Tien Minh NGUYEN is a male badminton player from Vietnam. His father brought Badminton to Tien's interest at a very young age and soon the interest developed into a consuming passion that inspired him to move along the path of a professional badminton player. Soon his determination bore fruits when Minh was recruited into the national team in the same year. However it was not until 2002 that he achieved international acclaim, having defeated the long time national champion, Phu Cuong Nguyen, and seized the gold medal for the men single category. He Voted and awarded by the press as one of the Distinctive Athletes of Vietnam in 2004, 2007, and 2008. He was the National champion in the men's singles in 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. He was awarded the Gold Medals for Men's Single at the International Malaysia Satellite 2004 and Men's Single at the International Vietnam Satellite 2006 and 2008. He also picked up a Gold Medal for Men Single at the Yonex Chinese Taipei Gold Grand Prix 2009. As of 2012, he has the ranking of 14th worldwide.