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Pang Panpan
Pang panpan
Pang at the 2006 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of China China

Born

June 7 1988 (1988-06-07) (age 28)
Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

Years on National Team

2002-2008

Coach(es)

Wang Qunce, Xu Jinglei

Current status

Retired

Pang Panpan (Chinese: 庞盼盼; pinyin: Páng Pànpàn) (born 7 June 1988 in Shijiazhuang, Hebei) is a Chinese gymnast. She was a member of the 2006 World Champion Chinese team. Nicknamed "Oriental Beauty", she is known for her exceptional elegance and style in performance.

Career

Pang was selected for and started gymnastic training in 1997 when she was in primary school and so she entered the Shijiazhuang Amateur Sports School. In January 2001, she was selected by Huang Jian, the leader of the Hebei Gymnastics Team, to be a part of the team. After four months of joining the team, she took part in the Li Ning's Cup, a National Children's Gymnastics Competition in May 2001. Towards the end of the year 2002, she was selected for the National Gymnastics Team. She reported for training on January 1, 2003.

Pang has competed at multiple World Cup events in the past, but her best overall performance up until that point was at the 2006 Foshan Chinese National Championships where she won the all-around and floor exercise titles. This victory would earn her a spot to compete at the World Championships later that year, but her spot depended on her performance at the Xiantao Nationals in autumn.

Though her performance at the Xiantao Nationals was not as good at the first nationals, she was chosen for the World team.

At the 2006 Shanghai World Cup, she won the title on the beam with a score of 15.600 and on floor exercises with a score of 15.300.

On July 16, 2006, in Shanghai, China, Pang won the gold in the beam.

At the 2006 World Championships, Pang was a member of the Chinese team. Pang fell on both the beam and the floor in preliminaries but did well on both of these events in team finals. Pang was also called up for bars, on which she did exceptionally well, in last minute when Li Ya messed up her rountine in the warm-up session. She and her teammates Zhang Nan, Li Ya, Cheng Fei, Zhou Zhuoru, He Ning, and alternate Huang Lu made history as they became the first Chinese women's team to win a gold medal in the team event.

Pang went on to compete in the all-around where she finished 12th in preliminaries. She was in the top three after the first rotation; but in the second rotation, she fell on her Yang Bo (a split jump with a back arch). She continued onto floor exercise where she earned a 15.425; which put her into first place going into the last rotation. She performed a double-twisting Yurchenko, but landed low, took a step, and placed her hands on the mat, and got a 0.8 deduction. She scored 14.025 and ended up in 6th place.

Bars was her weakest event overall but due to injury she was only trained consistently on this event during the run up to the selection of 2008 Beijing Olympics. By that time, He Kexin and Yang Yilin were making their presence known, and Pang’s bars weren’t enough.

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2005Sao Paolo World Cup2nd4
2006Chinese National Championships1st1st
Shanghai World Cup1st1st
Aarhus World Championships1st6
2007Shanghai World Cup2nd2nd
2008Moscow World Cup2nd

Floor Music

2006 - "Para Te/Arrabal/Des Tours de Vie/Don Diego de Las Vegas" by Appart

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