Wu Jiani

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Wu Jiani
— Gymnast —
Country represented  China
Born 1966
Shanghai
Discipline Women's artistic gymnastics

Wu Jiani (Chinese: 吴佳妮; 1966 - ) is a former female Chinese gymnast.[1]

Wu was born in Shanghai. She started gymnastic training in 1973, and was admitted into Shanghai gymnastic team in 1976, and Chinese national team in 1977.

Wu competed at 1984 Olympic Games, and won a bronze medal in Women's Team competition. She was a five-time Chinese National Champion and a World Championship bronze medalist on beam in 1981.

Her husband is Li Yuejiu, also a famed gymnast and an Olympic medalist. One of their daughters is Anna Li, who competed for the UCLA Bruins gymnastics team during the 2007 through 2010 seasons and at the same Pauley Pavilion where her parents won the 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 gold medal winning U.S. 2011 World Championship Team. An injury kept her from competing. In 2012 she was named an alternate to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Along with their daughter, Wu and Li have been the coaches for several elite athletes, including the Caquatto sisters: World Silver Medalist Mackenzie Caquatto and Pan American Games triple Gold Medalist Bridgette Caquatto.

In April 2009, they opened Legacy Gymnastics in Aurora, Illinois together to train local gymnasts.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chinese Athletes Database: Wu Jiani, 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