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Lori Fung

Donna Lori Fung, gymnast (b at Vancouver 21 Feb 1963). Lori Fung excelled in a sport that at the time was virtually unheard of in Canada's sporting world. She began serious competition at age 21 and soon rose to the top of the ranks.
Fung, Lori
Rhythmic gymnast Lori Fung, who excelled in a sport that was virtually unknown in the 1908s. At the Los Angeles Olympics she won the gold medal in all-round rhythmic gymnastics, Canada's first-ever medal in gymnastics (courtesy Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, www.sportshall.ca).

 Lori Fung was western Canadian all-round champion of rhythmic gymnastics in 1981 and finished 16th in rope in the world championships that year. Fung was Canadian national all-round champion 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986 and first all-round in the pre-world championships at Lausanne, Switzerland, and 9th in the ribbon at the world championships at Strasbourg, France, in 1983. Lori Fung won the first Olympic gold medal in all-round rhythmic gymnastics at Los Angeles in 1984. In both 1984 and 1986, Lori Fung finished first all-round in the Four Continents championships but finished 9th all-round - after a first place all-round in the world trials - in the 1985 world championships. Fung retired from competition in 1988. She is a Member of the Order of Canada.

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