Zhu Ting is currently women’s volleyball biggest star. The current World Cup, Olympic, World Club, and Grand Champions Cup gold medalist took the sport by storm and is showing no signs of letting go. Now, despite being only 23 years of age, she will captain China’s national team in its future endeavors. A star in her home-country she recently talked to FIVB about her uprising as a player, her relationship with coach Lang Ping, her future in volleyball, and China’s biggest rivals in the international scene. Below, we’ll highlight the best parts of the interview. For the full text, click here to redirected to FIVB’s website.
What are your goals and your team’s goals for the Volleyball Nations League? Which teams will be your toughest opponents?
I cannot overstate how important the Nations League is as a preparation for the World Championship. As always, we will try to improve our technique in our team. Among our main opponents will be Brazil and the United States, to name but a few.
Do you like being a star?
I’m very lucky in volleyball, because so many people helped me on my way. I wouldn’t be here without them. Talent and hard work are equally important. If I were really a star, I would wish to be a person and player like Lang Pin. It’s very important that Lang Ping taught me a lot of techniques. I’m as good as I am and have today’s technology thanks to Lang Ping.
What is the most important development in volleyball?
I think there are a lot of children involved in volleyball now. That’s very good for the future of our sport!
Do you like your life in Istanbul, and how important is it to play abroad?
Yes, l like Istanbul! There are a lot of good players in my team and the Turkish league, and they have a lot of good qualities that I can learn from.
What do all these MVP trophies from different tournaments mean to you?
They mean that the Chinese team and I have made progress. It also means that the FIVB likes me.