Li lighting the torch at the 2008 Summer Olympics
|Full name||Li Ning|
|Nickname(s)||The little prince of gymnastics|
March 10, 1963 |
|Discipline||Men's artistic gymnastics|
|Head coach(es)||Zhang Jian|
Li Ning (Simplified Chinese: 李宁; Traditional Chinese: 李寧; Pinyin: Lǐ Níng; born March 10, 1963 in Laibin, Guangxi) is a well-known Chinese gymnast and entrepreneur. He was born in an ethnic Zhuang family.
Gymnastics career 
Li started training at the age of eight and he 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" (体操王子/體操王子).
Li is most famous for winning 6 medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics, which was the first Olympics in which the People's Republic of China participated. He won 3 gold medals (in floor exercise, pommel horse, and rings), 2 silver medals, and a bronze medal. Li became the most decorated Chinese athlete at their first Olympics.
All in all Li won 14 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships titles.
Li took part in his second 1988 Olympics despite carrying injuries. It was an end to an illustrious career, as he was off-form and made crucial mistakes which robbed him of the chance of a medal.
Post-gymnastics life 
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.
See also 
- "LI NING". International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. Retrieved May 12, 2007.
- "Games begin with spectacular show". BBC.co.uk. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
- "Li Flies High at Opening Ceremonies". International Gymnast. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08.
- Fong, Mei (2008-08-25). "Li Ning on the Beijing Olympics". The Wall Street Journal.
- 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
- Li Ning Malaysia (English)
- Li Ning(Pommeled Horse)(English)
- Li Ning(Still Rings)(English)
|Final Summer Olympic Torchbearer
Callum Airlie, Jordan Duckitt, Desiree Henry, Katie Kirk, Cameron MacRitchie, Aidan Reynolds, and Adelle Tracey