Liu Xuan (gymnast) bigraphy, stories - Gymnast

Liu Xuan (gymnast) : biography

March 12, 1979 -

Liu Xuan ( born March 12, 1979 in Changsha, Hunan) is a Chinese Gymnast. She was coached by Guo Xinming and Zhang Zhen.

Liu said she took up gymnastics with encouragement from her mom, who had to cease gymnastics training during her younger years because of the closure of the gym during the Cultural Revolution. In fact, Liu's decision to continue for another 4 years after a disappointing 1996 Atlanta Olympics (where she failed to make beam finals due to a fall in the team optionals) was partly to realize her mom's unfulfilled dream.

Liu was the first female gymnast to perform a one-arm giant swing on the uneven bars which is named after her in the Gymnastic's Code of Points; she also performed this skill into a Geinger release move. However, this skill was considered too risky for women gymnasts, and hence was given a ridiculously low "B" difficulty rating so as to discourage female gymnasts from learning it. As a result, Liu herself also stopped performing it after the 1996 Olympics.

Liu was also strong on balance beam, but weak on vault and floor exercise.

In 2000, she was China's first Olympic Champion on balance beam as well as China's first All Around Medalist. At the 2000 Olympics Liu Xuan also led her team to a bronze medal, but the medal was stripped by the IOC in 2010 after one of the Chinese team members, Dong Fangxiao, was found to be underage during the competition. In March 2012, the 1999 World Team bronze medal previously won by the Chinese was forfeited to Ukraine in light of the same information. China Hands Bronze from 1999 Worlds to Ukraine

As of June 2005 she was filming a movie.

At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Liu served as the on-site gymnastics reporter for Hong Kong broadcaster TVB.

In the July 2009, she became one of the management contract actress for TVB.


  • 2000 Olympics: 3rd Team*DISQUALIFIED, 3rd All Around, 1st Balance Beam
  • 1998 Asian Games: 1st team, 1st all-around, 1st beam
  • 1998 World Cup: 1st beam, 3rd bars
  • 1997 World Championships: 3rd team, 7th all-around
  • 1996 Olympics: 4th team
  • 1996 World Championships: 3rd beam, 9th bars
  • 1995 World Championships: 2nd team
  • 1995 USA/CHN/BLR: 3rd team, 8th all-around
  • 1994 DTB Cup: 1st beam, 5th bars, 8th floor
  • 1994 Asian Games: 1st team, 2nd bars
  • 1994 Team World Championships: 4th


Feature Films

Year Title Role Co-stars
2002 Far From Home Xi mei Xu Jinglei, Daniel Chan, Cui Lin
2010 East Wind Rain
2012 On My Way

TV series

Year Title Network Role Notes
2002 My Father and I Mainland Gao Wenjun
2003 Ultimate Target Mainland Liu Jingyi
2004 Phantom Lover Mainland Tian Fei
2011 Grace Under Fire TVB Mok Kwai-lan Nominated — TVB Anniversary Award for My Favourite Female Character (Top 15)
2012 Strangers 6

TV Shows

Year Title Network Role
2005 Light Blue, Dark Blue Mainland Guest
2006 Wulin Dahui Mainland Guest
2007 Mingsheng Dazhen Mainland Guest
2010 Go! EXPO TVB Co-host; 10 episodes


Year Album information
2008 Sweet on the Heart 甜上心頭
2009 Ready...Go! 出發2.I Wish for You
2011 Return Sight 回見
18 February 2011 Beautiful Faces01. Roman Sunshine 羅馬陽光02. You are the only one I loved 愛上你就是唯一03. Past Events Editing 往事剪接手0. Cry for You05. Waves from Heart 心浪06. 麻07.Beautiful Faces 美麗的樣子08.Prove 証明09.Uncatchable Love 抓不住的愛情10. Happy Day

Eponymous Skills

Apparatus Code Name Description Difficulty
Uneven bars 3.201 Liu Xuan Giant circle backward to handstand on one arm.FIG Code of Points 2009-2012, page 73. B
Living octopus

Living octopus

In countries which are located near sea coasts, sea food is an important part of national cuisine