When I first glanced at this photo, from a few weeks ago, I thought Yao was standing to make a speech while the rest of the room sat. But then I realized they were ALL standing -- Yao is that much taller. I wonder what it's like to always be several heads taller than the crowd?
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, China's basketball player Yao Ming, wearing red jacket at right, clenches his fist as he recites a pledge to "play with honor" together with other members of the Chinese Olympic delegation in Beijing Friday, July 25, 2008. China unveiled its largest team of 639 athletes Friday for the Beijing Olympics, a squad many expect will dislodge the United States from the top of the medal table.