Data map: Former Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng at the 2018 Lawrence World Sports Awards red carpet ceremony in Monaco.
Chinanews Client Beijing, July 28 (Xing Rui) At the 1997 Spring Festival Gala, the skit "Cosmic Gymnastics Trials" performed by Chen Peisi and Zhu Shimao is still fresh in my memory. This sketch is based on the selection of talents for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Chen Peisi played "Chen Xiaoer" and led his "space gymnastics team" to stage a ridiculous story.
In the performance lineup at that time, there were already well-known Li Ning, like Li Xiaoshuang and Li Dashuang in the sky, Li Chunyang and Li Jing, seniors in Chinese gymnastics, and Li Xiaopeng, who was under 16 years old.
At that time, Li Xiaopeng had just entered the national team and his face was full of immature. When the host asked him about his future goals, Li Xiaopeng said confidently: "I want to learn from these eldest brothers of the Li family, and strive for the championship in the 2000 Olympic Games and win glory for the country."
Li Xiaopeng in the spring evening.
Time flies like a white horse. In a blink of an eye, Li Xiaopeng, who was only 15 years old in the spring evening, celebrated his 39th birthday on July 27 and reached the threshold of not being confused.
In 24 years, Li Xiaopeng has grown from a fledgling teenager to the person who has won the most championships in the history of Chinese gymnastics.
At the Sydney Olympics, Li Xiaopeng's wish made on the stage of the Spring Festival Gala became a reality-he led the Chinese men's gymnastics team to the team championship and won the parallel bars gold medal in the individual events. The 19-year-old Li Xiaopeng ushered in the first peak of his professional career. In the following years, he almost won all the championships in international competitions and possessed the gymnastics movements named "Li Xiaopeng Jump" and "Li Xiaopeng Hang" named after him.
Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng performed the original action "Li Xiaopeng Hanging" in the competition. Network video screenshot
Looking back on the history of Chinese gymnastics, there are many world champions named Li. Sports fans call them "Li Jiajun".
At the 1983 World Championships in Budapest, the Chinese team composed of Tong Fei, Li Ning, Lou Yun, Li Yuejiu, Li Xiaoping, and Xu Zhiqiang. Three of the six players were named Li. The "Li Jiajun" had already taken shape at that time. In that "Li Family Army", the highest achievement was "Prince of Gymnastics" Li Ning.
Li Ning became famous in the 1982 Gymnastics World Cup. At the time, he was only 19 years old and won the horizontal bar, floor exercise, vault, pommel horse, ring and all-around six championships in one fell swoop, creating a myth in the history of world gymnastics. At the Los Angeles Olympics two years later, Li Ning shocked the world again. He won a total of 6 medals including 3 golds, becoming the athlete with the most medals in that Olympics.
The support is turned back after the warp and hangs forward to form a support (Li Ning is hanging). Network video screenshot
In the following years, Li Ning has continued to peak. Until his retirement, Li Ning has won 14 world championships and 106 gold medals.
In the year when Li Ning retired, Li Jing won the Parallel Bars Championship at the World Championships and Li Chunyang won the Single Carry Championship. What is even more surprising is that Li Xiaoshuang, the second representative of "Li Jiajun", ushered in a full-blown outbreak shortly afterwards.
At the Barcelona Olympics, Li Xiaoshuang perfectly performed the action called "Goldbach's Conjecture in Gymnastics"-three-week backflip. Since then, the world will remember this young Eastern face.
Later in the 1995 World Gymnastics Championships, Li Xiaoshuang became the first Chinese to ascend the throne of the "Almighty King". The following year, Li Xiaoshuang won the first Olympic men's individual all-around gold medal in Chinese history with a set of impeccable horizontal bar moves against Nemov, known as the "gymnastic czar". Like Li Ning, Li Xiaoshuang's peak period is also a highlight in the history of Chinese gymnastics.
Data map: On July 31, 1992, the Chinese team won the silver medal in the men's gymnastics team at the Barcelona Olympic Games. The picture shows Li Xiaoshuang participating in the pommel horse competition. Photo by China News Agency reporter Zhao Wei
I don't know whether it was accidental coincidence or an intentional arrangement from heaven. Li Ning and Li Xiaoshuang, the two world champions surnamed Li, both retired with a tragic color. They both left sadly because of mistakes in the Olympics. With the retirement of Li Xiaoshuang in 1997, "Li Jiajun" seemed to have no successor, but at this time, Li Xiaopeng began to make a splash in the international arena, and he continued to write the legend of "Li Jiajun".
