Chen at the 2008 Summer Olympics
|Born||18 February 1989 (age 30)|
Fuzhou, Fujian, China
|Height||191 cm (6 ft 3 in)|
Xue Chen (Chinese: 薛晨; pinyin: Xuē Chén; born 18 February 1989 in Fuzhou, Fujian) is a Chinese female beach volleyball player, measuring 191 centimetres (6 ft 3 in) in height. Her hometown is Fuzhou, but she trains in Sanya, Hainan. She has also trained in California under coach Dane Selznick.
Xue began playing basketball as a child, but disliked the physical contact of that sport. She then played indoor volleyball from the age of 10 to 13 before settling into beach volleyball. She began training for her sports career in 2000 at the Fuzhou Sports Training School. In 2002, she attended the Athletic Sports College of Fuzhou and became a member of the Chinese national beach volleyball team. Xue then made her Swatch-FIVB World Tour debut in 2005, playing in two events with You Wenhui and winning the FIVB Top Rookie award for 2006.
Early 2006 Xue became the youngest player to ever win a major event, when on 28 May 2006 the 17-year-old won the $400,000 China Shanghai Jinshan Open.
Later in 2006, Xue and Zhang Xi won the gold medal in the women's team competition at the 2006 Asian Games. The pair also won the bronze medal in women's beach volleyball at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The pair had great success in 2010, which included winning the Grand Slam in Moscow, Russia, for the second time. They also achieved an extraordinary gold-medal win on the FIVB World Tour Women's Final in Åland, Finland, by snapping the record gold-medal winning-streak of Brazil's França–Silva duo on 21 August 2010. In 2009 they won the gold medal at the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Haikou, China, and retained the title in 2010. They then went on to win gold at the Sanya Open in Hainan, the Guangzhou Asian Games, and the Asian Beach Games. The team of Xue and Zhang were ranked 4th overall on the 2010 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings and finished the season ranked first in the FIVB World Rankings.
- Zhang Xi 2010–present
- Zhang Ying 2008–2009
- Zhang Xi 2006–2008
- Yan Ni 2003–2006
- Xia Xinyi 2017–present
- Ma Yuanyuan 2017–Present
- China at the 2012 Summer Olympics#Volleyball
- Beach volleyball at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's tournament
- "Xue Chen Profile & Bio, NBC Olympics". Retrieved 25 August 2008.
- "Xue Chen: Career, Beach Volleyball Database". Retrieved 11 August 2008.
- "17-year old Xue Chen Captures SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Gold Medal". Retrieved 10 November 2008.
- "Xue Chen Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 August 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Xue Chen at the FIVB beach volleyball players' database
- Chen Xue at the Beach Volleyball Database
- Chen Xue at the International Olympic Committee
- Xue Chen at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
Talita Antunes (BRA)
| Women's FIVB World Tour "Top Rookie"
April Ross (USA)