BEIJING --There is an international truism when it comes to bad boys: Girls love them -- even the ones who play badminton.
Around these parts,
The shuttlecock king of Asia has drawn international attention, with some even projecting that his pull could expand the sport in other countries. Earlier this month the
We'll bet those masses will never include America, but watching Dan in person, along with 7,500 others at Beijing University Institute of Technology Sunday night, it's easy to see why the man called "Super Dan" is the man in badminton. Lin is a one-man circus. He stalks across the court during matches, pumps his fist after points as if he were
Then there is this: Along with his talent and temper, Lin dates the world's No. 1 female badminton player,
After championship point, Lin fell to the ground, a la
Lin flamed out at the Athens Olympics, a No. 1 seed who fell in the first round of the tournament. In Beijing, he wore a small golden pin on his uniform bearing a likeness of Chairman
This year, he showed more reverence. "Zhang won gold and I lost in the first round so this year we went to Hunan again and I bought the alcohol and prayed in front of the tomb," Lin said. "I think Chairman Mao gave me the power."
Badminton is a huge deal in China. The Chinese won seven medals during these Games to increase its total to 29 since the sport was first introduced in the '92 Games. They have won 11 out of the 24 golds awarded. Watching the sport live