|FUNG Lori Canada
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||21/02/1963||Age:||52|
|Place of birth:||VANCOUVER||
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|Lori FUNG is the first ever Olympic Champion in RSG !
Many people call her "The lucky girl". In the absence of Bulgarian and Soviet gymnasts (because of the boycott of the Eastern Block) Lori became Champion at the Olympics Premier of RSG in Los Angeles 1984. However it doesn't mean she has been safe in tbe company of very strong competitors such as Doina Staiculescu ROM 2nd, Regina Weber GER 3rd. The first Olympic Tournament was strong enough, even without the stars. Lori was been simply the best that day and well deserved her victory.
She was a sunny gymnast; alive, dynamic and spectacular and the audience always loved her positive and happy appearance. Lori somehow radiated a lovely mixture of exotic Asia and beautiful Canada, although she never learned her father's language.
On her way to Varna (BUL) in September 1987, she suffered appendisitis attack and insted of taking part in her third World Championships, she went to ... the hospital for urgent operation. Lori stopped competing short before Seoul Olympics in 1988.
Her coach was Bulgarian born and settled in Canada in 1976, Liliana Dimitrova. Lori was Canadian Champion seven times. She has been inducted into the B.C. Hall of Fame and Canadian Hall of Fame, and has received the highest canadian civilian award - The Order of Canada - ans well as the Order of British Columbia. Lori has given performances before Pope John Pall II, Prince Charles and Lady Diana, Elton Jones nad the Prime Minister of Canada at the Michener Gala.
After her retirement Lori became a RSG coach. She has produced two time National Champions with her Junior group and is coaching Camille Martens and Gretchen McLennan in the National Squad.
In September 1991, Lori married the basketball player J.D. Jackson who was the recipient of the 1992 University Athlete of the Year Award.V. Atkinson.