New Caledonia International (International Series) 28-31 October
Lin Dan favourite to take Gold
Lin Dan, China's "Super Dan" is back to defend his Olympic title. Spiky-haired Dan is considered the best badminton player of all time, and his fiery personality makes him a crowd favorite, a la John McEnroe. He can smash the shuttlecock 200 mph and has also been known to abuse rackets and argue with referees. Lin is a four-time world champion, defending Olympic champion and five-time All England champion.
He is one of the most recognisable athletes in China and a favourite of the paparazzi, especially because he is married to Xie Xingfang, China's No. 1 women's badminton player.
The Olympic badminton competition will be held at Wembley Arena, and Lin is favoured to win gold again.