Result: Women's individual foil round of 32
Key Words: 50 years old
Magic Index: ★★★★
Description: The Chinese-born Canadian, Asia's first Olympic gold-medal fencer at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, competed at her fourth Games at the age of 50. Although eliminated in the second round by a Hungarian fencer who is 18 years younger than her, Luan was still able to compete with younger fencers thanks to her patience, technique, and a never-say-die attitude. She held up a banner saying "Hello, the Motherland!" after the match. Chinese fans were deeply touched by the emotional scene.
Words From the Heart: " It doesn't matter which country I represent. I am doing it for the sports. If I win I'm happy and if I lose I'm happy. At least I tried. Some people think I'm too old but that just means I have nothing to lose. I go crazy trying. I love my motherland, that's why I tried to get to another Olympics. China has developed so fast, I wanted to come back and say how thankful I was for everything. My body is different from 30 years ago, but my heart is strong and that is everything."