Wow- that's awful.
This really got to me:
I know it is a different culture, but what a stark difference to the P&G "Thank you Mom" commercials (although I'm pissed at them for missing out on Dad) and the clips of parents (albiet annoying) going crazy in the stands for their kids (not even just US- we saw the Dad of the swimmer who beat Phelps)."We accepted a long time ago that she doesn't belong entirely to us," Wu Yuming told the Shanghai Morning Post. "I don't even dare to think about things like enjoying family happiness."
Even Gabby Douglas's Mom, who like many parents of Olympians has had to cope with her daughter moving away from home talks of gaining new family members in her host parents. While I have no doubt it was difficult, there is no talk of it being like she lost her child.
I just can't imagine "Congratulations on your medal. You did your country proud. Oh yeah, your grandparents are dead, and it is lucky your mother isn't." Kind of ruins the celebration. But I know I have western bias here.