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A Legend in Badminton------Super Dan
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Suffocating 79 minutes
At 20:00(Beijing Time) of August 5, 2012, The Men’s single badminton final of London 2012 Olympic Games started at the Wembley Stadium.  Lin Dan and Lee Chongwei, respectively ranked the first and the second, displayed a truly exceptional and exciting race.

 

Lin and Lee have competed with each other in many important competitions, thus they know each other very well. There was no need to test the opponent, so the two started a real battle at the first round. Lin Dan used enough power to smash, but Lee Chongwei was so active to fight back. Then Lee won the first round at 21: 15.

 

At the second round, with Lin’s state rising higher, he scored continuously with several speaking sets, winning the second round at 21:10. The Competition went to the most important and fiercest round. At the deciding round, the score was close all the time. The last moment was extremely stressful for both the two players and the audience. The situation was not beneficial to Lin when Lee was in the lead at 19:18. He only needed another 2 points to win the game. But Lin came over the great pressure and counterattacked at his best, and he got the match point at 20:19. At last, Lin defeated Lee at 21:19. All the audience was cheered up. After winning the game, Lin threw the racket out and ran around the court with open arms, celebrating his success. 

 

The whole race lasted 79 minutes and every minute was exciting and suffocating. Lin Dan won the game at 2:1 and once again obtained a gold medal in Olympics. With the victory, Lin Dan became the first man to defend an Olympic badminton singles title.

 

The Strong Rival Led to the Great Victory
When we were congratulating for Lin’s victory, in a way, we also felt regretful for Lee Chongwei. We have to admit that Lee is a great and strong player. It was the strong rival that highlighted the uneasiness and greatness of the victory.

 

Last year in the same court, at the 2011 World Badminton Championships, the same situation just happened. At the deciding round, Lee took the lead at 19:18, but Lin Dan showed the surprising reversal in the end, winning the game at 21:19. That’s to say, there were several times that Lee Chongwei was so close to a champion title, but he didn’t attain it at last.  It was really a great pity. However, Lee’s strength is acknowledged by the world and we all should respect and even admire him as much as the winner. Lee is never a loser; he is a great winner as a badminton player.  And to some degree, Lin and Lee are more good friends than great rivals.

 

The First One in World Badminton History
As has been mentioned before, Lin Dan became the first one to retain the badminton singles title. In fact, widely considered to be the greatest badminton player of all time, by the age of 28, Lin had completed the “Super Grand Slam”, and had won all nine major titles in world badminton: Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asia Games and Asia Championships, he was the first and only player to achieve this feat.

 

With such great success in badminton, Lin Dan is really a legend in badminton and fully deserves the title “Super Dan”.

 

Styles & Attributes
Lin Dan is a left-handed player whose most defining characteristic is the ability to attack with his fast smashes at steep angles. Lin combines quick movements around the court with the ability to maintain long aggressive rallies to win the majority of his matches. He relies on diving to retrieve his opponents attacking shots with an exceptionally fast recovery. His well physique helps him to produce powerful, straight and cross-court jump smashes. What’s more, his fast penetrating footwork makes him one of the toughest active badminton players in the open circuit.

 

And now Lin Dan occasionally uses deceiving wrist movements and employs a wider variety of shots, developing into a more complete player.

 

Experiences & Feelings
Lin Dan started to play badminton when he was 5 years old. Then he joined the sports division of the People’s Liberation Army at 12. He has been on the national team since he was 18.

 

In the army, Lin Dan deeply realized that it wasn’t easy to be a qualified soldier. He learned how respectable soldiers are. What’s more, he also felt proud of being a soldier and took the responsibility. Later, these feelings contributed to a signal behavior after Lin Dan wins a game each time.  That is to salute to the audience area. 

 

Though achieved such great success, Super Dan put it simply: “I just want to display splendid races for the audience.” He really made it. In his badminton career, he enjoyed badminton and let his fans, rivals witness his legend. 

 

When interviewed after getting the gold medal at this Olympic Games, Lin Dan said, “No matter what medal I finally get, it is a kind of affirmative to me.” “I hope to change some people’s ideas about badminton and badminton players through this fierce race.” Lin added finally, “I hope this sport can develop better and better and I think this is of greater importance.”

 

Until now, we don’t know whether Lin Dan will continue his badminton career after the London 2012 Olympic Games. But as a legend in badminton, lots of things can be learned from Super Dan. We expect more and more can get somewhere in their careers.

 

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