Win Olympic Gold in the 200 and 400 IM at the age of 16 and in the process break the Olympic record in the 200, the world record in the 400 and become the first woman to ever swim a faster last 50 than there male counterpart in the same event and you will catch the attention of just a few.
Whether the notoriety comes after these phenomenal accomplishments because of their face value or because of the suspicion of the use of performance enhancing drugs, it will make many people’s top 10 news in sports in 2012.
Yi Shiwen did just that. After her accomplishments in London this summer Ye made many top 10 sporting lists for both positive and negative reasons, but in China she made it onto a list that was comprised of more than just athletes.
News China Magazine compiled a list of the top news makers in China in 2012. Ye Shiwen joined public figures on this list that included some the countries most influential and highly regarded citizens such as; Xi Jinping (General Secretary of the Communist Party of China), Mo Yan (Nobel Prize laureate), Liang Wengen (billionaire) and Liu Yang (astronaut).