Lisa Wang

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Lisa Wang
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Lisa Wang, Rhythmic Gymnast
Personal information
Full name Lisa Wang
Country represented  United States
Born (1988-09-24) September 24, 1988 (age 28)
Madison, WI
Hometown Buffalo Grove, IL
Residence Princeton, NJ
Discipline Rhythmic gymnastics
Years on national team 2000-2008
Club Northshore Rhythmics
Head coach(es) Natalia Klimouk
Assistant coach(es) Dani Takova
Former coach(es) Lana Lashoff

Lisa Wang (born September 24, 1988) is an American rhythmic gymnast of Chinese descent. She is former 4-time US National Champion, winning once as a junior and three times as a senior, and the 2007 Pan American Games Champion.[1] Wang was a key member of the U.S. senior national team, representing the United States at three World Championships.[1] Wang retired in 2008 after gaining admission to Yale University.

In 2014, Wang was recognized for her landmark contributions to the progress of gymnastics in America, and was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[2]

Gymnastics career[edit]

Junior career[edit]

Wang began rhythmic gymnastics training in 1998, when she was ten years old. In 2000, Wang became a part of the National Team. In 2001, She claimed her first Junior National Championship at the Visa National Championships. Soon after, she began taking on the international scene and went on to sweep all golds at the 2002 Pacific Alliance Championships in Vancouver, Canada as the 1st place All-Around Champion and leading the 1st place US team.[1]

Senior career[edit]

Wang reigned as three-time Senior US National Champion (2006, 2007, 2008) winning three straight US all-around titles and 11 individual event titles.[3] and 2008.[4] In 2007, she became the All-around Pan American Games Champion in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[5][6] marking her place as the top gymnast in North and South America. She is a five-time Pan American Games gold medalist, helped team USA win gold in 2003, and also competed in the 2005 Pan American Championships. She was a three-time World Championships team member (2003, 2005, 2007).[7]

During the 2007 World Championships (which serve as the 2008 Summer Olympics qualifier), Wang was the most heavily favored American Rhythmic Gymnast for the 2008 Olympics. But she placed 28th and thus missed Olympic qualification by three-tenths of a point. The United States Olympic Committee denied her application to apply for the Tripartite wild card spot, despite support from USA Gymnastics, thus removing her last chance to compete at the 2008 Olympics.[8]

Wang graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois in December 2006. After being accepted into Yale University Early Action, Wang decided to defer matriculation for a year in order to continue training.[9] Her life and gap year were documented by the national best-seller "Fat Envelope Frenzy".[10] In 2007, she shot an international commercial "Women in Control" in Brazil for a Netherland-based Water Company.[11]

In May 2008, Wang competed in her last National Championship in Houston, Texas. She swept all 5 Gold Medals in addition to winning the All-Around Title and Athlete of the Year.[12][13] Wang attended Yale University as the Class of 2012.[14]

In 2014, Wang was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Wang began her professional career as a hedge fund analyst on Wall Street.[15][16] She later transitioned into entrepreneurship, founding her first company, Fooze, in 2015 that was incubated in the second class of Food-X, the first international food business accelerator.[17] She is currently the Co-Founder of SheWorx, a collective of ambitious female entrepreneurs and changemakers redefining the next wave of leadership.[18]


  1. ^ a b c USA Gymnastics Biography
  2. ^ "USA Gymnastics announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class". USA Gymnastics. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Wang Wins Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior All Around at 2007 Visa Championships" August 18, 2007
  4. ^ "Medals Galore" NBC Olympics, July 15, 2008 Accessed August 2008.
  5. ^ US Presswire Photos The Premium Sports Newswire
  6. ^ "Wang wins All-Around Gold Medal at 2007 Pan American Games" July 27, 2007
  7. ^ a b USA Gymnastics Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Class
  8. ^ Torgovnick, Kate. "Top Rhythmic Gymnast Sees Dreams of Beijing Fade Away.", New York Times, November 13, 2007. Accessed November 13, 2007.
  9. ^ Daday, Eileen O. "On the road to the Olympics Local athlete sets her sights on the gold", Daily Herald (Arlington Heights), September 2, 2006. Accessed November 6, 2007. "A mini-class in rhythmic gymnastics enthralled Buffalo Grove native Lisa Wang as early as third-grade with its graceful routines filled with ribbons and balls. It still does, though now the Stevenson High School senior is competing in the sport at its highest level."
  10. ^ "Getting into the Ivy League" August 25, 2008
  11. ^ "TVC Crystal Clear Women in Control"
  12. ^ "Wang Wins all four individual event titles ", "USA Gymnastics"
  13. ^ "Wang Wins third straight all-around Visa title ", May 28, 2008
  14. ^ Torgovnick, Kate. "Top Rhythmic Gymnast Sees Dreams of Beijing Fade Away.", New York Times, November 13, 2007. Accessed November 13, 2007
  15. ^ "Meet The Hedge Fund Analyst Who Is Being Inducted Into The USA Gymnastics Hall Of Fame". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  16. ^ "Balyasny Asset Management Analyst Needs A Couple of Days Off In August". Dealbreaker. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  17. ^ "Cohort II - Spring 2015". Food-X - Food Business Accelerator. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  18. ^ "11 Easy Ways to Be More Successful". Fortune. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 

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