Chinese Women's Gymnastics Team: How Huang Qiushuang Will Lead the Team to Gold

Amit BatraCorrespondent IIIJuly 30, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Qiushuang Huang of China competes on the vault in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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After winning gold in Beijing in 2008, the Chinese women's gymnastics team hopes to repeat this year in London. 

China has one of the top gymnastic programs in the world. The team consists of Deng Linlin, He Kexin, Huang Qiushuang, Sui Lu and Yao Jinnan. 

Linlin's specialty serves on the balance beam. She helped the team win gold back in 2008 at Beijing. She's also won gold three times at the world championships. In 2009, Linlin was the World Champion and received the same honor in the balance beam in 2012.

Kexin's specialty serves on the uneven bars. She was also a part of the 2008 gold medal team. Kexin has won a gold medal on the uneven bars in the past. 

Along with that gold medal, Kexin has won two world cup gold medals in uneven bars in 2008. Unfortunately for her, controversy over her age overshadowed her performances. 

Qiushuang won a gold medal at the Japan Cup in 2009, one individually and one with her team. At the 2010 Doha World Cup, Qiushuang won gold once again and silver on the floor. She's a very experienced athlete with uneven bars, through medals in gold, silver and bronze.

Qiushuang will be the leader of this group through her progress over the last three years. She knows what it takes to win against the strong competition that the U.S. and and Russia will provide. She's simply an all-around specialist.

Lu is a new member of this team as she didn't qualify for the 2008 Beijing team. Her specialties consist of the balance beam and floor. She's won a pair of bronze medals in 2009 and 2010. At the 2010 Asian Games, Lu won four medals for team, floor, all-around and beam.

Jinnan is the youngest of the group. She joined the Chinese national team in 2010. At the Doha World Cup in 2010, Jinnan won gold on the floor and bronze on the uneven bars. She also helped the Chinese team win bronze at the 2011 World Championships.

To say this is a very talented, experienced group is a bit of an understatement. This team is full of winners and medalists. The Chinese team should be the favorite for gold once again.