Taipei, Taiwan (AP) — It looked like the sudden end of her first Olympics when 19-year-old Maggie fell down the first slope and missed one of the early gates.
A teenager from Taiwan competing under the name Lee Wen-yi of China was no longer a candidate for the Winter Olympics. Taiwan is a subtropical island where snow can only be seen in the high mountains and only sporadically. So Lee Seung-yuop was only able to ski when traveling to Japan with his parents, a ski instructor, during his school holidays.
She was later trained in Europe and her father drove her into a zigzag competition between countries.
Standing on the hills of Enkyo on Wednesday morning, on the biggest stage of her career, she thought something might go wrong. But she didn’t expect it to actually fall yet.
“In fact, I didn’t expect to fall so quickly. It was just the third target in my first run,” she said. “I’ve been working hard for a long time. I thought this wasn’t okay.
“So I decided to get up and get up.”
And she did.
Lee Seung-yuop used full ski gear to scoop up the hill step by step and hit it with his body until he reached the missed gate.
And she finished running.
And she went to the second leg, hitting all the gates.
“I thought it was okay to climb like this at the Olympics,” she said.
Many other players were disqualified after missing the gate at the tournament on Wednesday. Among them is Mikaela Shiffrin, an American skier who liked to win multiple medals at the Olympics.
Lee’s Rating: Most of the competitive athletes did not choose to climb because they focused on their time and medals. Lee Seung-yuop, however, is Taiwan’s first female slalom skier to compete in the name of Chinese Taipei. She said she had never set out to win a medal, but only to “ski beautifully”.
Since Wednesday, she has been overwhelmed by the positive reactions on the internet in Chinese and English. After the media outlet Eurosport posted a video of her fall, climbed social media and called it an example of the “Olympic Spirit.” The video spread by word of mouth, and more than 20,000 people appreciated this post. It was immediately featured in the Taiwanese media.
“Complete tenacity! This makes the Olympics special,” wrote a Facebook user.
“In this kind of spirit, even if she doesn’t win, I’m still very, very proud,” another person wrote.
And was she happy with the result? It added about 15 seconds to her time and she finished in 50th place.
“I became famous in the fall,” she joked, but she was happy.
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