Yang Bo (gymnast)

Yang Bo (simplified Chinese: 杨波; traditional Chinese: 楊波; pinyin: Yáng Bō; born July 8, 1973 in Ningbo, Zhejiang) is a Chinese gymnast. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts ever on the balance beam, for which she created a move known as the "Yang Bo", which is rated as a D element in the Code of Points. Although widely renowned for her work on beam, Yang often had difficulty with consistency which prevented her from medalling at several major competitions. She competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics, placing 25th in the all-around and 7th on the beam. She won the 1990 World Cup Final on Balance Beam and won the bronze medal with her team at the 1989 World Championship.

Yang Bo
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Yang Bo at the World Championships in Paris-Bercy, 1992
Personal information
Full nameYang Bo
Country represented China
Born (1973-07-08) July 8, 1973 (age 49)
Ningbo, Zhejiang
DisciplineWomen's artistic gymnastics
Eponymous skills"Yang Bo" (balance beam)
Medal record
Representing  China
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1989 Stuttgart Team
World Cup Final
Gold medal – first place 1990 Brussels Balance Beam
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1990 Beijing Team
Gold medal – first place 1990 Beijing Floor Exercise
Bronze medal – third place 1990 Beijing Balance Beam

At the 1989 World Championships in Stuttgart, Yang performed an innovative beam routine during the team and individual all-round competitions, where she placed 5th. In the event finals, she under-rotated her dismount and placed 7th with a score of 9.800.

In 1990, she competed at the Asian Games in Beijing, finishing 6th in the All-Around, 3rd on beam, and won the team all-around gold. Later that year, she won the beam title at the World Cup Final in Brussels. At the 1991 World Championships, she placed 5th in the balance beam with a score of 9.887 after taking multiple steps on her dismount.

Yang was on the Chinese 1992 Summer Olympic team. The Chinese team placed 4th. Individually, she placed 13th in the all-around after a fall on bars. She also qualified in 6th place to the balance beam finals, where she fell during her layout series, though was able to stick the landing of her dismount. She placed 7th in that event with a score of 9.300. Her teammate, Lu Li and American gymnast Shannon Miller tied with a 9.912 to win a silver medal while Tatiana Lysenko won gold with a 9.975.[1]

Yang retired from gymnastics in 1993 and pursued her university studies in journalism. She went on to enter show business and has been seen in TV shows with singing and acting performances in the 2000s (decade).

Eponymous skillEdit

Yang has one eponymous skill listed in the Code of Points.[2]

Apparatus Name Description Difficulty[a]
Balance beam Yang Bo From cross stand - jump to over split with body arched and head dropped backward D
  1. ^ Valid for the 2022-2024 Code of Points


  1. ^ "Barcelona 1992 Gymnastics Artistic - Results & Videos". International Olympic Committee. 2020-11-25. Retrieved 2020-12-02.
  2. ^ "2022-2024 Code of Points Women's Artistic Gymnastics" (PDF). International Gymnastics Federation. pp. 123, 209. Retrieved 22 January 2022.