Yang Wei (gymnast)
|— Gymnast —|
|Full name||Yang Wei|
February 8, 1980 |
|Height||160 cm (5 ft 3 in)|
|Discipline||Men's artistic gymnastics|
|Club||China National School|
|Head coach(es)||Huang Yubin|
|Assistant coach(es)||Wang Guoqin|
At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, his world championship winning team finished fifth after many of them fell. Wei was also the favorite to win the gold medal at the Individual All-Around in Athens as well, but a fall from the high bar earned him a low score of 8.975 and put him out of medal contention. He placed seventh that night. The Chinese team redeemed itself by taking gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, beating out Japan and the United States.
Yang returned to form at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Aarhus, by winning gold in the team event, individual all-around and parallel bars competitions. He also won gold medal in the team event, individual all-around, rings and parallel bars competitions at the 2006 Asian Games.
He successfully defended his team and all-around titles at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, and won the all-around and rings at the Chinese National Championships in 2007 and 2008.
Yang Wei is best known for his impressive difficulty scores across the six events.
Yang Wei has a long-time relationship with former gymnast, Yang Yun, who is an Olympic bronze medalist (uneven bars) for China, and now a CCTV reporter. In June 2006, Yang Wei invited Yang Yun to a news conference, which turned out to be a ploy for him to surprise her with a proposal. While he trained for the Beijing Olympic Games, the two had very few chances to be together, and kept in touch through text messaging. After his Olympic gold in the All-Around in Beijing on Thursday, Yang Wei faced the camera and mouthed the words, "I love you," to his fiancee. Yang Yun, who watched his victory on television, shouted "I love you, too!" back to the screen.Yang Wei: "Gold Medal for my Love!" The two married on November 6, 2008. Their son, Yang Wenchang (杨文昌), was born November 2009.
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- "Results: Men's Individual All-Around Final". Beijing2008.cn. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Archived from the original on August 17, 2008. Retrieved August 14, 2008.
- "Yang Wei: "Gold Medal for my love!" -CNN iReport". Ireport.com. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2011-10-29.