First and foremost, I would like to say: Congratulations to Chan Peng Soon 陈炳顺 and Goh Liu Ying 吴柳萤 for winning the silver medal in the mixed doubles event! First time ever in Malaysia’s Olympics history!
I am especially proud of them, so much so that I broke my prolonged “not watching sports on TV if it starts after midnight” dry spell just for this Rio Olympics 2016 mixed doubles final.
Okay, I confess, I didn’t (and don’t) really care about the guy. The only reason I watch mixed doubles is because of Goh Liu Ying.
Unlike most Malaysians who didn’t even know who Goh Liu Ying is before their silver medal efforts, I have been following her on Facebook since last year. More exactly since she was still going through rehab after her surgery for both her knees.
I find her to be a truly inspiring character. Most players would probably call it quits and retire if they have both their knees injured. Not this feisty little lady from Malacca. She worked hard and battled to get back to fitness.
Following her progress on Facebook, it felt like I was watching a miracle story playing out. I watched her struggling to regain fitness. I watched her training and joining competitions with her partner again. I watched her struggling for results and consistency…
I even watched her and her partner win some championships and finally succeeded in climbing the rankings to make it into the Olympics. Yes, our mixed doubles pairing are actually not that nameless as most of you thought. On their day, they are totally capable of wiping the floor with the other top ranked pairs in the world.
And to watch this World No. 11 pair beat a couple of the higher ranked pairs to finally nail the silver medal is like watching the completion of a crucial chapter in this miracle story. I felt like I have come full circle.
So, to Goh Liu Ying and Chan Peng Soon: even if you did not manage to win gold, you’re already a gold medalist in my heart. In the hearts of millions of Malaysians who stand united behind you both. You truly did us proud.
Also, she’s hot, isn’t she?