Inside a special old haunt where Lang Ping once played, it could be said the U.S. women's volleyball coach had the best of almost everything. But by the end of it all, she seemed ready to escape the fanfare.
Nearly one year ago, Hope Solo was alone, shunned from her U.S. soccer teammates after venting about being benched in the World Cup. She has since rejoined her team, with a new coach and a new outlook as the women move forward in Beijing.
As athletes prepare to take the world stage at the Beijing Olympics, people protesting China's policies are stealing the show around the world. How do the athletes feel about that? ESPN.com senior writer Elizabeth Merrill finds out.