Monday, October 13, 2008

Zhang Nan

Zhang Nan (, born April 30, 1986 in Beijing is a . Zhang is currently a member of the Women's Gymnastics National Team for the People's Republic of China and was a member of the Chinese team for the 2004 Olympic Games, as well as the 2002 World Championships in Debrecen, Hungary, 2003 World Championships in , , 2005 World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, and the 2006 World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. She is noted as a strong leader and a consistent performer under pressure. Zhang was one of China's most successful female gymnasts and was the first Chinese woman to medal in an All-Around championship at a World Championship and Olympic Games.


Zhang won four gold medals at the 2002 East Asian Games and the 2003 Asian Championships . She became China's first female medalist in a World All-Around competition by winning the bronze medal at the 2003 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim. She followed this feat by becoming the first Chinese woman to win an Olympic All-Around medal, also a bronze, in Athens in 2004 .

As a member of the Chinese team at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, she helped the team finish 7th and won an individual Bronze Medal in the All-Around competition behind Carly Patterson of the United States and Svetlana Khorkina of the Russian Federation. Zhang also participated in the balance beam event final, her strongest event, but fell once she mounted onto the apparatus. Eventually she placed 6th with a score of 9.237. Without the 0.5 deduction for the fall, she would have edged out Romania's Alexandria Eremia for the bronze.

Zhang won the 2005 Chinese National All-Around title as well as the 2005 East Asian Games title in Macau. At the 2005 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne, Zhang was hampered with injuries and had to withdraw from the All-Around Final, but she did compete in the Balance Beam final and finished 4th with a score of 9.487.

As a member of the 2006 World Championship team for China, she competed on all four apparatuses and helped the team qualify in 2nd place behind the United States. During the final round of team competition and under a different set of rules, Zhang was instrumental in the Chinese team's eventual victory by completing three exercises. She contributed strong routines on Vault , Balance Beam and Floor Exercise . The win for the Chinese team was its first in history.

Zhang also eventually finished 4th in the Balance Beam final with a score of 15.275. It was a slight disappointment because she had qualified with the top score of 16.075, but had developed an ankle injury after falling down a flight of stairs the day before the competition. It was a similar circumstance and outcome to her finishes in the Balance Beam finals at the 2002 and 2005 World Championships.

Zhang was also a member of the team at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar where the Chinese women captured their seventh-straight team title. Zhang went on to help the Chinese women sweep all but one of the gold medals available in the women's gymnastics competition by winning the Balance Beam title ahead of her compatriot, Han Bing.

Over the course of the two years following the 2006 World Championships, Zhang struggled with keeping up her level of difficulty on her exercises and maintaining her weight. As a result, she did not qualify to the team to represent China at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She continued her attempt at a bid to make the Olympic team by increasing her difficulty, but struggling with confidence and consistency, Zhang only managed to win a silver medal on Balance Beam at the 2008 Chinese National Championship in Tianjin, China, partly due to the errors of many of her stronger competitors.

Zhang was named to the Chinese Olympic training squad, but she was not selected to compete for China at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and it is currently unclear whether or not she will continue to compete in Olympic-eligible gymnastics.

Xu Huaiwen

Xu Huaiwen is a female badminton player from Germany. She was born in Guiyang, Guizhou, People's Republic of China. She decided to play for Germany because the Chinese thought that she was too short to play professional world badminton. She can speak fluent Chinese, German and English..

Xu was defeated by Xie Xingfang of China in the semi-final match of the in Madrid, Spain.


In 2007 she also played at the and was beaten in quarterfinals by Lu Lan, of China, 9-21, 21-12, 16-21.


She won the gold medal at the 2008 European Badminton Championships.
She proceeded into the quarter finals while at the Olympics in Beijing but was only just beaten by world no 1. Xie Xingfang.

Shi Jinmo

Shi Jinmo , former name Shi Yuqian , was a renowned expert and practitioner of Chinese traditional medicine. His ancestral hometown was Kanshan Town, Xiaoshan, Zhejiang, and he was born in Guizhou Province.

Shi devoted his life to practice, reform and education of Chinese traditional medicine. He suggested using modern science and technology to study the traditional medicine, and advocated the integration of Chinese traditional medicine and western medical practice. Shi maintained close personal relations with some prominent political figures at that time, such as Sun Yet-Sen, Huang Xing, Yang Hucheng and Zhou Enlai.


