Legends’ Vision Ambassadors join and support the Legends to help promote the Legends’ Vision through local events.
In 2016, Viktor won European Gold at the 25th European Championships in France and was in the Danish team that won their first ever Thomas Cup title. 2016 also saw Viktor win Olympic Bronze in Rio. 2017 and Viktor was crowned BWF World Champion, defeating Lin Dan in Glasgow and he became BWF World No. 1 by winning the Open Japan. 2018 saw him take the European Championship title and runner up at the Yonex All England finals.
In 2012, Mogensen and Boe won the silver medal in men’s doubles at the London 2012 Olympics followed by the silver medal at the 2013 BWF World Championships. In March 2015, they went on to win the YONEX All England Super Series for the second time.
Jan O. Jorgensen
Jan O. Jorgensen is a juggernaut in the badminton world, and has been decorated with a number of titles and medals over the years. He stands at the top of European badminton as the Continent’s #1 player, and commands a strong presence internationally.
Kamilla Rytter Juhl
Kamilla Rytter Juhl has forged an exceptional mixed doubles partnership with fellow Dane, Thomas Laybourn. The pair took gold at the 2006 European Championships in the Netherlands and reached the quarter-finals of that year’s IBF World Championships. Kamilla and her partner were then victorious at the 2009 BWF World Championships. She also won bronze in the women’s doubles at the 2006 European Championships.
Carsten Mogensen has forged an impressive partnership with fellow Dane Mathias Boe. The pair won the 2006 European Badminton Championships in the Netherlands and secured a string of titles in 2010 – the Denmark Super Series, French Super Series and the Super Series Final held in Taipei.
Pedersen secured bronze at the 2009 World Championships, staged in Hyderabad, she trains with the national team and has won both women’s doubles and mixed doubles at 2013 BWF World Superseries Finals. In mixed doubles, she has also won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics followed by a bronze at the 2014 World Championships, on home soil in Copenhagen.
Only the second Indian player after Prakash Padukone to win the Yonex All England title in 2001. He continued his playing career until 2008 before turning his attention to coaching the future stars of Indian badminton. Pullela founded The Gopichand Badminton Academy, where he nurtured the next generation of Indian badminton super stars including Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Srikanth Kidambi. He was Indian National Team Coach, becoming an instrumental part of their Olympic success.
Winner of the Yonex All England Badminton in 1980 and becoming the first Indian player to achieve the feat. The same year he rose to World No.1 continued success throughout his career included Gold at the 1981 World Cup and Bronze at the 1983 World Championships. He set up the Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy in 1994, mentoring the next generation of Indian badminton players.
With over 23 titles the former World No.1 single-handedly helped re-write the record books of Indian Badminton. She was the first Indian to ever win a medal in every major BWF event and the first Indian player to win an Olympic Badminton medal a Bronze in 2012 in London. With 10 Superseries titles and multiple other accolades, Saina is Considered one of the most successful Indian sportspeople of all time, in 2016, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan – India’s third highest civilian awarded by the Indian government.
Sai Praneeth is a product of the famous Gopichard Badminton Academy. He shocked the badminton community in 2013 when he defeated fellow Yonex legend Taufik Hidayat at his farewell tournament. Sai claimed his maiden Superseries title at the Singapore Open 2017, defeating compatriot Srikanth Kidambi in a tight, three-game affair. Still only 27, Praneeth can expect his collection of trophies to grow in the upcoming years.
H. S. Prannoy
H. S. Prannoy is another graduate of the famous Gopichard Badminton Academy. Back in 2014, he claimed titles in his home country and Indonesia, as well as winning The Swiss Open in Basel in 2016 and the USA Open in California a year later. We look forward to seeing what he can add to the Legend’s Vision in the future in his role.
Sameer Verma, a graduate of the notorious Gopichand Badminton Academy came from a Badminton background after his older brother became a nationally ranked player before him. This inspired Sameer, who soon overtook his brother and claimed Bronze at the Junior World Championships in Chinese Taipei and Silver at the Asian Junior Badminton Championships/ Sameer announced himself in 2016 with a runner-up medal at the Hong Kong Open before winning the 2018 Swiss Open by beating Danish Jan O Jorgensen to add to eight other World Titles.
