a book that will stand alone amidst the plethora of Olympic-themed publications that we can expect to see over the coming months. It offers something unique of the highest quality to true Games enthusiasts: for followers of gymnastics it is a must.
Publisher: Serindia Publications, Inc