|Full name||Zou Kai|
February 25, 1988 |
|Height||157 cm (5 ft 2 in)|
|Discipline||Men's artistic gymnastics|
|Club||China National School|
|Head coach(es)||Huang Yubin|
|Assistant coach(es)||Bai Yuanshao|
|Former coach(es)||Lin Zhaoyang, Lei Ming|
Zou Kai (simplified Chinese: 邹凯; traditional Chinese: 鄒凱; pinyin: Zōu Kǎi; born February 25, 1988 in Luzhou, Sichuan) is a five-time Olympic and five-time World champion Chinese gymnast, specializing in the floor exercise and the horizontal bar.
Zou won his first three olympic gold medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, resulting in a nomination for the Laureus World Sports Award for Breakthrough of the Year in 2009. He later won two additional gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
With a total of five gold medals and one bronze, Zou currently holds the record for most Olympic gold medals won by any Chinese athlete in Olympic history, and is tied for the record of most medals won overall.
World Championships debut
2006 Asian Games
2008 Summer Olympics
On his Olympic debut at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, he contributed to the team's gold and also won unexpected individual gold medals at the floor exercise and the horizontal bar scoring 16.050 and 16.200 respectively.
Zou was the second Chinese Olympian to receive three gold medals at a single Olympic Games, following Li Ning who first achieved the feat at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and was the most successful Chinese athlete at the Beijing Olympics, with the most gold medal wins.
2009 World Championships
2011 World Championships
After being left out of the Chinese Gymnastic Team at both the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam and the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, due to weaknesses in the apparatuses he did not specialize in, Zou again won two gold and one silver medal at the 2011 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, matching his feat at the 2009 Championships.
2012 Summer Olympics
At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he led the team to win gold and later successfully defended his Olympic title at the floor exercise, winning gold again, only the second to do so in the men's floor exercise following Soviet Gymnast Nikolai Andrianov who won the event in 1972 and 1976. He was unable to defend his title in the horizontal bar however, finishing less than two tenths of a point behind the lead, eventually winning a bronze medal in the event. The last gymnast to successfully defend his Olympic title on the high bar was Mitsuo Tsukahara, who won the event in 1972 and 1976, at the same Olympics as Andrianov.
With a total of five Olympic gold medals, he holds the record for most golds won by any Chinese athlete in Olympic history, and by adding a bronze medal to the tally, he tied the record for most medals overall, with six.
2014 Asian Games
Zou participated in the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, winning gold in both the floor exercise and horizontal bar individual events, as well as a bronze medal as part of the Chinese team.
Zou Kai, a Sichuan native, auctioned off one of his Olympic gold medals in 2008, donating all proceeds to fund relief efforts in the aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Out of the three gold medals he'd earned at the 2008 Summer Olympics, he chose the medal won for his floor exercise routine for its special significance since only two other Chinese gymnasts had ever won it, Li Ning and Li Xiaoshuang.
- China at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- China at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- List of Olympic medalists in gymnastics (men)
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists at a single Games
- Zou Kai at the International Federation of Gymnastics
- Zou Kai imperious as Brits crash pommel podium
- Zonderland flies away with horizontal bar gold
- Zou Kai Bio Gymnastike.org
- "China's Zou captures floor gold" Reuters, August 17, 2008
- Zonderland wins horizontal bar gold; USA fails to medal Fox News Channel
- "Chen Yibing, Zou Kai exclusive visit to Hong Kong (29-8-2008)"
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