Skater Julian Yee: Etching the Malaysian Flag on Olympic Ice

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Skater Julian Yee: Etching the Malaysian Flag on Olympic Ice

The Jalur Gemilang proudly flew at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February. Malaysia’s lone skater, 21-year-old Julian Yee tells AWANI Review’s Ooi Zi Shan that his quest to carve the ice despite the climatic odds and put the nation on the figure skating map has just begun.

Skating, let alone the technically-demanding sport of figure skating is not exactly a sporting pursuit of choice in hot and humid Malaysia. But the geographical and climatic barriers did not deter figure skater Julian Yee Zhi-Jie from dreaming of the Olympics – Winter, Olympics actually. Those limitations – and the lack of financial support – for the sport, did not stop the 21-year-old from making history at Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. Julian became the first Malaysian to compete at the Winter Olympics and came within a...

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