The Chinese women’s gymnastics team took gold four years ago, but it failed to medal in the event during the 2012 Olympics. Still, there are a few Chinese gymnasts who will put on spectacular performances in the individual events.
China watched the United States take gold and was beaten out by Romania for the bronze medal in London. But the gymnasts must put their disappointments in the past, as there are three more events in which they will need represent their country.
No Chinese gymnast qualified in the vault or the floor, but they will have an athlete competing for a medal in the uneven bars, the balance beam and the all-around.
Here are the three gymnasts to watch for in these events.
Sui has the potential to dominate the balance beam competition.
The 20-year-old earned the best score in the qualification round and won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships.
This was the only individual final that she qualified for, and all her focus will be entirely devoted to the beam.
She has skill, talent and motivation, and it will be surprising to see her walk away with anything less than gold.
Which Chinese gymnast has the best chance to win gold?
Deng is the Chinese’s best hope for a gold medal in the individual all-around competition.
She finished sixth in the qualification round and also took fourth in the beam.
Deng will face an extremely competitive field, and she will have the weight of a proud gymnastics program upon her for the all-around competition.
With those expectations, she will either buckle under the pressure or be propelled to an epic performance.
He will be a major threat to win the gold medal in the uneven bars.
She is the reigning gold medalist after besting the competition in the event at the Beijing games. In London, He finished second in qualifying.
She was the subject of an age controversy during the 2008 Olympics, but four years later, she has been able to avoid all the negative press.
This will allow her talent to truly flourish, and she looks set for a spectacular performance on the bars.