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|Full name||Deng Linlin|
April 21, 1992|
Lixin, Anhui, China
|Hometown||Fuyang, Anhui, China|
146 cm (4 ft 9 in)Weight: 31kg/68pounds
|Head coach(es)||Xiong Jingbin |
|Assistant coach(es)||Zhang Xia|
|Music||Colette Shows Him Le Ropes (2008)|
Deng Linlin (simplified Chinese: 邓琳琳; traditional Chinese: 鄧琳琳; pinyin: Dèng Línlín; pronounced [də̂ŋ lǐnlǐn]; born April 21, 1992 in Lixin, 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 is the 2009 World and 2012 Olympic champion on balance beam.
Deng Linlin began her gymnastics career in Fuyang, Anhui (her family moved from Lixin to Fuyang in 1998), at the Anhui Fuyang Sports School and later attended the Anhui Provincial Sports School. She was selected to the Chinese national team in 2004.
Deng 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.
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 three events in the team final, sticking a double twisting Yurchenko vault and receiving a 15.250. Deng also performed on balance beam and floor exercise, scoring 15.925 a 15.150, respectively. She was one of two Chinese gymnasts who performed on three apparatuses in the team final, the other being Cheng Fei.
Deng and Jiang, along with and national teammate Nai Ruoyu, were featured in a documentary about the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics titled 筑梦 2008 (pinyin: Zhù Mèng; released internationally as Dream Weavers: Beijing 2008 ) which premiered at the China Film Archive in July 2008.
In 2009, after a seven-month-long knee recovery, Deng started to prepare for the 11th Chinese National Games held in September. During the competition, she surprisingly won the gold in the all-around final from the second group (7th in qualification) of the 24 finalists. After posting three solid routine on bars, beam and floor, she took a shot on vault by attempting the double twisting Yurchenko and succeeded with a clean landing to guarantee the win over Yang Yilin and Sui Lu from Guangdong and Shanghai, respectively. In the floor final, she got a bronze medal with a clean but relatively simple routine.
Later the same month, she became the world champion on balance beam in London. During the beam event final, she obtained the highest values in both D and E scores with 6.4 and 8.6, respectively. She became the fourth beam world champion of Chinese team, after Mo Huilan, Ling Jie and Fan Ye. 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 struggled with her sciatic injury throughout 2010, which forced her to only compete on vault and beam. Even so, she 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 in the balance beam final. During the team final, the judges devalued her back layout somersault (an E level element) to a whip (a C level element), which resulted her 0.7 valued back flip + back flip + back layout series to only a 0.3, and the shown 15.10 score replaced with 14.70 after a call made from the Russian senior judge. In the beam final, she held the highest D value, a 6.6, of all the competitors. 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 behind her teammate, Sui Lu.
In 2011, Deng did not make the team for the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo due to injury. In November, she won an all-round title in the Chinese Winner Champions held in Hong Kong over her younger teammates. During this competition, she performed a 1.1 valued series of back flip + back flip + layout full (G level) + Korbut flic, which included a 0.4 connective bonus value; under AB/DE COPS, this is the highest value generated by one move on beam.
In 2012, despite injuries, Deng regained the ability to vault a double twisting Yurchenko which was urgently needed for the Chinese team. With the winning of the all-around title at the Chinese National Championships, Deng made herself a member of the Chinese gymnastic team going to the 2012 Olympic Games. Due to Deng being declared the fourth member of the team, her long term teammate He Kexin was chosen as the final member because of her bars specialty.
Deng won the women's beam gold medal with the highest D score (6.6) and E score (9.0) in the final, which was also the highest beam score in the entire Olympics. Her score was one tenth higher than that of Sui Lu, who was the reigning world champion at that time. This is the second Olympic gymnastics gold medal of her career and the second Olympic balance beam gold medal for China. She was the captain of the Chinese team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.