Wang Junxia (王军霞) won a gold medal in the women's 5,000 meter race and a silver medal in the women's 10,000 meter race at the Atlanta Olympic Games on July 28, 1996, to become China's first athlete to win two medals in the track events at the same Olympic Games. Wang was dubbed the "Oriental Deer.”
Born in Jan. 19, 1973, to a farmer family in Jiaohe, Jilin Province, Wang started training for long distance running in Dalian Spare-time Sports School in 1988. She was enrolled into the Liaoning Provincial Track & Field Team in 1991 and the National Track & Field Team in 1995. Her coach was Ma Junren,
Wang stopped training after the 1996 Olympics due to injuries and worked as a business partner with a fitness equipment factory in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, for developing new sports products. She studied law at Liaoning University for a period of time before getting married in May 1997. She joined the National Team for intensified training seven months later in preparation for the 1998 Asian Games. She was accepted by Colorado State University in the U.S. in September 1998 for further studies. Currently she spends most of her time in participating in the promotion of national fitness campaigns.
In 1992, she won gold medal in 10,000m in World Youth Championships.
In 1993, she won gold medal in 10,000m in Stuttgart World Championships.
In 1993, she won gold medal in Spain World Cup Marathon.
In 1993, she won gold medals in 3,000m and 10,000m in the National Games, with both winning times setting new world records.
In 1994, she won gold medal in 10,000m in Hiroshima Asian Games.
In 1994, she won gold medal in Beijing International Marathon.
In 1995 she won gold medals in 5,000m and 10,000m in Jakarta Asian Championships.
In 1996, she won gold medals in 5,000m and 10,000m in Atlanta Olympic Games.