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Girl Swims With Bound Limbs: Motivating or Scary?

I like to share stories with you guys that will motivate you to get moving. Reading about the amazing feats of others can certainly do this, but sometimes I wonder if some people end up taking the whole fitness thing too far?

Remember the 8-year-old girl who ran a marathon while her father trailed behind on his bike? Well it seems another daddy-daughter team are trying to outdo them. It has been reported that a father tied his 10-year-old daughter's hands and feet and watched her swim in a chilly southern China river for three hours. Why, you ask? Well he felt it would help the girl achieve her own dream of swimming across the English Channel. The father claimed that his daughter's swimming skills are perfect and that she insisted on doing the bound swim.

In a way I am inspired that this little girl has such big dreams, but binding her feet and legs? Come on now. What do you think?


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munatones munatones 9 years
No legitimate organizing body or governing federation (e.g., English Channel Swimming Association) will authorize or support swims by such individuals. Aquatic federations condemn this action by this father, but until the local authorities and neighbors do something, this father will "enjoy" the publicity that comes with this child abuse.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
a 10-year-old child doesn't really have dreams apart from having parents and new toys. not swimming across english channel. and i still remember what it's like to be a 10 year-old. it's the sick dream of the parent, who makes and terrorizes the child to make it true.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
I ran track and cross-country starting at the age of 8. I was one of those kids that ran 10k's etc and did not have problems. My parents along with my coaches made sure that I was not over-training and did not put me at risk. Kids should never run a marathon until their bodies are done growing. I do think this father was wrong but it is not necessarily his fault entirely. As stated above this is one of the only ways to escape poverty and he more than likely thought he was doing the right thing for his child.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
Very scary, I wonder where are the mothers in all these stories? At the same time, I was about to post a comment like Lily's but she said it much better than I could :)
lily314 lily314 9 years
You guys are being overly harsh. I'm not going to put this guy up for father-of-the-year, but you are making absolute judgments without any understanding of their circumstances. In China, excelling at sports is one of the few ways that you can escape abject poverty. Training hard is a necessity in a nation where everyone pushes their kids to extremes. This situation is no different from parents who basically give their kids to the government to raise in gymnastics schools; these kids grow up with tough coaches that work them for twelve hours a day. It's not a great way to raise a child, but it sure beats having your kid working in a dangerous factory to make ends meet when they have an opportunity for something better. It's way too easy to judge parents in other countries when you can afford to send your kids to organized sports leagues with qualified coaches, or ship them off to daycare, or rest assured that you can save enough to provide for their college educations. Not everyone in the world has opportunities like that, and to reject this father's action without even considering the entire context is just another example of our ignorance of the rest of the world.
starkiss23 starkiss23 9 years
I think that it's beyond terrifying.. WHO in their right mind would do such a thing? And, I think it's ridiculous when these people say things like.. "Oh, they wanted to do it." Like their CHILD is capable of making those types of decisions...
Pinkgirl88 Pinkgirl88 9 years
this dumbdumb could have drowned his daughter... honestly that just made me soooo mad.
skinnyforme skinnyforme 9 years
That's kind of stupid.. Why would you put yourself in danger like that..
jiujiu jiujiu 9 years
hmmm, the ten year old ASKED for it... perhaps a parent shouldn't just rely on the whims of a CHILD. also, it'd be stupid to do this in a pool (although slightly safer), but the OCEAN, really???? come on.
ma9321 ma9321 9 years
Well, how about we tie his hands and feet and throw him in the ocean?
ma9321 ma9321 9 years
I think what he did was plain stupid.
lil-l lil-l 9 years
The dad should know better..Isn't HE the adult!
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
I'm sure there are better ways to motivate your daughter other than tying her hands and feet and throwing her in the ocean for three hours. Thanks dad!
Annabellrose Annabellrose 9 years
My track coach told me not to run a marathon till I was in my 20s because before that it can really damage your growing body. I've been in road races and gotten passed by 5 year old little kids but overall I think parents today either... a.) push their kids too far too fast or b.) push their kids in front of the tv to get rid of them Kids are either obese or scary skinny today...we need to find a happy medium so kids can be fit and healthy but still be kids...
graldi19 graldi19 9 years
thats absurd!! and def scary
georgie2 georgie2 9 years
unanimous so far...
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