GAO Grace < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Canada   
Gender Women
Born 17 Oct 1989
Height1.68 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Calgary, AB, CAN
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, Mandarin
Higher education Biology - University of Calgary: Canada
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age 10 at Shichahai Sports School in Beijing, China.
Why this sport? She started the sport for fun, but took it more seriously after she moved to Canada.
Club / Team Calgary Winter Club: Canada
Name of coach Kim Dong-Moon
Coach from which country? Korea
Training Regime She trains up to six hours a day.
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for Canada
General Interest
Nicknames G.G., G-squared (olympic.ca, 20 May 2012)
Hobbies Spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to music, holidaying in Thailand, watching Asian movies. (badminton.ca, 17 Mar 2012; vancourier.com, 29 May 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious. (vancourier.com, 29 May 2012)
Awards and honours She won Badminton Canada's Most Valuable Player Award in 2007, 2009 and 2012. (vancourier.com, 29 May 2012)
Ambitions To become one of the top 16 players in the world. (badminton.ca, 17 Mar 2012)
Other information FROM CHINA TO CANADA
Her family moved from China to Canada when she was 14 years old. (torontosun.com, 17 Oct 2011)

STUDY BREAK
She has put her university studies on hold for two years so that she could focus on qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (news.xinhuanet.com, 20 May 2012)