A former Men’s Doubles World Champion and 1996 Olympic Gold medallist. In the 1990s, Rexy, along with his Men’s Doubles partner, formed the most internationally successful team of the decade. Rexy won over thirty international titles including all of Badminton’s major championships and he is widely recognised as one of the greatest doubles players of all time.
Yoo Yeon Seong
Yoo Yeon Seong joins his former partner Lee Yong Dae and BWF World No.1 Doubles pairing. In 2016, after the Rio Olympics and after winning the Korean Open Yoo planned to retire with Dae. Yoo however they carried on and played an additional nine international ranking events before finally leaving the Korean national team in 2017 after the Singapore Open.
South Korean star Ha Tae-kwon is one of the greats of world Badminton. World and Olympic champion, his men’s doubles career record is a staggering 288 wins from 377 matches and with Kim Dong-moon, a World title in 1999, an Olympic Bronze in 2000 and Olympic Gold in 2004 in Sydney. Ha and Kim won the Yonex All England title in 2000 and 2002, this was Ha’s third All England title, having won in 1997. In 1998 Ha and Kang won the Asian Games Men’s Doubles title, which Ha retained the following year with Kim Dong-moon and again in 2002.
In 2012 Kim Gi-jung and Kim Sa-rang won their first Superseries title at the Yonex Open Japan. Later that year they won the Asia Championships title in Qingdao. They won back-to-back Bronze medals at the World Championships in Guangzhou 2013 and Copenhagen 2014. By 2015 they had completed a full set of Asia medals with a Bronze in Wuhan.
Koo Kien Keat
Koo Kien Keat formed a formidable doubles team with Tan Boon Heong. They became the leading men’s partnership in 2010 after winning Gold at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Silver at BWF World Championships in Paris. All England Champions in 2007, and World Championship Bronze medallists in 2005 and 2009.
Chris made his England debut in 2007 and now plays mixed doubles with wife Gabby. A former World Silver medallist, he made his Olympic debut for Team GB in London and has since competed at Rio 2016. He successfully defended both the European Gold and Commonwealth Games Titles’ in 2018 and has been in the World Top 10 for six years.
After winning a breakthrough World Junior Silver in 2007, Gabby won World Bronze at senior level, playing Mixed Doubles alongside husband Chris. Now a Team GB Olympian and Europe's #1, she has competed on Badminton's World Tour with husband Chris for the past eight years, remaining in the World Top 10 for the past six seasons.
North American Ambassadors
Currently in 2019, one of the World’s top ten female Badminton players, Michelle Li joins the Legends’ Vision initiative in an ambassadorial role as a four-time Pan Am Games Champion and 2014 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist.
Beiwen Zhang is currently one of the top 12 ranked Ladies Singles players in the world having won the Indian Open in 2018. Zhang was also a finalist at the Korean Open, US Open and French Open, and we’re delighted to welcome her as an ambassador.
One of the all-time greats in badminton, Tony Gunawan has excelled in Men’s doubles, achieving the unique feat of winning three major titles with three different partners, 2000 Gold Medal Olympic with Candra Wijaya, 2001 World Championships with Halim Haryanto Ho, and 2005 World Championships with Howard Bach. Based in California for 20 years he is fulfilling his legacy by coaching young talent. Many of his junior students have represented USA, competing in Pan Am Juniors and World Junior Championships.
Halim Haryanto Ho
Halim Haryanto Ho, a former Indonesian doubles player began his career aged 18, when he joined the National team in 1995. He won his first Gold Medal in 1998 at the Malaysia Open and Brunei Open in Men’s Doubles with Tony Gunawan, before becoming a Bronze medalist at the Yonex All England Championship in the same year. In 2001, he won the Yonex All England Championship and the World Championship, and a year later was part of the winning Thomas Cup Team Championship squad.
Howard Bach was born in Vietnam and emigrated to the USA at the age of three, representing the USA in three Olympics (Athens, Beijing and London) before his retirement. His greatest achievement saw him win the Men’s Doubles at the 2005 World Badminton Championship alongside fellow Legends’ Vision ambassador Tony Gunawan.
Rajiv Rai, 2008 US Olympian and 7-time US National Champion has dedicated his life to coaching to inspiring the next generation of Badminton stars as well as increasing participation in the sport in the area.