Print of a painting made with a birdie/shuttlecock as a paintbrush.
Michelle Li is the most successful Canadian female badminton player ever. In 2011 she made her debut at the Pan Am Games where she was a double gold medallist. At the London 2012 Olympic Games she and her doubles partner,Alex Bruce finished fourth, by far Canada’s best-ever Olympic result in badminton. In 2014 Li became the first Canadian woman to ever win badminton singles gold at the Commonwealth Games. Another 2014 highlight came at the All-England Open where she advanced to the quarterfinals, helping her reach a then-career-high singles world ranking at number 11. In her third Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020, Li went 2-0 in group play to advance to the Round of 16, matching the best ever Canadian result in women’s singles at the Olympic Games. Li has achieved these accomplishments while aslo having fewer resources than her top international competitors. This can be seen as she often travels and competes on her own and is always conscious of trying to stay injury-free without having a physiotherapist to help her at tournaments.