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|Full name||Lori Fung Methorst|
February 21, 1963 |
Vancouver, British Columbia
|Head coach(es)||Liliana Dimitrova|
The time Rhythmic Gymnastics was officially added as an Olympic Sport at the 1984 Olympic Games. The gymnasts from USSR and Bulgaria were favored to win in Rhythmic Gymnastics but the Eastern led Boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics meant the top gymnasts were absent. Fung then trained with Romanian rhythmic gymnast Doina Stăiculescu but Fung would eventually upset Stăiculescu and be the first recipient of a gold medal the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Her coach was Bulgarian-born and settled in Canada in 1976, Liliana Dimitrova. Fung was a Canadian Champion seven times. She has been inducted into the British Columbia Hall of Fame and Canadian Hall of Fame, and has received the highest Canadian civilian award – The Order of Canada – as well as the Order of British Columbia. Lori has given performances before Pope John Paul II, Prince Charles and Lady Diana[clarification needed], Elton John and the Prime Minister of Canada at the Michener Gala.
She has been a coach for the Canadian National Team, U.S.A. National Team, and Mexico National Team. She is currently a director and coach for Club Elite Rhythmic Gymnastics in British Columbia.
She had a part in the film Catwoman as an aerial ballerina. She married Dean Methorst and has three sons: step-son Cole, Alexander, and Nicholas.
- In 1985, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
- In 1985, she was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame.
- In 1990, she was awarded the Order of British Columbia.
- In 2004, she was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
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