Chloe Noelle Magee (born 29 November 1988) is an Irish professional badminton player. She represented her country at the Olympic Games for three consecutive times in 2008 Beijing, 2012 London, and 2016 Rio de Janeiro. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, she became the first Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics. She has been described as "the poster girl for Irish badminton". Together with her brother Sam Magee, she clinched a bronze medal at the 2017 European Championships, became Ireland's first medal at the European Badminton Championship. The duo also captured the bronze medals at the 2015 and 2019 European Games.
|Birth name||Chloe Noelle Magee|
|Born||29 November 1988|
Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (132 lb)|
|Women's singles & doubles|
|Tournaments played||2008 Summer Olympics |
2012 Summer Olympics
2016 Summer Olympics
|Highest ranking||32 (WS 22 May 2014)|
59 (WD 21 January 2010)
21 (XD 6 August 2015)
|Current ranking||35 (XD 9 July 2019)|
In 2007, Magee won the women's doubles title at the Irish International Championships in Lisburn. Competing alongside Bing Huang, the pair beat second seeds Eva Lee and Mesinee Mangkalakiri of the United States 21–15, 9–21, 21–11 in the final.
2008 Summer OlympicsEdit
Magee competed for Ireland at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China at the age of 19. She became the first ever Irish woman to win a badminton match at the Olympics, beating Estonian Kati Tolmoff by a score of 18–21, 21–18, 21–19 in the first round of the women's singles. She was eliminated after losing her second round match 12–21, 14–21 to world number eleven Jun Jae-youn of South Korea. "I have loads to improve on and I will take away a lot from this," Magee said after the match.
2012 Summer OlympicsEdit
Magee, ranked 44th in the world, qualified for the women's singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the 26 ranked player on the list of participants. She was one of two Irish badminton players at the Games; Scott Evans competed in the men's singles. Magee and her brother Sam, ranked 40th in the world as a pairing, were third reserves for the mixed doubles event.
In July 2012, Magee reached the final of the White Nights pre-Olympic tournament held in Russia. She beat Slovakian Monika Fasungova, 21–17, 20–22, 21–5, in the quarter-finals and Russia's Romina Gabdullina, 21–15, 17–21, 21–15, in the semi-finals but finished runner-up after losing to Poland's Kamila Augustyn, 21–19, 14–21, 14–21, despite having a 10–6 lead in the final set.
Bill O'Herlihy sparked controversy while covering Chloe Magee's progress at the 2012 Summer Olympics by suggesting badminton was “a mainly Protestant sport”. RTÉ confirmed it received complaints about O'Herlihy's sectarian remarks on live television. The remarks prompted Magee to inform Highland Radio: "We need to remember what the Olympics is all about. I don't think it is any different from any other sport. There are people here from all over the world and from many different religions."
She lost 16-21, 21-18, 21-14, to Hongyan Pi and exited the 2012 Summer Olympics.
In December 2012, Magee reached the final of the Turkish Open.
2016 Summer OlympicsEdit
|2019||Falcon Club, Minsk, Belarus||Sam Magee|| Chris Adcock
|2015||Baku Sports Hall, Baku, Azerbaijan||Sam Magee|| Gaetan Mittelheisser
|2017||Sydbank Arena, Kolding, Denmark||Sam Magee|| Joachim Fischer Nielsen
BWF Grand PrixEdit
|2008||U.S. Open||Lili Zhou||21–23, 16–21||Runner-up|
|2014||Brasil Open||Sam Magee|| Max Schwenger
|11–10, 11–10, 10–11, 8–11, 7–11||Runner-up|
BWF International Challenge/SeriesEdit
|2014||Hellas International||Linda Zechiri||13–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2012||Turkey International||Sashina Vignes Waran||21–18, 23–21||Winner|
|2012||Irish International||Line Kjaersfeldt||21–23, 21–18, 18–21||Runner-up|
|2012||White Nights||Kamila Augustyn||21–19, 14–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2011||Norwegian International||Linda Zetchiri||19–21, 14–21||Runner-up|
|2011||Lithuanian International||Ragna Ingolfsdottir||21–11, 23–21||Winner|
|2010||Bulgarian International||Petya Nedelcheva||17–21, 13–21||Runner-up|
|2010||Dutch International||Karina Jørgensen||22–20, 14–21, 12–21||Runner-up|
|2008||Slovak Open||Bing Huang|| Anna Narel
|2007||Irish International||Bing Huang|| Mesinee Mangkalakiri
|21–15, 9–21, 21–11||Winner|
|2007||Welsh International||Bing Huang|| Sarah Walker
|2007||North Shore City International||Bing Huang|| Catherine Moody
Nguyen Nhung Le Ngoc
|21–15, 16–21, 21–15||Winner|
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