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Yang Yang (A)

As one of the world's most powerful short-track speed skaters Yang Yang (A) has won a total of 59 world titles in her career in World Championships and World Cup events. At Salt Lake City 2002 she twice struck gold to help end China's gold draught in the Olympic Winter Games and to become China's first woman athlete to win two short-track individual events at one Olympics. After Turin 2006, where she took a bronze medal in the 1000m, Yang Yang (A) announced her retirement in Beijing on 17 August 2006, seven days before her 31st birthday.

Name: YANG Yang (A)
Gender: W
Date of birth: August 24, 1975
Place of birth: Tangyuan, Heilongjiang Province
Height: 1.65m
Weight: 60kg
Sport: Short-track speed skating
Personal best: 2002 Olympic Winter Games - 1st short-track speed skating 500m & 1000m

Member of the Chinese Olympic Committee
Member of the Athletes Committee, International Skating Union (ISU)
Member of the Athlete Committee, World Anti-Doping Agency

Sports career:
Entered the Harbin Sports School and switched to short-track speed skating in April 1988. Chosen by the national team for intensified training in 1993. Joined the national team in 1995. Became the first Chinese gold medallist in Olympic Winter Games in 2002.

High performances:
National Short-track Champions Tournament - 1st 3000m
1992 National Short-track Championships - 1st 1500m & 3000m
1995 Spain World Winter University Games - 1st 3000m relay
1995 Korea World Championships - 1st 3000m relay; 5th 1500m
1995 Harbin Asian Winter Games - 1st 1500m & 3000m relay
1996 World Championships - 5th 1500m; 2nd 3000m relay
1997 National Games - 1st 500m
1997 Japan World Championships - 1st 500m & 1000m; 3rd 3000m
1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games - Set WR in 1000m (1:31.991); 2nd 3000m relay
1998 Vienna World Championships - 1st 1000m, 1500m & 3000m relay; 2nd 3000m
1999 World Championships - 1st 500m, 1000m, 3000m & 3000m relay; 2nd 1500m
2000 Sheffield World Championships - 1st 1000m, 1500m & 3000m relay; 2nd 3000m
2001 Seoul World Championships - 1st 1000m, 1500m, 3000m & 3000m relay; 2nd - 500m
2002 World Championships - 1st 500m, 1000m & 1500m; 2nd 3000m relay
2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games - 1st 500m & 1000m
2003 National Winter Games - 1st 7-lap pursuit, 1000m, 1500m, 3000m, 3000m relay & overall
2003 Aomori Asian Winter Games - 1st 500m, 1000m & 3000m
2003 Warsaw World Short-track Championships - 1st 500m & 3000m relay; 3rd 1000m & 1500m; 4th 3000m
2005 Beijing World Championships - 1st 500m; 2nd 3000m relay
2005 National Games - 1st 500m & 3000m relay; 2nd 1500m
2006 Turin Olympic Winter Games - 3rd 1000m

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