Oh how I wish there were photos accompanying this article.
So why would a top-level athlete look to a craft requiring so much patience and concentration to pass the time?
"Satisfaction," said weightlifter Liu Chunhong, who won the women's -62kg gold medal on Wednesday. "It provides great satisfaction and excitement when you finish an embroidery. I cannot tell you how much it satisfies me; you will understand when you do it yourself.
There you go. Do it yourself!