Xiaojun Lyu

Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Guo Xiyan, two daughters
Residence
Beijing, CHN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1998 in Qianjiang, People's Republic of China.
Why this sport?
His sports coach at school got him involved in the sport. He had previously competed in sprinting before taking up weightlifting. "I think that background in sprinting contributes to my explosiveness on stage when I'm lifting."
Club / Team
Tianjin : China
Name of coach
Yu Jie [national], CHN
General Interest
Hobbies
Watching films. (Weibo profile, 01 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and claiming silver at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (sports.sina.com.cn, 11 Aug 2016; cq.people.com.cn, 22 Apr 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Yu Jie. (we.sportscn.com, 02 Aug 2012)
Injuries
He was injured during training before the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships in Ningbo, People's Republic of China and had to withdraw from the competition. (sports.sina.com.cn, 23 Apr 2019)

He suffered shoulder and back injuries in 2005. (2012.qq.com, 02 Aug 2012)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He believes the singlet he wore at the 2012 Olympic Games in London brings him luck. (olympic.org, 02 May 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2017 he was presented with the Sports Medal of Honour by the General Administration of Sport of China. (sport.gov.cn, 04 Jan 2017; sports.enorth.com.cn, 30 Jan 2015)

In 2012 he was named one of the Ten Outstanding Youth Athletes of Hubei in the People's Republic of China. (2012.163.com, 09 Aug 2012)

In 2011 he was named an Elite Athlete of International Class by the General Administration of Sport of China. (51wf.com, 27 Apr 2011)

In 2009 he was named Male Weightlifter of the Year by World Weightlifting Magazine. (qbaobei.com, 30 Jul 2012)
Famous relatives
His wife Guo Xiyan has represented the People's Republic of China in weightlifting, placing fifth in the 63kg category at the 2009 World Championships in Goyang, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jul 2018; cctv.com, 26 Nov 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports.people.com.cn, 09 Mar 2018; cwa.org.cn, 08 Aug 2019)
Other information
BUSINESS
In 2018 he launched a business selling his own line of barbells. (barbend.com, 22 Oct 2018)

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