Chinese gymnast and winner of three Olympic gold medals at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
He began training at the age of eight and was selected to the Chinese national team in 1980.
He founded the Li-Ning Company Limited in 1990, a company which sells footwear and sporting apparel in China.
He was born into one of China's 55 ethnic minority families, the Zhuang family.
He won three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics where runner Carl Lewis took home four.