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pryuen
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Photos of the opening ceremony of 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea last night.

Kim Yuna, the South Korean national sports darling and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar gave opening addresses and led the athletes' pledge.

Through a pre-taped video, Yao Ming also gave a few words of encouragement to the disabled athletes.



































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pryuen
Posted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 4:08 am Reply with quote
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This afternoon (January 30), international movie star Zhang Ziyi, also a Global Ambassador of Special Olympics joined Yao Ming and Ye Li in participating with other volunteers and disabled athletes in a snow shoeing relay.

Both Zhang Ziyi and Ye Li did pretty well in their respective relay, but Yao Ming came in the last in his group, passing the relay baton to his team mate.

Later in his interview with reporters, he said it is his first time to try some winter sport; and he was happy to be able to share fun with other disabled athletes on the occasion. He said winning is not necessarily the most important thing in the spirit of Special Olympics. But what is more important is the courage to participate and the persistence to complete the competition. He said from the disabled athletes, he respected their persistence and participation and their courage to face challenges and overcome adversity.


































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superjohn
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It is difficult for Yao Ming to balance on snow. He better avoid such movements.
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pryuen
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A few more photos of Yao Ming in yesterday's 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Presenting and answering questions from Cherie Booth, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, on the development and progress of the Special Olympics movement in China in the Special Olympics Global Development Summit hosted by China's Yang Lan.



Joining the disabled athletes in a snow shoeing relay together with his wife Ye Li and Zhang Ziyi.





As I predicted, bumped into his old pal and team mate, Dikembe Mutombo, who is also a Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.


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pryuen
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Yao Ming was a very busy man this morning at 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

He and his wife Ye Li woke up early and started to serve breakfast at 07:00 am for disabled athletes that came from around the world. This is a traditional activity of Special Olympics called "May I Serve You?".













Then he and Ye Li joined their compatriot Yang Yang 杨扬, a two-time Olympic Champion from 2002 Winter Olympics and a five-time Overall World Champion for 1998-2002 in short track speed skating and now a current IOC member to travel to Gangneung, a city in Gangwon-do, on the east coast of South Korea.

They first went to Gangneung Ice Rink to cheer and rave support for the Chinese short track speed skating team.







Then after staying awhile to watch the short track speed skating, the 3 of them went to visit Kwangdong University, which is also located in Gangneung.

Gangneung
will be the venue for all the indoor sports (curling, speed skating, short track speed skating, figure skating and ice hockey) of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and at Kwangdong University (where a new indoor stadium will be built to host ice hockey competition), they offered a free medical check services for all the disabled athletes participating in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

Yao Ming and Yang Yang went there to inspect the facilities and took a briefing from the medical staffs and volunteers there.




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pryuen
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This must be the FIRST public photo of Yao Ming for the Year of the Snake !!! Cool



Not too sure about what occasion.

But this is a photo from JJ Watt's Twitter, where he said he and Yao Ming just had lunch together (on February 12th).

And when most people think of JJ Watt, the NFL 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, the defensive end from Houston Texans, they likely think of a
BIG guy (as he is 6ft 5 and 295 pounds).

But when he stood beside Yao Ming.....
BOOM..... he became SUCH a TINY guy.

NO WONDER he tweeted in his Twitter that he believes Yao Ming could knock down a pass or two in Amercian football !!! Razz Laughing Very Happy
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pryuen
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Asia Society Texas Centre in Houston played host to Yao Ming on Tuesday (February 12).

It was Yao Ming's second visit to Asia Society Texas Centre since the inauguration/groundbreaking of the Centre in 2008.

Yao Ming
will appear again on a a special luncheon on Friday, February 15 with former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jay Williams to talk about his basketball career and life after retirement.

And during his Tuesday visit, Yao Ming sat down for an exclusive one-on-one interview, where he talked about the difference between Chinese and US basketball culture, the development and activities of his Yao Ming Foundation and Yao Family Wines.

Yao Ming will also be an honoree at Asia Society Southern California's Annual Dinner on February 19, where he will be joined by Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash and other special guests.


Here are photos of Yao Ming with the staffs of Asia Society Texas Centre and the one-on-one interview.



