National Day military parade,
In 1984, 12-year-old Xu Zheng witnessed the peak moment of women's volleyball gold. "In eight years or so, in the lane, everyone watched the women's volleyball match. This impressed me very and very deeply." By directing the "Win the Championship" unit in "My Motherland and Me", Xu Zheng reproduced his youth when he was young. He did not use any actor to play the volleyball team, but he took everyone to relive the history of the Chinese women's volleyball team winning the Los Angeles Olympics.
Why do we often mention the spirit of the women's volleyball team? In this movie, everyone in the Shanghai lane has the answer.
In the 1980s, the Chinese women's volleyball team was not only a championship team, but also the spiritual totem of the entire country. After defeating Japan in 1981 and winning the first world championship, the whole of China was boiling. People gathered in Tiananmen Square, chanting "Long live China, long live women's volleyball team!"
the next day,
"After the women's volleyball team won the championship, my spiking image was stamped with commemorative coins and commemorative medals. Like a national hero, playing basketball is no longer my personal business, but a national event." Lang Ping recalled.
In 1982, after returning from the World Championships in Peru, Yuan Weimin made a bold statement: "Our goal is to achieve three consecutive championships!" However, after winning the second world championship, the women's volleyball team experienced a major exchange of blood, Sun Jinfang, Chen Yaqiong, Cao Huiying The five main players, Chen Zhaodi and Yang Xi, retired. In the 1983 Asian Championships, the Chinese women's volleyball team, which was at the turn of the old and the new, lost to Japan 0-3 in the final, losing the Asian championship. Japanese media believe that the 1984 Olympic champion will become a dispute between Japan and the United States.
The Chinese women's volleyball team was temporarily in a trough. Yuan Weimin realized that there was a lack of understanding among the players, so he invited the retired Sun Jinfang and other old players to do ideological work for the newcomers. At the same time, they used the method of changing the main force to substitute and the main force to strengthen the team. The tacit understanding. In the Spring Festival of 1984, the women's volleyball team conducted a devilish closed training in Chenzhou. Difficulties and uncertain future, but they did not give up on the goal of three consecutive championships.
As shown in "Win the Championship", fans have high hopes for this women's volleyball team. Before leaving for Los Angeles, a girl from Nanjing University handed over a red handkerchief to Lang Ping for her grandmother. "Liberation Daily" wrote: "A handkerchief fully demonstrates the care and support of one billion people for the women's volleyball team."
In 1984, the Warsaw Pact countries led by the Soviet Union boycotted the Los Angeles Olympics, and the Soviet Women’s Volleyball and Cuban Women’s Volleyball Team did not participate. However, none of the top four teams in the 1982 World Championships, China, Peru, the United States, and Japan, were absent. Still very intense. Japan regards the Chinese women's volleyball team as its number one imaginary enemy. After arriving in Los Angeles, the male sparring players wore vests with the names and numbers of the Chinese players during training. Head coach Yamada Shigeo is very confident: "The Japanese women's volleyball team is in a very good state. This time against China, I believe that the Chinese panda will not be easily eaten.
As the host, the United States is also determined to win the championship. Lang Ping recalled in his autobiography "Passion Years": "I insisted on 8 hours of collective training every day, 12 players, none of them were married, and during the training, none of them had a formal job. They did nothing for volleyball... In more than a year, they traveled around the world and played nearly a hundred games. The whole team had only one belief: to win the Los Angeles Olympics!"
Lang Ping at the 1984 Olympics.
In the first two games of the group stage, the Chinese women’s volleyball team defeated Brazil and the Federal Republic of Germany 3-0. In the third game, they encountered the host United States. According to the rules, the loser of this game will face another group’s first place, Japan. Before the game, the United States. The team’s head coach Salinger joked with Zhang Yipei, the leader of the Chinese women’s volleyball team: “You have a way to deal with the Japanese team. Let’s leave it to you.”
Unexpectedly, Salinger was right. Although the total score of the four innings was 1 point more than that of the United States, the Chinese women's volleyball team still lost 1-3 to their opponents. Heyman and Klost bombed wildly in front of the net. The Chinese team didn't have much to do. On the contrary, Lang Ping's smash was repeatedly intercepted by the opponent's deputy, Majes. What's more fatal is that there were frequent mistakes at critical moments, and under the pressure, the girls' mentality collapsed.
It is the tradition of the Chinese women's volleyball team to stay overnight if there are problems. The summary meeting lasts until two o'clock in the morning. The main reasons for the loss are basically sorted out, and the dark cloud in Lang Ping's heart has not yet dispersed. As the team's number one main attacker, the iron hammer was under tremendous pressure and couldn't eat. Zhang Rongfang sat with her on the lawn of the Olympic Village and cried silently. Yuan Weimin comforted the iron hammer: Don't be troubled with yourself, be troubled with your opponent, can afford it, let it go, is the general demeanor.
Lang Ping wrote in his diary: "The match on August 3 was stopped by the opponent. I recognize it. I admit this reality, but I am not convinced. My level has not been really played. Lang Ping is still Lang Ping, I still High-level attacker."
In this game, Japanese coach Shigeo Yamada took the Japanese women's volleyball team back to rest after watching the second game. He thought that the Chinese team had a chance to win, but he did not expect the United States to win. Playing the Chinese team in advance is also the most undesirable situation for the Japanese team. They must defeat China in the semifinals to reach the finals.
