Young at heart get their skates on

China Daily | Updated: 2022-07-16 10:28
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At the Hanyang Bridge Tower of Yangsigang Yangtze River Bridge, 64-year-old Zhu Dezhen (first from right) and his teammates slide off the highway. [Photo by Zhu Xiyong/China Daily]

Zhu Dezhen, 64, is the captain of the Hubei Pioneer Roller Skating Team. She had just retired when she was paralyzed for a year due to a severe lumbar disc hernia. Her husband is a roller skating coach who encouraged her to join the team.

The first time she put on roller skates, she was about to stand up but fell heavily on the sofa. She fell many times but she was stubborn and never gave up. After mastering the basic roller skating skills, she also learned freestyle slalom. "Roller skating saved my life and got me back on my feet," she says.

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