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Inspiration on the ice against all odds

Heroic Macao athlete defying cancer to pursue his figure skating dreams

Updated: 2024-02-29 09:01
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Ho Chi-hin of Macao poses for a photo at National Winter Games host city Hulunbuir in Inner Mongolia autonomous region. The 24-year-old has battled back to competition following a cancer diagnosis in 2016, and intends to continue competing for another two years before focusing on coaching. [Photo/Xinhua]

To a soundtrack of chirping birds and soul-stirring music, Macao figure skater Ho Chi-hin shrank his shoulders and waved his arms on the ice as if he were an eagle flying high in the sky.

But as he took off and tried to land jumps, he slipped, again and again. The red-coded boxes to indicate negative scores flashed up on the screen. Finally, as the music faded out, Ho skated to the center of the rink with quivering legs and bowed to the audience with a smile.

Despite finishing down the rankings, the 24-year-old cancer survivor was still immensely proud of his performance in the free skate event at China's 14th National Winter Games, which closed on Tuesday in Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

"I had no energy left, and my feet also became weak at the end, but it felt great to have persevered through my program," said Ho.

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