Li Shanshan

Li Shanshan (Chinese: 李珊珊; pinyin: Lǐ Shānshān; born February 22, 1992 in Huangshi, Hubei) is a Chinese gymnast who is especially strong on balance beam. She was a member of the Chinese silver medal-winning team at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, where she also medalled on the balance beam. Li Shanshan managed to win the silver medal in the beam event despite falling during a full spin, incurring an automatic 0.8 deduction, because her start value (A-score) was a very high 7.3, much higher than the A-Score of the eventual winner, Nastia Liukin, whose had a difficulty value of 6.6.

In 2008, she was a member of the Chinese Olympic team and won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She also qualified first into the balance beam event final. However, in the event final, she fell on a full-twisting Korbut flip and came eventually 6th, scoring 15.300. Her last 2008 competition was the 14th Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Madrid, Spain where she won a bronze medal on balance beam, with a score of 15.150.

She announced her retirement in December 2009 along with Xiao Sha.

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