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2008 Olympic champion Yang Wei

2008 Olympic champion Yang Wei

2008 Olympic all-around champion Yang Wei first made the Chinese national team in 1996, 12 years before his greatest Olympic triumph. Three Olympic appearances and countless championships later, Yang announced his retirement today after attempting a comeback for the Chinese National Games in the fall, saying that age and an elbow injury have hampered his preparations. “It’s much more difficult for me to recover from injuries than before,” he told sina.com. He won 14 World and Olympic medals, 10 of them gold, during his long career.

Related articles: Chinese Olympic gymnast Yang Wei to retire (AP), Olympic champion Yang calls it a day (Guardian UK), Gymnastics star bows out on top (China.org), Olympic champion Yang announces retirement (IG).

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