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Donghua Li

Full name: Donghua Li
Original name: 东华 李
Gender: Male
Height: 5-3.5 (162 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: November 10, 1966 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Affiliations: BTV Luzern, Luzern (SUI)
Country: SUI Switzerland
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In 1988, Chinese gymnast Li Donghua was training for the Seoul Olympics. During a training session, he tumbled off the bars, and injured his neck. This meant he was out of the Chinese team, and no Olympics. Still, his year ended pretty well. He met a Swiss tourist in Beijing, Esperanza Friedli. They married that same year and Li moved to Switzerland in 1989. He filed for a Swiss passport, but this required him to live in Switzerland for five years. In the meantime, the Chinese wouldn't let him compete for China. After numerous Swiss national titles, he could finally enter an international event in 1994. At that year's World Championships, he finished third in his favorite event, the pommel horse. He improved the following year and won the world title in the same event at the Worlds in Sabae, Japan. At the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta, he finally made his Olympic debut. At age 29, he was considered "old" for a gymnast. Neveretheless, he won Switzerland's first gymnastics medal since 1952.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around Switzerland SUI 48T QR
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Men's Floor Exercise Switzerland SUI 76 QR
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault Switzerland SUI 83 QR
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars Switzerland SUI 68T QR
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar Switzerland SUI 67 QR
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Men's Rings Switzerland SUI 92 QR
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse Switzerland SUI 1 Gold

Men's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final Standings 48T QR
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Qualifying 48T 110.212 55.575 54.637
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Qualifying Floor Exercise 76 18.300 9.275 9.025
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Qualifying Horse Vault 83 18.425 9.475 8.950
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Qualifying Parallel Bars 68T 18.350 9.400 8.950
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Qualifying Horizontal Bar 67 18.375 9.225 9.150
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Qualifying Rings 92 17.275 8.525 8.750
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Qualifying Pommelled Horse 3 QU 19.487 9.675 9.812

Men's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final Standings 76 QR

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final Standings 83 QR

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final Standings 68T QR

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final Standings 67 QR

Men's Rings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final Standings 92 QR

Men's Pommelled Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final Standings 1 9.875
1996 Summer 29 Atlanta Gymnastics Switzerland Final 1 9.875
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