He Kexin

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Shortly before the 2008 Olympics He Kexin emerged as the surprise breakout star of the Chinese program. Over the course of her career He Kexin competed in two Olympics for China (2008 & 2012). She is one of the few gymnasts to have won an uneven bars title at both the Olympics and the World Championships.

Outside of the gymnastics community, He Kexin is best known for being at the center of the 2008 Chinese age falsification scandal. Even though questions had been raised over multiple Chinese gymnasts, the bulk of the attention had been paid to He Kexin. Competition officials did not confirm the allegations regarding He Kexin and she continues to be listed under the 1992 birth year that made her eligible to compete in 2008.

But He Kexin’s association with an age falsification scandal would ultimately be her Olympic legacy for non-gymnastics fans. Sites such as Wikipedia and the OlyMadMen database spend as much attention to the age falsification scandal as her actual athletic accomplishments. The gymnastics community feels differently opting to remember He Kexin for the legendary gymnast that she was and regardless of her age, it did nothing to change the fact that she was someone of renowned talent and one of the finest gymnasts the Chinese program has ever produced.

Olympics & World Championships:


Olympics: 2nd-UB

World Championships: 3rd-Team

Asian Games: 1st-UB, 1st-Team
Chinese Championships: 1st-UB
World Championships: 7th-UB, 3rd Team

World Championships: 1st-UB

World Cup (Cottbus): 1st-UB
World Cup (Doha): 1st-UB
Olympics: 1st-UB, 1st-Team
World Cup (Madrid): 1st-UB


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Results are taken from Score for Score, The Gymternet, GymnasticGreats, My Meet Scores, Gymn-Forum, the official websites of various national gymnastics federations, newspaper clippings, classic gymnastics magazines, and in some cases, were provided by the gymnasts themselves. An explanation for the meaning of these undefined symbols can be found here.

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