The Legends’ Vision in Jakarta - Player Introduction: Lin Dan

Lin Dan is a truly aspirational athlete and YONEX is proud to support and assist with him reaching his goal of a 3rd Olympic medal in Rio 2016. Winning the Olympic Gold Medal at his home games in Beijing 2008, then retaining the title in London 2012, would be a crowning glory for most athletes but this merely highlights the sheer quality and relentless winning mentality shown by Lin Dan throughout his career.

Lin Dan is arguably the best player badminton has ever seen and his 57 career honours justify the statement. Since he joined the Chinese National Badminton team in 2001 aged just 18, Lin Dan quickly went from strength to strength and did not have to wait long to rise to the coveted world number 1 ranking in 2004.

The 5 time world champion also boasts 2 World Cup titles, 5 Thomas Cup titles, 5 Sudirman Cup titles, 4 Asian games medals in team and singles and 4 Asian Championship winner medals. To top this off add 5 YONEX All England winners medals on this staggering honours list. On retaining the Olympic singles title in 2012 Lin Dan carved himself into Olympic folklore by being the only player to accomplish this.

The only player to ever complete the super grand slam Lin Dan is a true legend, combining his flamboyant personality with a fearsome mental strength and awesome athleticism to become the complete badminton player. His signature jump smash demonstrates pure power and the more subtle clip smash is equally devastating.

With the 2016 Olympics fast approaching, Lin Dan’s vision of retaining the Gold medal and inspiring younger generations is taking shape. Lin Dan in fact approached YONEX with his vision to transform badminton into a major global sport; stating, “I dream of joining up with Lee Chong Wei, Taufik Hidayat and Peter Gade to transform badminton into a major global sport. I think YONEX is the only company that can help us realize this dream. After all, YONEX is the No. 1 brand in the world for badminton.”

YONEX is proud to continue its close partnership with Lin Dan and assist in delivering this vision, to bestow the younger generation with big dreams through his inspiring achievements. With an honours list the envy of all, Lin Dan’s legacy will live on for generations to come.

Through the Legend’s Vision, Lee Chong Wei, Lin Dan, Taufik Hidayat and Peter Gade have collaborated with YONEX to further enrich the world through sport, providing happier and healthier lifestyles in today’s aspiring badminton stars.