Saturday, June 29, 2013
Xue Chen (Born 18 February 1989 in Fuzhou, Fujian) is a beach volleyball player from China. She trains in Sanya, Hainan. She has also trained in California under coach Dane Selznick.
Xue began playing basketball, but disliked that sport. Then she started playing indoor volleyball from the age of 10 to 13 before settling into beach volleyball. She started her sports career with Fuzhou Sports Training School in 2000.
In 2002, she attended the Athletic Sports College of Fuzhou and became a member of the Chinese national beach volleyball team. Xue then made her Swatch-FIVB World Tour debut in 2005, playing in two events with You Wenhui and winning the FIVB Top Rookie award for 2006.
On 28 May 2006 the 17-year-old Xue won the $400,000 China Shanghai Jinshan Open and became the youngest player to ever win a major event. In the women's team competition at the 2006 Asian Games Xue and Zhang Xi won the gold medal. In Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, the pair also won the bronze medal.
In 2009 Asian Beach Volleyball Championships, Haikou, China they had won the gold medal, and repetitive the title in 2010.
The pair of Xue and Zhang are ranked 4th overall on the 2010 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Rankings and completed the season ranked with first position. In the 2012 London Olympics, Xue and Zhang represented China in the female beach volleyball competition and ended with 4th position.