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In China, never too young to begin rigorous gymnastics training

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A young gymnastics student does a handstand during a training session at a gymnastics school in Shanghai March 23. More than 30 children, aged between 5 and 9, were chosen from local kindergartens or elementary schools to attend training courses five times a week.

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A coach scolds a young gymnastics student during a training session at a gymnastics school in Shanghai, on March 23.

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Young gymnastics students balance on the beam during a training session at a gymnastics school in Shanghai, on March 23.

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A coach holds the feet of a young gymnastics student during a training session at a gymnastics school in Shanghai, on March 23.