Li Ya

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Li Ya
— Gymnast —
Full name Li Ya
Country represented  China
Born (1988-06-13) June 13, 1988 (age 26)
Bengbu, Anhui
Height 138 centimetres (4 ft 6 in)
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics
Head coach(es) Liu Guicheng, He Hua
Choreographer Ou Yangqin
Music Duez-Bond
Eponymous skills "Li Ya salto" and "Li Ya dismount"(uneven bars)
Retired 2008
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Li.

Li Ya (simplified Chinese: 李娅; traditional Chinese: 李婭; pinyin: Lǐ Yà; born June 13, 1988 in Bengbu, Anhui) is a former Chinese gymnast. She was a member of the Chinese team that won the team competition at the 2006 World Championships and was a member of the 2004 Olympic Team. During her career, she was an uneven bars and balance beam specialist.

Li Ya has two moves named after her in the Code of Points: the "Li Ya salto", which is a straddled Jaeger ½ release (which she usually connected to a sraddled Jaeger), and the "Li Ya dismount", which is an Arabian double-front in a piked position. Li retired from the national team in 2008.[1]

Biography[edit]

Li Ya is the 2004 National Champion on the uneven bars as well as the 2004 National All Around Silver Medalist. She had a great deal of success in the 2004 World Cup Circuit despite a bad showing at the 2004 Olympics. In the team final in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens she fell twice on beam scoring an 8.300 (once on her front flip and then underrotated on her double back dismount and put her hands down). Then in the event finals, she fell again on her front flip and scored a 9.050 (ranking 7th). She won the uneven bars title at the Glasgow and Ghent World Cup Qualifiers. She also won a bronze medal at the 2004 Glasgow World Cup Qualifier. In December 2004 Li Ya qualified to the World Cup Final in Birmingham. She was the most successful Chinese female gymnast at the World Cup Final. She won a bronze medal on the uneven bars and a silver medal on the balance beam.

Li was briefly injured in 2005, but recovered in time to win silver medals at the 2005 Chinese National Championships and the 2005 Britain vs China Dual Meet on the uneven bars. In October, she competed at the National Games but did not win any medals. A few weeks later, she was part of China's winning team at the East Asia Games in Macau, where she also won a gold medal on the uneven bars. She was not selected for the 2005 World Championships in Melbourne.

She competed in the 2006 Tournament of Masters in Cottbus, a world cup event, and won the gold medal on the uneven bars. In this event, she pioneered a difficult release-release combination, a Jaeger with a half turn directly into a Jaeger. The Jaegar with 1/2 turn release was later named for her. Li also qualified for the beam final and finished in fourth place, due to a mistake on her first skill.

She competed at the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark where she was a member of the Chinese team that won the gold medal in the women's team event. She did not compete in the team final, having withdrawn from the uneven bars due to nerves[citation needed] sustained from a performance marred by a fall in the preliminary competition.

After this competition, Li Ya did not receive positive coverage from the press in China[citation needed] and was not named to the team for the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. However, she had one more chance, having qualified for bars and beam in the World Cup Finals in Brazil, held in December. She hit her routines at this competition, winning silver on bars behind world champion Beth Tweddle, and winning gold on the balance beam.

In 2007, Li Ya competed in the Maribor World Cup where she placed 2nd on balance beam and 1st on the uneven bars.

She announced her retirement in 2008.

Eponymous Skills[edit]

Apparatus Code Name Description Difficulty
Uneven bars 3.508 Li Ya salto Jaeger Salto straddled with ½ turn (180°) to hang on high bar.[2] E
Uneven bars 6.507 Li Ya dismount Swing forward with ½ twist (180°) to double salto forward piked.[3] E

Competitive history[edit]

2007 season[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2007 World Cup/Series Maribor Balance Beam 2 14.350 8 14.000
Uneven Bar 1 16.025 1 15.500

2006 season[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2006 World Championships Aarhus All Around 188 28.425
Balance Beam 65 13.975
Team 1 182.200 2 239.525
Uneven Bars 32 14.450
World Cup/Series Cottbus Balance Beam 4 14.800
Uneven Bars 1 15.800
World Cup/Series Ghent Uneven Bar 1 15.725
World Cup/Series Shanghai Balance Beam 2 15.450
World Cup/Series São Paulo Balance Beam 1 15.625
Uneven Bar 2 16.225

2004 season[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2004 Olympic Games Athens All Around 65 28.412
Balance Beam 7 9.050 6 9.600
Team 7 110.008 3 151.085
Uneven Bars 5 9.562 3 9.675
World Cup/Series Final Birmingham Balance Beam 2 9.612
Uneven Bar 3 9.600
World Cup/Series Glasgow Balance Beam 3 9.325
Uneven Bar 1 9.500
World Cup/Series Ghent Balance Beam 4 9.375
Uneven Bar 1 9.712

2003 season[edit]

Year Competition Description Location Apparatus Rank-Final Score-Final Rank-Qualifying Score-Qualifying
2003 World Championships Anaheim Balance Beam 4 9.450
Team 4 110.259 1 148.671

Floor Music[edit]

  • 2004-2006 "Duel" by Bond

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Li Ya Blogs from Beijing!". International Gymnast Magazine. 2008-08-12. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  2. ^ FIG Code of Points 2009-2012, page 77.
  3. ^ FIG Code of Points 2009-2012, page 93.

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