郎平 (Láng Píng) is the head coach of the Chinese female volleyball team and former hitter. She has been instrumental in pulling home the gold in several Olympic games, both as a player and as coach.
Láng Píng is known as “The Hammer”, both for her powerful smashes, and because her family name sounds like the “láng” in 榔头 (lángtou), sledge hammer.
For a while, Láng Píng coached the American women’s volleyball team, which led to some grumpiness in Chinese homes when they won silver in the Beijing Olympics.
The success of the Chinese women’s volleyball team has inspired the phrase 女排精神 (nǚpái jīngshén), “female volleyball spirit”, which is used to describe an attitude emphasizing hard work and team spirit, and President Xí Jīnpíng has pointed out that the whole country should learn from the mentality of the team in order to achieve national rejuvenation.