Zou Kai has been a force in men's artistic gymnastics through the years, showing himself to be a master of the floor exercise and high bar. A leader on the Chinese team, he enters the London Olympics as a three-time defending champion, capturing gold in Beijing with the Chinese team, as well as on high bar and floor.
Zou Kai is known for his intricate high bar elements, including work with difficult pirouetting skills in different grips and combinations. He boasts one of the highest difficulty ratings in the world on the event, a 7.9, but is often criticized for not showing high-flying release elements.
At the 2011 World Championships, Zou Kai nearly matched his haul from Beijing, winning gold with his team and on high bar, while settling for silver on floor exercise.
He made his debut at the 2006 World Championships, where he made event finals on floor, placing sixth and also helped the Chinese team to gold. In 2007, he achieved the exact same results, winning with his team and placing sixth on floor at the World Championships.
Since 2006, China has not lost a team competition at a World Championships, and Zou Kai has been a main contributor to that record. The Chinese men will again be the favorites in London, and Zou Kai is a contender for gold on his best events.