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Li Yan

Full name: Li Yan
Original name: 李 琰
Gender: Female
Born: September 8, 1968 in Baoquanling, Heilongjiang, China
Country: CHN China
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Wife of Tang Guoliang.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Li's most successful year as an active skater was in 1992. At the World Championships, she claimed wins in the 500 m and 1,000 m, as well as second place in the overall classification. In addition, she won silver at the Albertville Olympics, where short track speed skating first had official medal status. In the 500 m, she only narrowly failed to catch Cathy Turner in the home stretch, losing by just 0.04 seconds. Four years earlier, when short track was a demonstration sport, she earned two third places in the 500 and 1,500 m. Several years after Li's retirement, she was invited to coach the national team of Slovakia. Successful qualification for the 2002 Olympics earned her a coaching stint for the US national team. Her good performances led to her appointment as national team coach for China. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, the Chinese women swept the gold medals in all four event, a first. Li is married to Tang Guoliang, who represented China at the 1992 Winter Olympics in biathlon.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Women's 500 metres China CHN 2 Silver
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Relay China CHN 8

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating China Final Standings 2
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating China Final Round A Final 2 47.08
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating China Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 48.33 3
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating China Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 48.33 5
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating China Round One Heat Four 1 Q 48.33 5

Women's 3,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating China CHN Final Standings 8
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating China CHN Semi-Finals Heat Two AC
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