Lin Hao & Yao Ming led the Chinese team on 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening CeremonyIf you managed to catch the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony today, you would probably agree that it was probably one of the best, if not the best, opening ceremony of an Olympic the world has ever witnessed. The 4 hours festivity featured jam-packed entertainment, classic performance of opera and musical instruments, fireworks display like none others, and the lit-up of the Olympic cauldron.

If you saw the Chinese team led out by Yao Ming walking through the stadium, you would notice a small little boy walking next to him. Now with all the spectacular display, the story about that young boy is the one that touched me the most. The boy, Lin Hao, is a 9-year-old survivor of the earthquake devastated the Sichuan province back in May 2008 that killed more than 60,000 people.

What you probably don’t read about him was during the earthquake, he was in a school with 30 other students in his class. When the earthquake struck, he didn’t just run to safety. He ran back to the school and saved two of his fellow students by carrying them out of the rubbles when the school collapsed. Only 10 students in his class survived and two of them were saved by him. His act of heroism made him a national hero. He has earned the right to stand alongside his country’s best in this year Olympic. An amazing young boy.

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