|KUI Yuan Yuan China
Discipline: Womens Artistic
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||23/06/1981||Age:||34|
|Height:||146 cm/4.8 ft||Weight:||35 kg/77.2 lb|
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|Current Club:||Beijing Gymnastics Team|
|Head coach:||Shanzhen Lu (CHN)|
|Assistant coach:||Qunlin Liu (CHN)|
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|Born 28th June 1981 in Beijing, Kui made a brilliant debut in her first world championships. At the adge of 14, she competed in the 1996 world apparatus championships in Puerto Rico, and much to her surprise, came away with a gold medal! She tried for first place on floor with Gina Gogean, and delighted the spectators with great tumbling and very cute dance. On beam she placed tenth, showing an impressive series of three split leaps immediately into three layouts.
However, there was more to come in that beam routine. At the 1996 Olympics she added a full twist to her two-foot layout, scoring a massive 9.875 in team optionals. However, a fall in compulsories meant she didd't reach the beam finals.
In Lausanne, she did indeed reach the beam finals, but despite a daring and almost error-free routine, the judges saw fit to mark her down to bronze medal position.
Kui's idol when young was 1992 Olympic bars champion Lu Li, and now she most admires Simona Amanar. Her favourite events are beam and vault and she hopes to compete in the Sydney Olympics.GymStars, March 98.