|Lang Ping hits against a block-less Peru in the 1982 World Championship final in Lima. China won the title by an easy 3-0 and began its streak of three major international tournament wins: two World Championships and one Olympic Games.
Lang Ping, born in Tianjin on December 10, 1960, is one of the best volleyball player in China. Her overpowering level of play was clean, well-placed, powerful attacks, always at crucial moments of the match, and these earned her the name The Iron Hammer.
She began to practice volleyball in Beijing when she was 13 years old and entered the Beijing municipal team three years later. In 1978, she became a member of the national team.
In that year, she and her teammate won the silver medal in the 8thAsian Games. One year later, she was champion of the 2ndAsian Women's Volleyball Championships.
In 1981, she led the Chinese to the title in the International Invitational held in Germany before the Chinese team won the 3rdWorld Cup.
The following year, she and her teammates claimed the title in the 9thAsian Games and the 9thWorld Volleyball Championships. In 1984, she inspired her teammates to win the 23rdOlympic Games and 4thWorld Cup. One year later, she collected the titles in several invitationals and the 4thWorld Cup.
After that, she retired for a while, living in the United States and assisting Laurel Kessel at the University of New Mexico for some years, but then she was called back to play five years later with a totally new generation of Chinese players for the World Championships held in China.
Once again, she demonstrated her ability to carry a team, and took China to the final against the 1988 Olympic champions, the USSR, but China gave way and lost 3-1.
Five years after the 1990 World's, Lang Ping was offered the job of coaching the Chinese national team. The first half of the 90s were not good years for China at all, posting 7th and 8th places in major international competitions, and the Chinese program was in desperate need of revitalization.
Lang Ping's intelligence and knowledge took China back into the spotlight, finishing third in the World Cup. She continued as the head coach for two more years, leading the Chinese team to the gold in the 13thAsian Games and leading up to the 1998 World Championships in Japan and again taking her team to the final, but lost to Cuba again.