Yuan Yuan (Chinese: 原媛; born 11 January 1976) is a Chinese former swimmer who competed in the 1996 Summer Olympics.[1]

During a routine customs check while travelling to the 1998 World Aquatics Championships in Perth, Australia, human growth hormone was found in her luggage, in sufficient quantities to supply the entire Chinese women's swimming team for the duration of the championships.[2][3] Only Yuan was sanctioned for the incident, with speculation that this was connected to the nomination of Juan Antonio Samaranch by China for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.[2]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Yuan Yuan". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b Maxwell J. Mehlman (21 May 2009). The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement. JHU Press. pp. 126–. ISBN 978-0-8018-9263-9. Retrieved 30 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Chinese Olympians subjected to routine doping". Sydney morning Herald. 2012-07-28. Retrieved 2012-07-30.