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)
Most influential person in career
Coach Yu Jie. (we.sportscn.com, 02 Aug 2012)
Injuries
He sustained an injury to his waist area during the 2019 World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand. (sports.sina.com.cn, 24 Sep 2019)

He was forced to withdraw from the 2019 Asian Championships in Ningbo, People's Republic of China, due to an injury he sustained in training. (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, claiming bronze in the women's 63kg clean and jerk competition at the 2009 World Championships in Goyang, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jul 2018; cctv.com, 26 Nov 2011)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sports.people.com.cn, 09 Mar 2018; cwa.org.cn, 08 Aug 2019; sohu.com, 30 May 2020)
Other information
BUSINESS
In 2018 he launched a business selling his own line of barbells. (barbend.com, 22 Oct 2018)

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