In 1997, Li Xiaopeng made his debut in the World Championships. He cooperated with his teammates and won the men's team championship together. Li Xiaopeng's dream of a world champion was realized at the age of 16. Since then, he has been regarded as the new generation leader of the Chinese men's gymnastics team, as well as the third generation heir of the "Li Jiajun".
The team gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics was the brightest moment in Li Xiaopeng’s career. He accomplished what Li Ning and Li Xiaoshuang failed to do. Under the leadership of Li Xiaopeng, the Chinese gymnastics team won for the first time. The brightest gem in this gymnastics crown. Chinese gymnastics has thus reached a new height.
Li Xiaoshuang in the Sydney Olympic Games.
After the end of his first Olympic journey, Li Xiaopeng already has 7 world champion titles. Looking at that year, no gymnast could match him. Perhaps only Li Ning, the predecessor "Prince of Gymnastics", is the person Li Xiaopeng most wants to surpass.
In the following years, Li Xiaopeng accelerated his pace to catch up with Li Ning. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, he waited for the first time to surpass Li Ning's 14 world champions.
However, in the men's team competition, the Chinese gymnastics team encountered Waterloo collectively and only won the fifth place. In the subsequent vaulting competition, Li Xiaopeng landed and sat directly on the ground. Immediately afterwards, he moved a small step during the parallel bars game. It was this small step that made all previous efforts vanished. Li Xiaopeng ended his Olympic journey with a bronze medal.
Along with the collective defeat of the Athens Olympics, the Chinese gymnastics team was subjected to verbal criticism, and the media even dubbed them "wrestling team." In that year, Li Xiaopeng was 23 years old, his predecessor Li Ning left the game at 26, and Li Xiaoshuang retired at 24. How long Li Xiaopeng can hold on is unknown.
On the road to constantly challenge the limit, a foot injury became Li Xiaopeng's biggest obstacle. In fact, before the Athens Olympics, his foot injury had relapsed. In order to stand on the Olympic Games, Li Xiaopeng chose conservative treatment. It was not until 2006 that Li Xiaopeng underwent surgery, and the doctor took out a broken bone from his left foot.
During the postoperative recovery period, Li Xiaopeng missed the World Championships that year. Under the leadership of the new leader Yang Wei, the Chinese men's gymnastics team without Li Xiaopeng has created a brilliant record of 8 gold medals. As people gradually forgot about Li Xiaopeng, he returned from injury in the World Cup finals and tied Li Ning's record of 14 world championships with a parallel bars gold medal. At this point, Li Xiaopeng was only one step away from the miracle of surpassing his predecessors.
Li Xiaopeng in the Beijing Olympic Games.
But just a year before the Beijing Olympics, Li Xiaopeng's foot was injured again in training. Injuries, like a recurring curse shrouded his head. But unlike the Athens Olympics, this time Li Xiaopeng fought a beautiful turnaround.
At the Beijing Olympics, the two leading figures of "Li Jiajun" jointly completed a feat in the history of Chinese gymnastics.
Data map: The summer of 2008 was a day when every Chinese was impressed. At 8 pm on August 8, the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games was officially held in the "Bird's Nest". "Prince of Gymnastics" Li Ning was hoisted up high in the sky with steel wire, and after a one-week "air walk", he lit the main torch shaped like "xiangyun"
Nearly 20 years after retiring, Li Ning, who has worked hard in the mall, lit the main torch of the Beijing Olympics; and Li Xiaopeng led the Chinese men's gymnastics team to stand on top of the world again. In the individual competition, Li Xiaopeng won the parallel bars again.
The Beijing Olympics witnessed the creation of new myths by "Li Jiajun".
Compared to his predecessors, Li Xiaopeng's career is undoubtedly a complete one. His new record of 16 world championships has become a monument unsurpassed in the history of Chinese gymnastics. Strangely speaking, after Li Xiaopeng retired, the Chinese men’s gymnastics team has never seen a world champion named Li.
From the 1980s to the new century, "Li Jiajun" created the most glorious period of Chinese gymnastics. Of course, Chinese gymnastics grew out of nothing, and then stepped to the top of the world. In addition to the contribution of "Li Jiajun", there are also countless gymnasts who have worked hard.
In recent years, Chinese gymnastics has once again entered a trough. Rio did not win a gold in the Olympics, setting the worst record in all previous Olympics. Last year, the World Championships ended with 3 silvers and 2 bronzes. For the first time in 26 years, they returned without gold at the World Championships.
Fortunately, Chinese gymnastics has never lacked the story of breaking out of the haze and reshaping its glory. The brilliance of "Li Jiajun" is still vivid in my eyes, and this also inspires future generations to climb higher mountains. (Finish)