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FIVB VOLLEYBALL WORLD GRAND PRIX
MEDIA GUIDE 2013
Following disappointing results in recent years, China
appointed former international star and USA coach
Jenny” Lang Ping to lead one of women’s volleyball’s
most successful countries into a new era. Immediately, Ping
recruited youth to be a part of the team which is focused on
building towards Rio 2016 however, as a sign on her strong
standing in the game at home, many of the key members
of the Olympic team have stayed on in the squad.Although
the players have shuffled their shirt numbers, only captain
Qiuyue Wei is absent from the London 2012 line up with
China’s most valuable and experienced player in recent
years Yimei Wang still there alongside Ruoqi Hui, Junjing
Yang,Yunwen Ma, Lei Zhang and Xian Zhang.
Historically China have been one of the best teams in
the world with gold at the 1981 World Cup, 1982 World
Champs, 1984 Olympics, 1985 World Cup and 1986 World
Champs, becoming the world’s first team to win the major
annual tournament for five consecutive years. However,
since then China’s only success has come in the way of gold
at the 2003World Cup and 2004 Olympics. Since then, the
road has been a bumpy one with WGP bronze in 2005
and silver in 2007 followed by an Olympic bronze medal
on home soil in 2008 accompanied by some inconsistent
performances. More recently, with the world No. 5 heavily
dependent on the scoring exploits of master attackerWang,
they won the Asian Champions Cup and Asian Games in
2010
but finished 10
th
at the World Champs. A number
of new players helped China book a place at the 2012
COACH
Lang Ping won gold with China
at the 1984 Olympics, the 1982
World Champs and the World Cup
in 1981 and 1985. She was one of
China’s ‘Top 10 Athletes of the Year’
from 1981-1986 and amongst the
World Top 10 Athletes of the Year’
in 1985. In 1995, she became coach of China’s national
team, guiding them to silver at the 1996 Olympics and
1998
World Champs. In 1999, she took a coaching
position in Italy, winning the League Championship and
the ‘Coach of the Year’ award multiple times. She became
coach of the US team in 2005, leading them to silver at
the 2008 Olympics and later that year became coach
in Turkey’s volleyball league. In 2009, she took over as
coach of China’s Guangdong Evergrande that won the
League Championship in 2011-12 season, and the Asian
Women’s Club Champs in 2013. In April 2013, Lang was
named coach of China’s national team.
CHINA
FIVB
WORLD
RANKING
5
LAST RESULT
BEST RESULT
1
st
2003
1 4 3 8
5
th
2012
Week 1
D
Week 2
I
Week 3
N
POOLS
OG by taking bronze at the 2011 World Cup. Last year
China finished fifth at the WGP, and the London OG after
losing to Japan for the first time in 11 years at FIVB level
in the quarterfinals. They finished the China Intl Women’s
Volleyball Tournament in May unbeaten against Cuba,
Thailand and Puerto Rico before a second-string Chinese
side finished sixth in Montreux in June.