During his childhood, Shi's mother suffered a lot of illness. At age of 13, Shi started learning traditional medicine with his uncle. In 1902, his father took him to Shanxi, and sent him into Shanxi Grand Academy . He was expelled from this school due to his dissent from the principal's campaign. From 1903 to 1906, he studied at Shanxi Judicial and Political Academy. After graduation, he was enrolled in Capital Judicial and Political Academy, and meanwhile, started his medical practice. During that time, Shi actively supported Xinhai Revolution, and devoted to social welfare. In 1912, as a delegate from Shanxi, Shi attended the inauguration ceremony of the Temporary Grand President of the Republic of China, Sun Yet-Sen. Later, he assisted Huang Xing to draft the army's military law.

Due to the ominous political atmosphere, Shi attained his belief that "if one can not be a good minister, be a good doctor", and thus concentrated on his medical practice. He broke one character in his name, Qian , and adopted Jinmo as his name, incarnating the spirit of "shared love" of Mozi and the medicinal canon of Mozi.

Shi was reviled in Cultural Revolution. His health seriously deteriorated in spring 1969, and he died on August 22 in Beijing.

Qu Ridong

Qu Ridong is a male , who will compete for at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the Double Trap Men event. He belongs to the Henan Provincial Shooting and Archery Administrative Center.

Major performances

*2006 World Cup Guangzhou - 1st skeet;
*2007 Asian Championships - 2nd skeet;
*2008 World Cup Beijing - 1st skeet

Lin Li (gymnast)

Lin Li is a Chinese gymnast who specializes on the uneven bars. She was born on January 28, 1986 in Guizhou, China. Lin Li started gymnastics when she entered elementary school in 1993. By 2002, Lin Li was selected for the National Team. Since joining the national team, Lin has competed at many prestigious championships such as the 2003 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 2004 Olympics and 2004 World Cup Final.

Lin Li is the 2003 National Champion on the uneven bars as well as a two time national bronze medalist on floor exercise.

Life after and during the Olympics

Lin Li was chosen for the 2004 Olympics because the coaches felt that Lin could bring home an individual medal on the uneven bars. After the preliminary rounds Lin was second on the uneven bars. She outscored both Li Ya and Fan Ye by earning a 9.7 . Lin also earned the highest score on the uneven bars during the Team Finals. Unfortunately, Lin felt a lot of pressure in medaling on the uneven bars after the Chinese WAG and MAG teams failed to medal during the team competition. With the added pressure on top of the usual nerves, Lin watered down her routine and failed to medal during the uneven bars final.

After the Olympics, Lin was not chosen for any Grand Prix events, but competed at the 2004 World Cup Final on the uneven bars and finished 6th.

After a disappointing year in 2004, Lin also failed to win any medals at the 2005 Chinese National Championships. Many critics felt that Lin Li's career was over. Some even went as far as saying she would ''never'' compete internationally again. Lin Li proved her critics wrong and was last seen competing at the 2005 Australia VS China Dual Meet. She finished 5th in the all around and 1st on the uneven bars. Unfortunately, she fractured her hand during warm-ups on the uneven bars at the dual meet. She continued to train on the other three events. In October, she helped the Guizhou provincial team to a sixth-place finish at the Tenth National Games, competing watered-down routines on the , uneven bars, and balance beam. Shortly after the Games, she returned to her home province and retired. In the fall of 2006, she entered the Beijing University of Physical Education.

Li Yajun

Li Yajun is a male , who will compete for at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

Major performances

*1995 National Intercity Games - 1st double trap;
*2000 Asian Championships -1st double trap;
*2001/2002/2004/2006/2007 National Shooting Series - 1st double trap


*2007 National Shooting Series Leg 2 - 144, double trap

Helen Wong

Helen Wong , better known by her stage name Allenina, is a Los Angeles-based, model, actress, dancer and emerging film director. Allenina grew up in Hong Kong and emigrated to the United States at age 17, residing in Los Angeles.

Mainstream Movie and Television Appearances

Helen is featured in ''National Lampoon Presents Lost Reality'' , described on the cover as "TV Shows the Networks Wouldn't Dare Air."

Allenina appears in ''He Said, She Said'', a dating game with a transsexual twist. Her segment is similar to ''The Bachelorette'', in that male contestants try to win the heart of the woman. Prior to her appearance in ''He Said, She Said'', Allenina appeared in Showtime’s Family Business in an encounter with Cousin Stevie.

She also appears as her male identity in '''', where she is revealed to be Annabel Chong's classmate and best friend.

Allenina also appeared in Macy Gray's music video for "Sexual Revolution".