Taiwanese taekwondo star Chen Shih-hsin (
Chen, who triumphed in the women's taekwondo 49kg category in Athens, signed on as executive general coach for the Qingpu Martial Arts Institute in Shanghai, said a vice president of the school, who only gave his surname, Chen.
"Her schedule is flexible, she can come to teach when she has time," the school official said.
Since her Olympic win, Chen, 26, has been working toward a masters degree in sports psychology and taking on a light training schedule.
She was visiting Shanghai this week at the invitation of the Chinese Taekwondo Association, along with fellow Taiwanese men's Olympic gold medal taekwondo winner Chu Mu-yen (
Both China and Taiwan have encouraged such exchanges as a way of bridging the more than five-decade political split between them.
Chen was on her way back to Taiwan yesterday and could not be reached by telephone. She was quoted in media reports as saying she was thrilled by the coaching opportunity.
"I was really surprised because I consider it a really heavy burden," Chen was quoted as saying.
"I will definitely treasure it," she said.
Chen said she wanted to study marketing or management in the US, but also hoped to compete at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
"It's hard to say [what I will do] right now," Chen said.