The growing reputation of Ding Junhui in snooker has provided another boost for sport in China.
The teenager's path to stardom was achieved thanks to support from his family, but in other sports, especially Olympic-related, the Chinese government are providing facilities and training for athletes who they not only expect to compete with the best, but to be the best.
At the last Olympics, China picked up 32 gold medals, coming second only to the United States.
The country is producing athletes who are also among the elite in the world's most popular sports - Yao Ming in the NBA, Li Na and Zie Zheng in women's tennis and Liu Xiang in athletics.
While golf, its popularity fast-growing in China, has a 16-year-old by the name of Hu Mu, ready to dominate the sport just like... well, you know who.
So is China ready to brush the United States to one side and become the next sporting superpower?