Born on 23rd of July 1977
Like so many Olympians, Hitchin born Gail Emms started very young. When she was still only a little girl of three her parents gave her a cut down racket and threw shuttles to her. That simple start marked the beginning of her career in sports and Badminton in particular. She has been playing professionally for several years and made her debut for England in 1995.
Gail Emms and her partner Nathan Robertson secured a silver medal in the Mixed Doubles Badminton at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games in a thrilling final. The match was a marathon 93 minute affair that finally finished 15-1, 12-15, 15-12 after Gail and Nathan slipped back from a lead of 11-8 in the deciding game. Their Silver medal was Great Britain's highest ever result in Badminton.
Her silver medal in Athens was the peak of her an extremely successful season. When they arrived in Athens Emms and Robertson were already European Champions and enjoyed an unbeaten run in the Sudirman Cup (World Mixed Team Championships).
After the Athens Olympics Gail Emms had another very successful year in 2005 and in 2006 when she won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in the Mixed Doubles.
She has won a total of five national titles in mixed doubles and four in women's doubles and last year she won the All England Championship and the China Open in the mixed doubles, again with her long term partner Nathan Robertson.
Gail Emms was picked to represent the Great Britain team again at Olympic level for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Her World Ranking (as at 22 May 2008) was: Mixed Doubles – 6, Women's Doubles - 7.
Gail Emms is part of Team Vestsjaelland and she is coached by Andy Wood. She has a Sports Science degree
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