Liu Yin (curler)
August 19, 1981 |
|Curling club||Harbin CC,
|8 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)|
|9 (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012)|
|Grand Slam victories||1 (Autumn Gold: 2010)|
Liu Yin (simplified Chinese: 柳荫; traditional Chinese: 柳蔭; pinyin: Liǔ Yìn; born August 19, 1981 in Harbin, Heilongjiang; usually referred to in the media as Yin Liu) is a Chinese curler from Harbin. She plays third on the Chinese national team, skipped by Wang Bingyu.
Liu has played internationally for China since 2002, when she was an alternate on the team at the Pacific Curling Championships when she had only been curling for two years.
In 2004, she was a full member of the team. She played third for the team at the 2004 Pacific Championships, and then second at the 2005 World Women's Curling Championship- her first. The team finished 7th. The following season, Liu was playing lead for the team for the Pacific Championships, and then she played third once again at the 2006 Ford World Women's Curling Championship, where the team finished 5th.
For the 2006–07 season, Liu threw last rocks for the team while Wang held the broom as skip. The season included their first Pacific Championship, an Asian Winter Games bronze medal and a disappointing 7th place finish at the 2007 World Women's Curling Championship.
At the 2007 Pacific Championships, Liu was back throwing second stones when the team won their second Pacific Championship. She was promoted to the third position for the 2008 Ford World Women's Curling Championship in which she earned a silver medal- China's first medal at a World Championship. Since then, Liu has played third for the team. She won her third Pacific Championship in 2008, which was followed by a gold medal at the 2009 Winter Universiade and, most importantly, by a World Championship gold medal at the 2009 Mount Titlis World Women's Curling Championship.
Liu Yin competed for Team China at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her team qualified for the playoffs. In the Semifinal match they lost to eventual Gold medalists Team Sweden. In the Bronze medal match they faced Team Switzerland skipped by Torino Silver medalist Mirjam Ott. They Chinese pulled off a 12 -6 victory and became the first curling team from an Asian nation to win an Olympic medal.