The Profile of SeaGull's Ambassador Lang Ping
Lang was first selected for the Chinese national team in 1978, aged 18. Quickly becoming a mainstay of the team, the outside hitter led the Chinese team to triumph at four consecutive international championships – the 1981 and 1985 World Cups, the 1982 World Championship, and the 1984 Olympic Games. She first retired from playing in 1986, moving to the U.S. to study and coach at the University of New Mexico, but made a short return to the court a few years later during which she won World Championship silver in 1990.
Her first spell in charge as head coach of the Chinese team brought a World Cup bronze and World Championship and Olympic silver, earmarking her legacy as a cultural icon throughout the country. Many older Chinese still associate her name with the country's booming sports prowess in the early 1980s.
The affinity between SeaGull watches and Lang Ping can be traced back to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. That year, Lang Ping, as the main attacker of the team, led the Chinese women's volleyball team to win its first ever Olympic gold medal. As the first domestic enterprise to sponsor Chinese sports, the Tianjin Watch Factory presented the Chinese women’s volleyball Olympic team with SeaGull watches equipped with homemade movements. This was the first time Lang Ping wore a SeaGull watch.
On September 23, 2021, Ms. Lang Ping attended the endorsement signing ceremony with Chinese brand SeaGull Watch in Beijing, becoming the first brand ambassador since the launch of SeaGull Watch's brand revitalization plan.
There is little doubt that Lang Ping is one of volleyball's greats. The Tianjin-born "Iron Hammer" won two Women's World Cups, one World Championship, and an Olympic Games gold medal as a player before becoming a widely-celebrated coach. When she led the Chinese women's team to gold at Rio 2016, she became the first person to win gold as both a player and a coach.