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pryuen
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And here is the 7 minute long one-on-one interview done with Asia Society Texas Centre on basketball in Chinese culture and his recent work with the Yao Ming Foundation and Yao Family Wines.

http://asiasociety.org/video/lifestyle/one-one-yao-ming
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pryuen
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Big Yao is NOT ONLY BIG in SIZE but also in his HEART !!!

He was in Houston Zoo on Thursday (February 14) in a WildAid event with over 2 dozens of US kids, feeding giraffe, petting a rhino, watching an elephant doing a headstand with the hope to increase awareness for his animal conservation causes in the United States amongst the younger generation.

Prior to the tour of the Houston Zoo, he invited his old friend Uncle Deke Mutombo, and young friend Jeremy Lin to shoot a public service announcement for WildAid promoting his shark-fin cause.



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http://news.yahoo.com/yao-talks-animal-rights-zoo-visit-002527750--spt.html

Yao talks animal rights at zoo visit

By CHRIS DUNCAN | Associated Press

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013


HOUSTON (AP) Yao Ming fed a giraffe, petted a rhino and watched an elephant do a headstand during a visit to the Houston Zoo on Thursday.

The former Houston Rockets center, in town in advance of this weekend's All-Star festivities, has become increasingly active in animal-rights causes since he retired from basketball because of repeated injuries in July 2011.

Late in his playing career, Yao became a vocal and the most famous critic of shark-fin soup, a centuries-old delicacy in China. He began actively campaigning in 2006 against "finning" by fishermen carving off the shark's valuable fins and dumping their bodies back in the ocean, sometimes while the shark is still alive.

Before he walked around the zoo with about two dozen children, Yao filmed a public service announcement promoting his shark-fin cause with former Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo and current Houston point guard Jeremy Lin.

Yao has now started campaigning against elephant and rhino poaching in Africa and Asia. He'll star in a documentary on the subject, based on his visit to Kenya last summer, that is scheduled to be released in China toward the end of 2013.

"It's not as simple as just 'protect this planet, protect those animals,'" Yao said. "In the end, it's 'protect ourselves.' We know the cycle we have on this planet it's one species down and there's another one after that, and after that and after that. At the end of the day, we're on that cycle as well."

An eight-time All-Star, Yao became a global icon when he played, leading the expansion of the NBA's appeal through Asia. His worldwide popularity has proven to be a highly effective platform for his animal-conservation efforts, as well, said Peter Knights, the executive director of the San Francisco-based conservation group WildAid.

"He is not only the biggest star in China, he's also the most respected star," Knights said. "He's now the face of conservation and he's literally changing a generation in China."

Yao is gratified by the progress he's seen.


Last summer, the Chinese government announced it would remove shark-fin soup from the menus of government banquets over the next three years and high-end restaurants have started replacing shark-fin soup with a substitute made with gelatin, starch and seaweed. Last month, the South China Morning Post reported that census data from Hong Kong shows that imports of shark fins dropped from 10,292 tons in 2011 to 3,087 tons in 2012.

"The numbers show the payback for the effort that everybody has put in," Yao said. "It showed that it was very effective."


Yao talked to children as he petted one of the zoo's southern white rhinos. Poachers in Africa and Asia chop off the rhino's horns and sell them. The horns are ground into powder and then sold for various medicinal purposes, including as a hangover cure. The ivory elephant tusks, Knights said, are cut off in a similar manner, sold and used mostly for ornamental uses.

Yao is hoping to increase awareness for his causes in the United States and wants to start by making an impression on the younger generation.

"You have little pets in your house dogs, cats, all kinds," Yao said. "Just imagine your relationship with your pets. That's the same thing, the same kind of thing, that the African people have with those big animals. They're living in the same country, just like in the same house.

"We want to show them examples, as a first stage, how animals look and how beautiful they are," he said. "Our hope in the future that they'll not only see the animals in the zoo, but hopefully in the wild."


Yao said his involvement with animal conservation is separate from his foundation, which he launched in 2008 to help rebuild schools in the wake of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. Yao said the foundation last year set up a youth basketball league for the affected schools.
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Photos of Yao Ming doing the WildAid Public Service Announcement
together with Uncle Mutombo and Jeremy Lin and feeding the
giraffes at the Houston Zoo.
























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