(born 2 August 1974) is a Danish badminton
player. A former World Champion
and European Champion
, Rasmussen ranks among the best Danish badminton players of all time.
The crowning achievement of his career was winning the Men's Singles at the 1997 IBF World Championships
. It was the first time a Dane and a non- Asian player captured that title since Flemming Delfs
won at the first-ever IBF World Championships
held in Sweden
in 1977. The Men's Finals in 1997
is regarded as one of the best badminton matches played ever because of both the duration and quality of the match. In the end, Peter Rasmussen's opponent, Sun Jun
cramped up and could barely continue. Rasmussen capitalized on the opportunity and closed out his three game victory, 16-17, 18-13, 15-10.
Rasmussen has often been called Den Hvide Kineser
or The White Chinaman
. This is not only due to his playing style which featured speedy footwork and powerful jump-smashes (typically a hallmark of Chinese
badminton players), but also because of his spiritual interests. He educated himself in acupuncture
and practiced it to help overcome injures. He studied Miyamoto Musashi
and believed in a philosophy of strategy
, rather than one of results
which he saw as predominant among elite players.
Rasmussen suffered a career ending foot injury on 25 September 2004, during the Men's Singles Final of the 2004 U.S. Open
. He was forced to retire while leading the score 12-7 in the... Read More