Lin Dan

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Lin Dan, Chinese badminton player.

Lin Dan (林丹) is a top player of the Chinese national badminton team. He won the men's singles title at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He is considered to be the greatest badminton player of all time.

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Career

Born on Oct. 14, 1983 in Longyan, Fujian Province, Lin chose to start playing badminton at the age of 5.

He entered the Fujian Sports School at the age of 9 and joined the Fuzhou Bayi Sports Team (at a military sports school) at the age of 12.

He became part of China's national badminton team at the age of 18. In August 2002, Lin ranked first on the International Badminton Federation (IBF) list.

In 2008, he won the men's singles Olympic title during the Beijing Olympic Games.

Since starting his professional career in 2001, Lin has won an impressive total of 66 championship titles. His trophies include five national titles, seven intercontinental ones, 39 Badminton World Federation (BWF) Open titles, and 15 world titles.

Because of this top seeded shuttler's numerous championship titles, Lin earned himself the nickname "Super Dan".

On Jan. 11, 2014, Lin won the Best Male Athletes of the Year separately at China's Central Television (CCTV) Sports Awards.

On June 15, 2015, Lin was banned from the playoff of China Badminton Super League again due to the sponsor conflict.

Lin Dan was signed on loan by Qingdao Hezhan Renzhou Badminton Club only for the playoff after the league this year with the top standard of 1.5 million yuan (about 245,000 U.S. dollar) since June 3, 2015.

However, "Super Dan" was informed that he could not participate in the playoff due to the conflict between the sponsor of Lin and the league on June 13 before the first match of the semifinal.

The commercial conflict was mainly due to the brand on the clothes. General method to tackle the problem was to cover the brand on the clothes but the relevant parties of the League did not reach an agreement.

On Oct. 16, Lin left Bayi Badminton Club, putting an end to his 20-year military life.

Fashion

Lin Dan has a distinctive sense of fashion.

Standing at 178 cm and weighing in at 72 kg, Lin has a unique and distinctive sense of fashion. He teamed up with designers to create his own line of LD sportswear and often holds media conferences to promote the collections to a wider audience.

Family

Lin Dan and his wife Xie Xingfang.

His wife Xie Xingfang is also a former player on China's national badminton team and two-time world badminton champion. She retired as a professional athlete in November 2009.

On Sept. 23, 2012, Lin Dan and Xie Xingfang held their wedding ceremony in Beijing. They were seen by many as the golden couple of China's badminton world.

On Nov. 4, 2016, Lin's wife gave birth to a baby boy.

On Nov. 17, a showbiz blogger "Detective Zhao Wu'er" exposed several photos of Lin and a mysterious woman that purportedly show Lin having an affair while his wife was pregnant. Lin apologized to his family on the day later, saying "As a man, I won't make an excuse for myself. But my behavior hurt my family, so here I am to apologize to my family, I'm sorry" in a short statement on his microblog account.


Titles

Junior championships:

In 2000, Lin won the Men's Team and Men's Singles during the Asian Youth Championships.

In 2000, he won the Men's Singles during the World Youth Championships.

In 2001, he won the Men's Singles during the Holland Youth Open.

In 2001, he won the Men's Singles during the German Youth Open.

Men's championships:

In 2004, Lin was the National Team's top player at the 23rd Thomas Cup.

In 2005, he was the National Team's top player at the 9th Sudirman Cup.

In 2005, he won the Men's Singles title at the Yiyang World Cup.

In 2006, he was the National Team's top player at the 24th Thomas Cup.

In 2006, he won the Men's Singles title at the Spanish Badminton World Championships.

In 2006 he won the Men's Singles title at the Yiyang World Cup.

In 2007, he was the National Team's top player at the 10th Sudirman Cup.

In 2007, he won the Men's Singles title at the Malaysian Badminton World Championships.

In 2008, he was the National Team's top player at the 25th Thomas Cup.

In 2008, he won the Men's Singles title at the Beijing Olympic Games.

In 2009, he was the National Team's top player at the 11th Sudirman Cup.

In 2009, he won the Men's Singles title at the Indian Badminton World Championships.

In 2010, he was the National Team's top player at the 26th Thomas Cup.

In 2011, he was the National Team's top player at the 12th Sudirman Cup.

In 2011, he won the Men's Singles title at the British World Championships.

In 2012, he was the National Team's top player at the 27th Thomas Cup.

In 2012, he won the Men's Singles title at the London Olympic Games.

on August 11, Lin Dan claimed the title at the 2013 BWF World Championships in Guangzhou, China.

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