Li Ning

Li Ning

Infobox Gymnast
gymnastname= Li Ning

fullname= Li Ning
country= CHN
birthdate= birth date and age|1963|9|8
birthplace= Liuzhou, Guangxi
discipline= MAG
retired= 1988

Li Ning (Simplified Chinese: 李宁; Traditional Chinese: 李寧; Pinyin: Lǐ Níng) is a well-known and well-respected Chinese gymnast and entrepreneur. He was born in a Zhuang family on September 8 1963 in Liuzhou, Guangxi, China.


Li gained his Bachelor of Laws and EMBA degrees from Peking University. He lives in Hong Kong under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme. [HKStandard. " [ The] ." "Li Ning tops up tally for SAR." Retrieved on 2008-08-01.]


Li is most famous for winning 6 medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics, including 3 gold medals (in floor exercise, pommel horse, and rings), 2 silver medals, and a bronze medal. In 1982, he won six of the seven medals awarded at the Sixth World Cup Gymnastic Competition, earning him the title "Prince of gymnastics".

Li retired from sporting competition in 1988, and in 1990 he founded the Li-Ning Company Limited, which sells footwear and sporting apparel in China. Li remains chairman of the company's board of directors.

Li was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2000, becoming the first Chinese inductee. [cite web
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accessmonthday = May 12
accessyear = 2007

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 high portion of the stadium. [cite news|url=|title= Games begin with spectacular show|accessdate2008-08-08|date=2008-08-08|] [cite news|url=|title= Li Flies High at Opening Ceremonies|accessdate2008-08-08|date=2008-08-08|publisher=International Gymnast] []


External links

* [ Biography] - Li-Ning Company Limited
* [ List of competitive results at Gymn Forum]
* [ Li Ning: China's legendary gymnast has combined sporting agility with commercial muscle] , 60 Years of Asian Heroes, By Hannah Beech, "Time", 2006

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