Ye Qiaobo

Ye Qiaobo (*叶乔波Chinese, Pinyin Yè Qiaobo; August 3, 1964 in Changchun, Jilin ) is a former Chinese speed skater.


Ye Qiaobo began her career as a speed skater at the World Youth Championships in 1981 and took in the two following years, also participated in the World Youth Championships. In 1985 she became a member of the Chinese national team. In the course of their participation in the Speed ​​Skating Sprint World Championships 1988, she entered the headlines when she was disqualifiert for doping. By claiming that this was the fault of a sports doctor, they fought for their return to the sport.

Ye Qiaobo occupied at the Speed ​​Skating Sprint World Championships 1991 at all distances and overall in 2nd place behind Monique Garbrecht. A year later she was in the Speed ​​Skating Sprint World Championships 1992 First overall and making it the first Chinese speed skating world champion. This success could repeat a year later.

At the Olympic Winter Games in Albertville in 1992 it was traded as a favorite for short-range, but was subject to the US-American Bonnie Blair in the disciplines of 500 meters and 1000 meters. Nevertheless, they became each with the 2nd place the first Chinese medals at the Olympic Winter Games ever. In the Essent ISU World Cup in 1992/93 they reached the total victory over 500 meters.

After a knee operation in 1993 Ye Qiaobo tried to return to the top. She enrolled at the Speed ​​Skating Sprint World Championships in 1994 and won the 5th place at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, the bronze medal over 1000 meters. However, since they are still suffering from the effects of the operation, she retired in the same year from the active competition. After obtaining the MBA she opened her own company and named after her sports club.