Michelle Li (badminton)
November 3, 1991 |
|Education||University of Toronto|
|Height||1.70 metres (5 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||64 kilograms (141 lb)|
Michelle Li (born November 3, 1991) is a Hong Kong-born Canadian female badminton player from Markham, Ontario. Li is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion and the first Canadian to win an individual gold medal in women's singles badminton at the Commonwealth Games. She is also the reigning singles and doubles champion from the Pan American Games. As a competitor for Ontario, Li also won singles, doubles, and mixed titles at the 2011 Canada Games.
Li first gained recognition for her performance at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There she won gold in the women's single events and followed that performance with a gold in the doubles event with Alexandra Bruce. Due to this success she was then named the flag bearer for Team Ontario at the closing ceremonies for the games.
Later that year Li was the gold medal winner in the women's doubles event alongside Bruce at the 2011 Pan American Games. Li would then go on the next day to win the women's singles competition, completing a second games double gold appearance that year, this time in Guadalajara.
At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Bruce and Li finished last in the round-robin portion of the women's doubles tournament, losing all three of their matches. However, the top two teams in the group were disqualified for attempting to intentionally lose matches so they would have an easier match-up in the quarterfinals. The duo was advanced to their quarterfinals, where they defeated Australia's Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran. Bruce and Li finished in fourth place, the best Canadian finish in badminton at the Olympic Games. 
Li won the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games defeating Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland in the final. She thus became the first Canadian athlete to win a singles gold in Commonwealth badminton.
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