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Deng Linlin
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Deng at the 2012 Olympic Games

Nickname(s)

Deng Deng

Country represented

Flag of China China

Born

April 21 1992 (1992-04-21) (age 25)
Fuyang, Anhui, China

Years on National Team

2004-2013

Coach(es)

Xiong Jingbin & Zhang Xia

Current status

Retired

Deng Linlin (simplified Chinese: 邓琳琳; traditional Chinese: 鄧琳琳; pinyin: Dēng Línlín; pronounced [tə̂ŋ lǐnlǐn]; born April 21, 1992 in Fuyang, Anhui) is a retired Chinese gymnast. She was a member of the Chinese team that won the team gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, People's Republic of China, and is a three-time World Cup gold medalist. She's 2012 Olympic Champion on balance beam. She's also the 2009 World Balance Beam Champion and 2010 World Balance beam silver medalist.

Gymnastics Career

Deng Linlin began her gymnastics career in her hometown of Fuyang, Anhui, at the Anhui Fuyang Sports School and later attended the Anhui Provincial Sports School. She was selected to the Chinese national team in 2004 and made her international competitive debut in 2008, when she competed in several events on the World Cup circuit. At the World Cup meet in Doha in March, she won the gold medal on the balance beam and placed second on floor exercise behind her teammate Jiang Yuyuan. At the World Cup in Moscow, Deng won gold medals on both beam and floor.

At the 2008 Chinese National Championships, Deng finished in third place in the all-around, behind Jiang and Yang Yilin and also placed third on vault. At the 11th Chinese National Games in 2009, Deng won the gold in the all-around competition.

2008 Olympics

Deng was a member of the Chinese team at the 2008 Olympic Games and participated in the preliminary and team final rounds of competition. In the preliminary team competition, Deng performed on all four apparatuses. She was ranked ninth overall after the preliminary round; however, Deng did not advance to the individual all-around final because no more than two gymnasts may represent each country in the all-around competition.

For the team final, Chinese coaches decided to replace Jiang with Deng on vault only 20 minutes before the competition. Deng performed solidly on all the three events in the team final, sticking a double twisting Yurchenko vault and received a 15.250. Deng also performed on balance beam and floor exercise, with a score of 15.925 on beam and a 15.150 on floor respectively. She was also one of the two Chinese gymnasts who performed on three apparatuses in team final, together with Cheng Fei.

Post-Beijing

In 2009, she became the world champion on balance beam. In addition, she finished seventh on the floor exercise and eleventh in the all-around competition, after an uncharacteristic fall on her own strong event, balance beam. Deng continued her international success in 2010, garnering a team bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships with the Chinese team as well as an individual silver medal on the balance beam. She was also chosen to compete in the 2010 Asian Games, where she won a gold with the team and an individual silver on the balance beam.

In May 2012, Deng competed at the Chinese Nationals, where she won gold on balance beam. On June 19, 2012, China named her to the preliminary team for the Olympics, in one of the guaranteed spots. She was also named team captain.

During qualifications, Deng competed on all four events. She qualified fifth to the all-around and fourth to the balance beam event final.

During the team final, Deng competed on vault, beam, and floor exercise. She posted decent scores on all events, but the Chinese finished fourth in the team final.

In the all-around, Deng started on vault, where she scored a 14.900. She then went to uneven bars and scored a 14.266. She performed well on balance beam, scoring a 15.300. She moved to floor exercise, where she scored a 13.933. She finished the all-around in sixth place.

In the balance beam final, Deng performed third. She scored a 15.600 and won the gold over compatriot Sui Lu and USA's Aly Raisman.

Post-London

Deng continued to compete after the Olympics, winning silver on balance beam at the Chinese Nationals in May. Her last competition was the Chinese National Games, where she placed third in the all-around. She retired soon after.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2008Doha World Cup3rd1st2nd
Moscow World Cup41st1st
Chinese National Championships3rd3rd
Beijing Olympic Games1st
2009Chinese National Games1st3rd
London World Championships111st7
2010Rotterdam World Championships3rd2nd
Guangzhou Asian Games1st2nd
Chinese National Championships51st
2012Chinese National Championships1st
London Olympic Games461st
2013Chinese National Championships2nd
Liaoning Chinese National Games3rd

Floor Music

2012 - "The Puss Suite" by Henry Jackman

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