The Other Side of the Athlete: Pang Panpan, Deng Linlin, and Yang Yilin

2006 World Champion, Pang Panpan, sat on the sidelines helping her athletes prepare for the competition. As the coach for team Hebei her responsibilities include doing athlete makeup, gelling hair, and shouting encouragements from the sidelines.  Pang loved the sport so much that she wanted to contribute in other meaningful ways upon her retirement asContinue reading “The Other Side of the Athlete: Pang Panpan, Deng Linlin, and Yang Yilin”

3 Things to Look Out for at 2022 Winter Cup

Winter Cup, the kickstart to the elite gymnastics season presents the opportunity for gymnasts to get back into the swing of competition. The meet is generally a safe space to try out new skills and routines. Not only is this one of the first elite meets of the year, but it’s also one of theContinue reading “3 Things to Look Out for at 2022 Winter Cup”

Chinese National Games Women’s Team Final Recap

A dramatic finish ensued in Xi’an with the reigning National team Champions, Guangdong, reclaiming the title. The team of Bi Qingqing, Liu Tingting, Luo Rui, Ou Yushan, Sun Xinyi, and Wu Ran finished comfortably ahead of the second place team, Anhui. In third, Beijing made a last minute comeback in the final rotation to edgeContinue reading “Chinese National Games Women’s Team Final Recap”

Li Shijia Makes Comeback at National Games

Chinese National Games, a quadrennial meet that is considered the most important domestic competition in China, is winding up this week with gymnasts all over China representing their respective provinces. Among the most anticipated comebacks we’ll see at National Games this year is Li Shijia, who is coming back from a knee injury that tookContinue reading “Li Shijia Makes Comeback at National Games”

Chinese Women Confident After Podium Training

After the first day of podium training at the Olympic Games, Team China had the opportunity to talk to the press for quick thoughts following training: Tang Xijing: I basically the same feeling as training at home, here [the vault] is just a little firmer. At home no matter how many times I did thisContinue reading “Chinese Women Confident After Podium Training”

Li Shijia Early July Knee Injury Update

After suffering a knee injury on vault at the first Olympic Trials selection camp, Li Shijia returned to Sichuan, her home province, for recovery. Upon arrival she was diagnosed with an acute bone injury. Although not too serious, it has caused her to withdraw from Olympic contention. According to the video, Li Shijia was addedContinue reading “Li Shijia Early July Knee Injury Update”