Lori FUNG

Canada CAN

Rhythmic Gymnastics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    1
  • First Olympic Games
    Los Angeles 1984
  • Year of Birth
    1963
Olympic Results

Biography

Lori FUNG

Canada’s Lori Fung took her place in Olympic history when she became rhythmic gymnastics’ first ever gold medallist at Los Angeles 1984.

The pursuit of success

Born in Vancouver, Lori Fung took up rhythmic gymnastics in the 1970s, when it was still a relatively unknown sport. Embarking on a single-minded pursuit of success, she trained with the ribbon, hoops, ball and clubs for up to six hours a day and in 1982 became Canadian champion, at the age of 19. It was around that time that the sport was added to the Olympic programme, giving Fung an extra incentive to push herself even harder.

“The training was difficult,” she recalls, discussing her punishing daily schedule. “There were days when it wasn’t always fun. Everybody sees the final picture. They see the glory of the competition and everything all put into place, but prior to that there were many tears, there were many days where I just didn’t know if I could take one more step… I had wonderful support from coaches and family, giving me that incentive to keep on going. I developed an almost stubborn attitude in myself: I will always do everything with 150 per cent. Not 90 per cent. Not 99 per cent. Nothing’sgood enough unless it’s over 100 per cent.”

On top in LA

With rhythmic gymnastics set to make its Olympic debut at Los Angeles 1984, Fung stepped up her preparations, continuing her school studies by correspondence as she devoted her energies to fulfilling her dream. Despite retaining her Canadian title in 1983 and 1984, she was something of an unknown on the international stage and was ranked only 23rd in the world when the LA Games came around. The outsider belied her lowly world ranking during the all-around competition – the one and only event on the Olympic programme at the time – producing a graceful and technically flawless performance that drew rapturous applause from the American crowd. The persevering Canadian’sefforts were also good enough for gold, as she edged out the favourite, Doina Staiculescu of Romania, to be crowned rhythmic gymnastics’ first Olympic champion.

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Los Angeles 1984

G
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Individual Rhythmic Gymnastics