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London 2012 Games: China's Gymnastics Team 2012

Meet China's Gymnasts

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Yao Jinnan

Yao Jinnan of China in action on the balance beam during the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Olympic Qualification round at North Greenwich Arena on January 11, 2012 in London, England.

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Along with the U.S. and Russia, China has one of the top artistic gymnastics programs in the world. Learn about the Chinese women’s gymnastics team and the Chinese men’s gymnastics team which are competing at the London 2012 Games.

Who Is on the Women’s Gymnastics Team?

Name: Deng Linlin (邓琳琳)
Height: 4’6”
Hometown: Fuyang, Anhui
Date of Birth: April 21, 1992
Specialty: Balance Beam
Career Highlights: Helped China win the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and she has won gold at the world championships three times. Deng was the 2009 World Champion and in 2012 she was the world champion on balance beam.

Name: He Kexin (何可欣)
Height: 4’11”
Hometown: Beijing, China
Date of Birth: January 1, 1992
Specialty: Uneven Bars
Career Highlights: Helped China win the gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and she has won a gold medal on the uneven bars. She also won two world cup gold medals in uneven bars in 2008. He’s performance in Beijing was overshadowed by controversy over her true age. Some media reports by Xinhua stated her birthdate as January 1, 1994, which would have made her too young to compete at the Olympic Games at 14-years and 220 days old.

Name: Huang Qiushuang (黄秋爽)
Height: 5’1”
Hometown: Guangdong
Date of Birth: May 28, 1992
Specialty: Individual All-Around
Career Highlights: Huang won a gold medal in individual all-around and with her team at the Japan Cup in 2009, won gold on uneven bars and silver on the floor at the 2010 Doha World Cup, a bronze team and fourth all-around at the 2010 World Championships, and a gold medal with her team and on vault and silver medals on the all-around and uneven bars at the 2010 Asian Games. At the 2011 World Championships, she won a bronze medal with her team, came in fifth all-around, and won a bronze for uneven bars.

Name: Sui Lu (眭禄)
Date of Birth: April 1, 1992
Specialty: Balance Beam and Floor
Career Highlights: Lu did not make the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games team due to inconsistent performances in her debut year as a senior gymnast. In 2009, she won a bronze for floor exercise, and in 2010, she helped China win a bronze medal at the World Championships. At the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, Sui won four gold medals in team, all-around, beam, and floor.

Name: Yao Jinnan (姚金男)
Hometown: Fuzhou, Fujian
Date of Birth: February 8, 1995
Career Highlights: The youngest member of the Chinese team, Yao joined the Chinese national team in 2010 and won gold on the floor and bronze on the uneven bars at the 2010 Doha World Cup. Yao helped the Chinese team win a bronze at the 2011 World Championships. Yao Jinnan’s Life: Yao has a twin sister who also did gymnastics but did not make it to the elite level.

Who Is on the Men’s Gymnastics Team?

Name: Chen Yibing (陈一冰)
Height: 5’3”
Hometown: Tianjin, China
Date of Birth: December 19, 1984

Name: Feng Zhe (冯喆)
Hometown: Sichuan, China
Date of Birth: November 19, 1987
Specialty: Parallel Bars
Career Highlights: Feng won a gold medal on the parallel bars at the 2010 World Championships.

Name: Teng Haibin (滕海滨)
Hometown: Beijing
Date of Birth: January 2, 1985
Specialty: Pommel Horse
Career Highlights: After a devastating showing at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens on which he fell on every apparatus, Teng did win a gold medal on the pommel horse. Teng has also won three team gold medals at the World Championships in 2003, 2010, and 2011 along with a gold medal on pommel horse at the world championships in 2003.

Name: Zou Kai (邹凯)
Height: 5’2”
Hometown: Luzhou, Sichuan
Date of Birth: February 28, 1988
Specialty: Floor Exercise and High Bar
Career Highlights: Zou won three gold medals at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in team, floor, and high bar.

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