With the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on the horizon, people around the world are heavy with anticipation to cheer the athletes of their nation onto victory. But examples of the power of sports as avenues of cultural understanding do not only come during Olympic season. One such role model is Lang Ping and her story showcases how an individual’s decision to engage with another culture benefited her life and the lives of others. Lang’s spectacular life and talent is displayed in a recently announced documentary entitled “The Iron Hammer” which not only tells her story but showcases her internal fortitude and commitment to greatness in her sport. Further, her ability to break barriers of gender inspired women of both nations to achieve new heights in the sport. Lang Ping’s choices show us all that certain loves surpass borders and how devotion to success, mentorship, and an ever-present desire to work hard are commonalities of Americans and the Chinese alike.