To the country’s legion of badminton fans, Lin Dan is better known as “Super Dan”. It’s a nickname strangely fitting for an athlete who is both super talented and super controversial.
The 26 year-old badminton player, the world’s number two shuttler (behind Malaysian Lee Chong Wai), is notorious for his fiery temper, and he has a reputation for public spats with other players.
And with coaches too: Lin reportedly tried to hit another player’s coach with his racket and took a swing at his own trainer. YouTube clips also show him kicking his racket at a tournament in Malaysia and ripping off a silver medal in anger at an award ceremony.
But despite his prima-donna behaviour, Lin remains hugely popular in China. His good looks certainly help.
What is he famous for?
At the Athens Games in 2004, Lin, who was the number one seed, crashed out in the first round. After the game, Lin acknowledged the defeat was an embarrassing one. But four years later he redeemed himself by winning an Olympic gold in Beijing.
Why is he in the news?
Lin recently won the China Series in Shanghai, grabbing his fourth badminton title of the season. He had already won the All England, China Masters and French Super Series titles this year.
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