李宁 (Lĭ Níng) is one of China’s most recognized people: An athlete-turned businessman, he once ruled the pommel horse – now he rules sportswear.
Honored with nicknames such as “The Prince of Gymnastics”, Lĭ Níng has won Olympic gold three times, and so many other competitions that he has moves named after him.
After 10 years he retired and founded China’s biggest sportswear brand – named after himself. The company has sponsored numerous national basketball teams (Argentina, Spain, Finland and more) and often works with the NBA. The brand is known for its colorful products, and is increasingly in direct competition with Nike and Adidas across the world.
Lĭ Níng lit the Olympic fire in 2008 – and even though he had to wear Adidas clothes (they were the official sponsor of the Games), he and his company attracted all the attention.
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