Liang Chow (Qiao)


  • 2018 Named Head Coach of the Chinese Women’s National Team
  • 2012 Coach of London Olympic Games Woman’s Gymnastics Gold Medal Team
  • 2012 Coach of London Olympic Games All-Around Gymnastics Champion, Gabby Douglas
  • 2011 Coach of World Champion Team at World Championships, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2008 Head Coach of 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Silver Medal Team
  • 2008 Coach of Beijing Olympic Games Gold Medalist, Shawn Johnson
  • 2007 Head Coach of Stuttgart World Championships U.S. Champion Team
  • 2007 Coach of World Champion All-Around and Floor, Shawn Johnson
  • 2014 Coach of Pacific Rim, U.S. Champion Teams (Senior and Junior), Canada
  • 2007 Head Coach of Pan American Games Champion Team, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2007 Coach of U.S. National Team at American Cup, Jacksonville, FL
  • 2006 Pacific Alliance U.S. Jr. Champion Team in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 2006 Jr. Pan American Games Champion Team, Ottawa, Canada
  • 1991-1998, Seven Years Coaching at the University of Iowa for both Men’s and Women’s Teams (5 gymnasts who made the USA National Team)


  • XIV World Cup Master Champion in All-Around (1990)
  • Bronze Medalist, 1989 World Championship
  • First Gymnast in the World to Perform the Double Front Release with Piked Position on Parallel Bars
  • Over 30 International Gold Medals and Numerous National Championships
  • Former Chinese National World Team Co-Captain


  • 2012 National Coach of the Year (US Olympic Committee & Pan American Olympic Committee)
  • 2009 Region 4 Coach of the Year


Liang Qiao (Chow) was born and raised in China and competed for the Chinese national gymnastics team before moving to Iowa in the early 1990s. Chow began gymnastics at age 5; won all-around gold in his first ever gymnastics meet; and by the age of 10, he was a national champion.

As a co-captain of the Chinese National Gymnastics Team, he led his country to 36 international gold medals over his athletic career. He earned a bronze medal for China at the 1989 World Championships.

His career peaked in 1990 when he was named the All-Around Master Champion at the Gymnastics World Cup at the age of 22.  Chow decided to retire, with so many young, talented gymnasts in China.  He accepted a full-ride scholarship to study English at the University of Iowa, U.S.A.

Chow coaches alongside his wife, Liwen Zhaung, who is also a former gymnast for the Chinese National Team. Both natives of Beijing, the couple met in the late 1980s when they were both gymnasts.  After Chow’s tenure at University of Iowa, they decided to build their own gym, Chow’s Gymnastics and Dance Institute in West Des Moines, IA. During the first year of operation, they began coaching their future Olympian, Shawn Johnson.

Having coached 2008 Olympian Shawn Johnson to four Olympic medals, and 2012 Olympian Gabby Douglas to the All-Around and Team Olympic Gold medals, Chow has become known as one of the most respected and sought after gymnastics coaches in the world.

Chow and Li have one son, Kevin. Chow is the first U.S. Gymnastics coach to be sponsored by Nike.

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