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Chinese Announce Women's Olympic Team for Beijing
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Following Wednesday's announcement of its men's Olympic team, China announced today the much-anticipated roster of the six women selected for the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.

Cheng Fei, the five-time world champion and team captain, will lead a team consisting of all-around standouts Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan and Deng Linlin, uneven bars specialist He Kexin and balance beam specialist Li Shanshan.

Jiang Yuyuan

Cheng is the only returning Olympian (fourth on floor exercise at the 2004 Athens Games) and the sole member of China's 2006 world champion team represented. Yang, Jiang and Li all made their international debut at the 2007 World Championships, where China finished second behind the United States. Jiang won the all-around title at the "Good Luck Beijing" Olympic test event held last fall.

He and Deng burst onto the international scene earlier this year on the World Cup circuit. He outscored the field on uneven bars at every World Cup event she entered and Deng clinched gold on balance beam in Doha in March and golds on beam and floor in Moscow in May.

Cheng and Yang are coached by Chinese women's head coach Lu Shanzhen and Liu Qunlin, the duo behind the Olympic success of Liu Xuan (2000 Olympic beam champion and 1996 Olympian), Yang Yun (2000 Olympic bronze medalist), Kui Yuanyuan (2000 Olympic bronze medalist and 1996 Olympian) and Zhang Nan (2004 Olympic all-around bronze medalist).

Jiang and Deng are under the tutelage of coaches Xiong Jingbin, who guided Lu Li to her Olympic title on uneven bars in 1992, and Zhang Xia, who was a member of the 1992 women's Olympic team.

He and Li are the pupils of Liu Guicheng and He Hua; Liu had previously coached star Mo Huilan and Ling Jie to silver medal finishes at the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Games, respectively, and the Liu-He coaching duo also produced world champions and 2004 Olympians Fan Ye and Li Ya.

With the Olympics held conveniently at home in Beijing this time, the Chinese delegation is reserved in adding that the six-gymnast roster could still be amended until 24 hours before start of the qualifying competition.

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