The WS World Champion Curse probably started with 2007 World Champion Zhu Lin who took over the mantle from two time defending World Champion Xie XingFang. Zhu Lin did not make the cut for the 2008 Olympics and faded out. 2009 welcomed a new World Champion Lu Lan who was poised to reign over the post-Zhang Ning/Xie XingFang era. It was not to be. Lu Lan succumbed to the injury bug and faded away after leading her provincial team to a Chinese National Games title in the same year. 2010 saw a beautiful girl with textbook-perfect techniques crowned World Champion. But barely a month passed, Wang Lin suffered what turned out to be a career ending injury and bid badminton good-bye. In 2011, in the shadow of badminton's greatest match in the MS final, Wang YiHan topped the WS podium where she shed tears over her recent trials and tribulations. Misfortunate seemed spared Wang YiHan as she made the Olympic squad in good health. But in 2012, Wang YiHan was passed at flag by a hard charging Li XueRui for the Olympic Gold Medal. 2003 was the last year that saw its World Champion going on to bigger success, when its World Champion Zhang Ning became the 2004 Olympic Champion. However, the Olympic Champion would lose the next two World Championship finals to Xie XingFang. Xie XingFang was not selected for the 2004 Olympic Games. She took revenge by winning six consecutive tournaments that she entered to usher in the Zhang Ning/Xie XingFang era. Xie XingFang was the last repeating WS World Champion (2005 and 2006). In 2008, Xie XingFang entered the Beijing Olympics as the Number 1 seed. During her pre-Olympics training, Xie XingFang fell victim to shingles that drained her energy. Xie XingFang lost the Olympics final to Zhang Ning in three games. By 2009 World Championships, 2008 Olympic Champion Zhang Ning already retired from badminton to test the Olympic Champion Curse. However, the 2012 Olympic Champion Li XueRui lost consecutive World Championship finals in 2013 and 2014. Should the Olympic Champion curse hold, Li XueRui would not even make the 2015 World Championship final. But on the bright side, Li XueRui will repeat as the 2016 Olympic Champion. In 2013 and 2014, a Thai and a Spaniard became World Champions, respectively. After winning their World Championships, both suffered some degree of injuries but nothing major thus far. After temporary down turns, they carry on like the 2011 World Champion Wang YiHan. Was the World Champion Curse broken by Wang YiHan? Is there also an Olympic Champion Curse? We shall see.