Even the team sports they succeed at (Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Fencing, Swimming Relay) are generally individual oriented sports that just happen to award a medal based on team results.
The one team based even that they do well in is syncronized swimming.
The big difference is the way athletes are handled. Here in North America, you often put your child in team sports or group events. In China, gifted youngsters are often segregated from other youths and given a significant amount of one on one coaching as individuals. Team sports are often ignored or not developed until an athlete from a different sport “washes out” and picks up something else.
You’ll see an excellent Chinese soccer team well before a good Chinese lacrosse team.]]>