A 22-year-old woman who lost her leg has spent the last two years training herself to be a Paralympics athlete through sheer grit and willpower and she is due to represent Sichuan at the National Paralympic Games on September 12.
Chen is training in her university.
Chen Yimei has studied at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China since 2012. She joined the team to train to be a professional athlete in December the same year.
Compared with other veteran athletes on her team, she was the only one who so recently had started from scratch, as she had never received any training before.
According to Chen, one of the most unforgettable training experiences for her was learning how to jump with just a single leg.
Her coach Jiang Hua trained her to jump with her right leg for 30 meters, 60 meters and 100 meters. She has to jump three to four times in a row. She spent about nine months learning how to do this before using prosthesis to further her training.
Her training starts at 5:30 a.m. in the morning and doesn’t end until around 6 p.m. except for a short lunch break.
Chen’s loves to do things outdoors, including mountain climbing and cycling. She also has a love for beautiful things. “I love wearning dresses with high heels,” said Chen. “But this kind of stuff isn’t allowed now since I need to prepare myself for competition.”
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