Jan O Jorgensen is a male Danish badminton player. He was born on December 31, 1987 in Aalborg, Denmark. He represents SIF (Skovshoved) in the Denmark Badminton League. Jan has represented his country in various championships and tournaments for more than 10 years, winning many types of silverware on his way. Jan is married to Stine Jorgensen, who is a Danish Handball player.
Jan started playing badminton at the age of 4. Jan got motivated from his parents playing the game and since the first hit of the game, he loves it. Since then he is considered one of the most decorated player of the continent. Jan believes that former National Coach Kenneth Larsen and his personal coach Kenneth Jonassen have had the most influence in his badminton career.
Jan moved to Aalborg from Svenstrup to play in the next best league in Denmark at the age of 16. He made his international debut in the Denmark Open 2005 at the age of 17. He is also become a regular member of the Denmark National Team from 2005.
Rise to Glory
Jan won the Czech International Challenge in 2006 and was the runner-up of the Irish International Challenge in the same year. In 2007, he secured Gold in the Hungarian International Challenge. In 2008, he came as the runner up of Swedish International Challenge but he overturned that into Gold next year in 2009.
Jan won his first Men’s singles medal at the 2008 European Badminton Championships, where he secured the Bronze medal. Jan attracted many eyes, when he reached the China Open in 2009; unfortunately he lost out to Lin Dan and was the Runner-up. He also beat Eric Pang to win the Bitburger Open, the BWF Grand Prix tournament in 2009.
Jan won the Denmark Open in 2010 beating Indonesian counterpart, Taufik Hidayat. He secured Silver in the European Championships held in Manchester in 2010. In 2011, Jan won the Denmark International Challenge beating his countryman Hans-Kristian Vittinghus. Once again Jan secured Gold in the Mixed Team European Championships in 2011.
Jan lost out to Marc Zwiebler of Germany in the semi-finals of European Championships in 2012 and secured Bronze. In 2012, Jan won Bronze in the famous Thomas Cup.
Jan won Gold in the 2014 European Championships beating Rajiv Ouseph of England. Jan won the Danish Championship in 2012, 2013 and 2015. He missed out on the 2014 event due to injury. He won the French Open in 2013.
In 2014, Jorgensen created history by becoming the first European singles player to win the Indonesian Open. In 2015, he lost out to Lee Chong Wei in the semis and secured Bronze. In the same year, Jan lost out to Chen Long of China in the finals of All England Super Series.
In 2015, Jan won the BWF Gold Prix German Open where he beat Rumbaka of Indonesia. Jan was the runner up of the Indonesian Open in 2015, 2016 and Japan Open in 2016. In 2016, Jorgensen beat Chen Long to win the China Open.
Jorgensen achieved his career-best ranking in January 2015, when he became the No 2.
Jorgensen has been part of the team that has won Gold in the European Team Championship in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 back to back, creating a legacy in the event.
In 2018, Jan lost to Sameer Verma of India to become the runner-up of the Swiss Open. He also lost to Rajiv Ouseph in a three-game thriller in the 2018 European Championship in Spain.
2017 had been a year to forget for Jan Jorgensen. He played only three tournaments throughout the year. After losing out in the 2nd round of the All England he skipped all the subsequent events. Jan’s injury was a plantar fasciitis of right heel. Jan almost quit playing badminton but then returned to action in February 2018. Jan is currently ranked 55 in the World.
Jan has a total of 408 career wins of both Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles event. He has 7 career titles in Men’s Singles.