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Li Ning
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Li lighting the torch at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Nickname(s) Prince of gymnastics
Country represented  China
Born (1963-03-10) March 10, 1963 (age 60) race Zhuang
Liuzhou, Guangxi, People’s Republic of China
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Discipline Men's artistic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Zhang Jian
Retired 1988
Medal record
Representing  China
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Floor
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Pommel Horse
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Rings
Silver 1984 Los Angeles Team
Silver 1984 Los Angeles Vault
Bronze 1984 Los Angeles All-Around
World Championships
Gold 1983 Budapest Team all-around
Gold 1985 Montreal Rings
Silver 1983 Budapest Vault
Silver 1985 Montreal Team all-around
Silver 1985 Montreal Pommel horse
Silver 1987 Rotterdam Rings
Silver 1987 Rotterdam Team all-around
Bronze 1981 Moscow Team all-around
Bronze 1983 Budapest Rings
Bronze 1983 Budapest Floor
Bronze 1985 Montreal Floor
World Cup
Gold 1982 Zagreb All-Around
Gold 1982 Zagreb Floor
Gold 1982 Zagreb Pommel Horse
Gold 1982 Zagreb Rings
Gold 1982 Zagreb Vault
Gold 1982 Zagreb Horizontal Bar
Bronze 1982 Zagreb Parallel Bars
Gold 1986 Beijing All-Around
Gold 1986 Beijing Floor Exercise
Gold 1986 Beijing Pommel Horse
Bronze 1986 Beijing Rings
Li Ning
Li Ning
Simplified Chinese 李宁
Traditional Chinese 李寧

Li Ning (born March 10, 1963 in Liuzhou, Guangxi) is a Chinese retired gymnast, billionaire entrepreneur, and the founder of the eponymous sportswear company Li-Ning.

Gymnastics career

Li started training at the age of eight and was selected into the national team in 1980. In 1982, he won six of the seven medals awarded at the Sixth World Cup Gymnastic Competition, earning him the title "Prince of Gymnastics" (simplified Chinese: 体操王子; traditional Chinese: 體操王子).

Li is most famous for winning six medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics, which was the first Olympics in which the People's Republic of China participated. He won three gold medals (in floor exercise, pommel horse, and rings), two silver medals, and one bronze medal. Li became the most decorated Chinese athlete at the first Olympics that China participated in after the founding of the People's Republic in October 1949.

Li won 11 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships medals, including gold medals in the rings (1985) and team all-around (1983).

Li took part in his second 1988 Olympics in Seoul despite carrying injuries. It was an end to an illustrious gymnastic career, as he was off-form. He did not win any medals year.


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Li Ning on a 1996 Azerbaijani stamp

Li retired from sporting competition in 1988, and in 1990 he founded Li-Ning Company Limited, which sells footwear and sporting apparel in China. Li remains chairman of the company's board of directors. According to Hurun Report's China Rich List 2014, he has an estimated fortune of RMB 5 billion, making him the 407th wealthiest person in China.

Li was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2000, becoming the first Chinese inductee.

In 2017, a statue was erected in his honor on the shores of Lake Geneva in Montreux.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Li Ning ignited the cauldron at the opening ceremony after being hoisted high into the air with cables and miming running around the rim of the stadium.

Personal life

Li is married to Chen Yongyan, a fellow gymnast who won an Olympic bronze in 1984.

See also

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