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Cool as Ice
October 12, 2011Posted by on
As you all know, I am a die hard Liu Xiang 刘翔 fan. Ever since I watched Liu romp to the 2002 Busan Asian Games gold, I’ve followed the exploits of my idol. I jumped with joy when he won Olympic gold in 2004 and sulked with disappointment as he limped out of the Bird’s Nest four years later. Liu, with his remarkable recovery leading up to the 2011 Daegu World Championships is on the right track towards redemption.
Aside from his fluid hurdling, what endears me to Liu is his being laid-back. I’m quite volatile in terms of mood; hence, it’s good to have role models who epitomize the aura of cool. As a testament to Liu’s coolness, he finds the time to actually sing and make records, like the great Manny Pacquiao himself- who is another exemplar of being laid back.
I remember the time five years ago when I first stumbled upon “Want You Know,” a collaboration between Liu, Se7en and Anson Hu.
My teammates and I kept on singing the catchy tune during training. It was definitely one of the happiest training sessions we’ve had. Looking back, I realize importance of having a serenely intense, calm outlook towards training. Liu Xiang and my former college team certainly made the tedious experience of athletics training seem like a walk in the park.
The pressures of training alone can be quite overpowering. One tends to slack off or tense up too easily. It is of utmost importance to remain calm, clear-minded and cool as ice.