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Ping's emotional return to China ends with surprising medal run

Updated: August 23, 2008, 7:59 PM ET
By Elizabeth Merrill | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- They hung from the railing, 20 feet above, swatting and clicking at something they couldn't reach. One fan held a sign in Chinese that said, "Welcome Home, Lang Ping." It was the final night of the Jenny Lang Ping circus in China, and Ping was about to let out a giant sigh.

She smiled and waved and headed up the tunnel until the giant icon turned to a tiny speck.

Inside a special old haunt where Ping once played, it could be said she had the best of ...

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