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Chinese women hobbled but confident
For the Chinese women's soccer team, the pain of their final loss last year to the United States is still a fresh memory. In Sydney, they will get their chance to erase those bad memories by taking Olympic gold. But it won't be easy. China has played badly in their warm-up games for the Olympics and is headed for Australia with worrying injuries to key players. But they are still confident they can revive the type of play that saw them march all the way to last year's World Cup final.
"During the Olympics, every game is essential," says team captain Sun Wen. "Recently, we have been undergoing strict training because we were not in our best condition. Things will get better."
Sun Wen, who recently became the first woman ever to be nominated for the Asian player of the year award, has been nursing a troublesome leg injury. She's been playing cautiously and admits she may be going to the Olympics at less than 100 percent. Add to that an injury to fellow star Liu Ying, and it could be an even more painful Olympic Games for China who must worry now, just to get through the preliminary round of the competition.