Chinese Sports Stars

The constellation of Chinese sports stars grows ever larger as the Beijing Olympics approach. This page gives information and links for the most high-profile of its superstars – the ones you’re likely to notice next August when the Olympics come to town, as well as a few who are no longer in the game but whose work paved the way for the current generation of Chinese athletes.

BASKETBALL
Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)
Wang Zhizhi (Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers)
Mengke Bateer (Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors)
Yi Jianlian (Guangdong Tigers, drafted to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2007 NBA draft)
Sun Yue (drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 NBA draft)

TABLE TENNIS
Wang Liqin (men’s singles world champion)
Zhang Yining (women’s singles world champion)
Wang Nan (women’s singles world champion)

TENNIS
Li Na
Zheng Jie
Yan Zi
Peng Shuai
Sun Tiantian (2004 Olympic gold medalist, women’s doubles)

TRACK AND FIELD
Liu Xiang (2004 Olympic gold medalist, men’s 110-meter hurdles)
Xing Huina (2004 Olympic gold medalist, women’s 10,000 meters)
Gao Shuying (Asian record holder, women’s pole vault)

SKIING: AERIAL FREESTYLE
Han Xiaopeng (2006 Olympic gold medalist)

VOLLEYBALL
Zhao Ruirui (2004 women’s Olympic champion)
Feng Kun (2004 women’s Olympic champion)
Lang Ping (1984 women’s Olympic champion; current head coach for USA Women’s Volleyball)

DIVING
Guo Jingjing
Tian Liang (retired; 2000 and 2004 Olympic gold medalist)