Li Yuejiu

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Li Yuejiu
Medal record
Men's Gymnastics
Competitor for  China
Olympic Games
Silver 1984 Los Angeles Team
World Championship
Gold 1981 Moscow Floor
Gold 1983 Budapest Team
Bronze 1981 Moscow Team

Li Yuejiu (Chinese: 李月久; born July 4, 1957 in Liaoning Province) is a former male Chinese gymnast.[1]

Li competed at the 1984 Olympic Games, and won a silver medal in the Men's Team competition. He was China's first World Champion in floor exercise in 1981. Li retired in October 1984. He went on to study in Canada, and became a coach for the Canadian national gymnastic team. He got married in 1986. Later, he and his wife coached in Las Vegas in the United States.

He was the coordinator of the 2008 Chinese men's and women's Olympic teams and led both teams to an Olympic gold medal, as well as the 2006 World Championship team title.

His straddled 3/2 salto sideway, 1/4 twist to roll forward was named the "Yuejiu Airspring" by the International Gymnastic Federation.

Li's wife is Wu Jiani, also a famed Chinese gymnast. One of their daughters is Anna Li, who competed for the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team during the 2007 – 2010 seasons at the same Pauley Pavilion where her parents won their Olympic medals.[2] Following the Visa Championships and two selection camps at the Karolyi Ranch in New Waverly, Texas, Anna Li was named to the U.S. 2011 World Championship Team.

Li and Wu have been the coaches for World Silver Medalist Mackenzie Caquatto since 2004. In April 2009, they opened Legacy Gymnastics in Aurora, Illinois together to train local gymnasts.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chinese Athletes Database: Li Yuejiu, Chinese Olympic Committee
  2. ^ Player Bio: Anna Li, UCLABruins.com, April 2010
  3. ^ Chicago Tribune: Families bend over backwards for gymnasts, Chicago Tribune, December 2010