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PostPosted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:30 pm
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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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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:08 am
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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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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 2:34 pm
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It is difficult for Yao Ming to balance on snow. He better avoid such movements.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2013 5:07 pm
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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.

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

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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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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 6:26 am
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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?".

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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.

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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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PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:24 am
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This must be the FIRST public photo of Yao Ming for the Year of the Snake !!! 8)

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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 !!! :P :lol: :D


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:57 pm
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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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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:02 pm
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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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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:55 pm
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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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Yao talks animal rights at zoo visit

[size=109]By CHRIS DUNCAN | Associated Press

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:35 pm
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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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