Photos by Silvia Vatteroni


This week, the gymnastics community has sent their final goodbye to fan favorite Huang Huidan and Bai Yawen.

The Chinese gymnasts have previously confirmed that they will be retiring after the National Games which are currently being held in Tianjin.

Huang Huidan, who competes for Zhejiang, contributed a 13.5 on uneven bars and a 12.033 on balance beam towards the team's fifth place finish in the team final. She did not advance to any individual final.






Hunag Huidan turned senior in 2012 but did not make the London Olympic team. She is best know for winning the gold medal on the uneven bars at 2013 World championships and the silver medal on the same event at the 2014 World championships.

Injuries forced her out of the 2015 Worlds and she was unable to regain her top form since then. Hence, she had to miss second Olympics in a row.

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Bai Yawen competed on vault, balance beam and floor exercise, scoring 11.967, 12.433 and 12.067 respectively.





Yawen turned senior in 2014. She is the 2014 World silver medalist on balance beam. Yawen has struggled with inconsistency during her career. She did not make the 2015 Worlds or the 2016 Olympics.

2014 World bars champion and 2012 Olympic finalist Yao Jinnan has also announced her retirement via Wiebo.

Olympic bronze medalist and two time World silver medalist Tan Jiaxin and 2014 World silver medalist Xie Yufen have also previously confirmed they will retire after the Games.

Retiring after the Chinese National Games has been a tradition among Chinese gymnasts. Olympic champions He Kexin and Deng Linlin announced their retirement after the 2013 National Games.

Written by Gigi Farid

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