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USA Badminton

USAB Announces Lei Zhou as Head Coach For 2013 Pan Am Championships Team Event

Oct. 18, 2013, 5:29 p.m. (ET)

USA Badminton is proud to announce that Lei Zhou will lead the U.S. Team for the 2013 Pan Am Championships Team Event in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic from October 21-23, 2013.

Originally from China, Lei Zhou was a world class level athlete. At the height of her career in 1993 she was the Gold Medalist of the Badminton World Championships in Woman’s Doubles and was ranked 4th in Women’s Singles by the Badminton World Federation (International Badminton Federation then) for the Olympic Games. She has had long coaching experiences in Peru, China and United States. Currently, she is the owner and head coach of ZBTC Badminton Training Center (http://www.zbadmintontrainingcenter.com/home/).

Among the highlights of her coaching career include her tenure as the Peruvian National Team Head Coach Head Coach (1994-2002) when she helped them secure a total of 356 medals: 133 Gold, 102 Silver and 121 Bronze medals. One of Zhou’s players participated in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, as the first Peruvian badminton player to qualify for the Olympics. While coaching in the United States Zhou trained Zenas Lam who was the only Under 19 boy to qualify and represent the USA in the 2010 Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore, a feat that has not been repeated since. She is very proud that several member of the ZBTC Elite team have competed in the Pan Am Junior Championship between 2009 and 2013 and have medalled every year, including several gold medals. This year Coach Lei is very proud to send two members of the ZBTC Elite team that qualified and will represent the United States Team at the World Junior Championships in Thailand in Oct 2013.

Her personal memorable achievements include: Gold Medal in the 1993 Badminton World Championships (WD), Gold Medal in 1992 at the Thailand Open (WD), Gold Medal in 1992 at the Hong Kong Open (WD), Gold Medal in 1990 at the Uber Cup (WS), Gold Medal in 1990 at the Asian Games (WS), Gold and Silver Medals in 1990 at the Swedish Open (WD) (WS), Silver Medal in 1990 at the Denmark Open (WS), Gold and Silver Medals in 1989 at the French Open (WD and WS), Silver Medal in 1989 at the Hong Kong Open (WS), Silver Medal in 1989 at the All-England Championships (WS), 2 Silver Medals in 1989 at the China Open Championships (WD and WS), Gold Medal in 1988 at the Asian Championships (WD).

Coach Lei considers herself a player coach and attributes her individual and coaching successes to her detailed training programs that focus on the mental, physical and the badminton techniques needed to produce consistent results.

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