The Sino-Japanese battle does not require any mobilization. The Asian Championships lost the championship a year ago. The scene of Shigeo Yamada arrogantly ignoring Yuan Weimin at the award ceremony is still vivid. Before the game, Lang Ping gave his teammates a reassurance: "Please rest assured, there are only three things to do with family, and nothing to do with me."
Both sides are prepared, Yamada Shigeo wants to win by surprise, disrupt the rhythm of the Chinese team, and take advantage of the chaos to sacrifice a secret weapon. The Chinese team has formulated three strategies: play tactics and make changes; control strong attacks and block fast breaks; catch the serve and break a pass.
After the first game, the situation gradually became clear. The attack points of the 3rd and 4th positions of the Japanese team that had worked repeatedly in the Asian Championships were basically blocked. Shigeo Yamada, who had led the team to participate in the Olympics three times and won three world championships, was also confused. , When requesting a substitution, it was discovered that the team members did not stand beside him as required, so they had to change to timeout.
When falling behind 5 to 9, Yamada Shigeo didn't play the cards according to the routine, and sent the main attacker Kayoko Sugisugi to play the setter to intercept Lang Ping. However, Japan's secret weapon did not work. Lang Ping scored 11 points in the game. The Chinese women's volleyball team eliminated the Japanese team in three straight games in just one hour and 20 minutes.
On the other hand, the host United States defeated Peru and advanced to the final. China and the United States joined forces. 12,000 final tickets sold out quickly. Tickets ranged from $100 to two or three hundred. It is still hard to find one ticket.
This is a game that Lang Ping will never forget in his life. The Olympic Village is blocked by barbed wire and there is a helicopter escort on the way to the final. When the Chinese team enters the field, the soundtrack is "Three Discipline and Eight Points for Attention".
There was an episode when the two sides chose the color of the jersey. The US team strongly requested to wear the blue jersey. In the 1981 World Cup, the US team wore a white jersey and lost to the Chinese team. They believed that white was unlucky. In the 1982 World Championships, the US team wore a blue uniform to defeat the Chinese women's volleyball team. Together with the victory in the Olympic group stage, blue became their superstitious lucky color.
According to common sense, the host should take the initiative and give priority to the Chinese team to choose. However, Yuan Weimin feels that it does not matter, because red is the color of the national flag and it is more attractive to wear. Before the game, little tricks of psychological warfare were everywhere. When Lang Ping warmed up, he saw an American on the sidelines shaking a sign in English that read: "The United States scares you." The TV screen above the player channel showed Salinger and the American players hanging gold medals. Picture. Lang Ping turned around and said to his teammates: "We are going to take off the gold medal hanging around other people's necks."
In the first game, the Chinese women's volleyball team took the lead in getting the game points, leading by 14 to 9. The US team stubbornly tied the score to 14. At this time, the Chinese team got the right to serve and Yuan Weimin replaced Hou Yuzhu to serve. "In fact, there was no other way, I wanted to change Hou Yuzhu to try." Yuan Weimin said.
In the first game against Brazil, Hou Yuzhu made a small attempt, but at that time she made a mistake in serving. This time, the game is even more critical. There is no room for loss. Hou Yuzhu frankly said that when serving, he was so nervous that he could not even see the net. It was a completely subconscious action.
Hou Yuzhu retreated to the front of the baffle and sent a floating ball. It seemed that the ball was high. The American team drew away and prepared to wait for the ball to go out of bounds. However, the ball suddenly fell and landed in bounds and scored directly.
On the second serve, the US team was prepared, but the quality of a pass was bad and directly padd the ball to the net. Lang Ping seized the opportunity and scored a probe ball to win the crucial first game.
Hou Yuzhu served to establish the victory.
In the second game, the U.S. team lost its standard and the Chinese team led by 13 to 3. At this time, Hou Yuzhu made another appearance. The first serve, the opponent was sentenced to hitting the ball when the opponent received the ball; the second ball, directly into the net socket, the secret weapon once again scored two points. When Hou Yuzhu left the court, Yuan Weimin moved to shake hands with her. According to the team doctor, this is the first time Yuan Weimin has shook hands with players on the sidelines since he coached the Chinese women's volleyball team.
The last two points of the second game
In the third game, the start went smoothly. The Chinese women's volleyball team quickly led by 14 to 5. After that, the US women's volleyball team scored 4 points in a row and Yuan Weimin called a timeout. After the timeout, the Chinese team first regained the right to serve, and then successfully fought a defensive counterattack, with veteran Zhang Rongfang completing the final blow.
Zhang Rongfang's final blow.
Zhang Ron国防生final blow.
Warm applause broke out at the Long Beach Arena in Los Angeles, and the Chinese fans at the scene excitedly raised the red flag. At this time, the women's volleyball girls hugged each other, just wanting to cry happily. A reporter placed a tape recorder in the dressing room, hoping to record the true voices of the girls, but the tape recorded crying except for crying.
After the game, Lang Ping wrote a letter to his friend Wang Hui: "This historic Olympic event is over. And we finally achieved the grand goal of "three consecutive championships". This is my ten-year volleyball game. I dream of it in my career, so much so that when the referee's last whistle blew, I thought I was dreaming, and I couldn't believe it had become a reality."
In 1984, China needed to prove itself with an Olympic gold medal. 35 years later, sports has largely returned to its own meaning. But what remains unchanged is the spirit of the women's volleyball team, passed down like a torch. As Lang Ping said, the goal of the Chinese women's volleyball team is only one: raising the national flag and playing the national anthem.