Lee Chih-kai Wins Silver Medal in Pommel Horse 揮別上屆落馬陰霾 李智凱東奧銀光燦耀

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Gymnast Lee Chih-kai won a silver medal in the men’s pommel horse event at the Summer Olympics, which is Chinese Taipei’s first-ever medal in gymnastics.


Lee Chih-kai executes a perfect landing and everyone present erupts into applause. Lee, who is known as the pommel horse prince, had a perfect routine in the men’s pommel horse event at the 2020 Summer Olympics and won a silver medal for Chinese Taipei, its first-ever medal in gymnastics. Lee said this helped him to move past his performance in the 2016 Olympics, and he has no regrets.

At the 2016 Olympics, Lee fell off the pommel horse while spinning, and he ended the Games with regrets. In 2017, he executed a Thomas flair perfectly to win a gold medal in the pommel horse at the Summer Universiade hosted by Taipei. In 2018, he won a gold medal in the same event at the Asian Games hosted by Jakarta. In 2019, he won a gold medal in the pommel horse in the Summer Universiade hosted by Naples. In the same year, he won the pommel horse event at the Melbourne and Doha competitions of the FIG World Cup circuit in Artistic Gymnastics.

Lee got into gymnastics when he was in kindergarten. Gymnastics coach Lin Yu-hsin discovered Lee was extremely flexible. Lee has trained hard for the past 20 years. He was known as “Market Boy Kai” for using his gymnastics skills to attract customers to his mother’s vegetable stall at a market. Earlier this year, he said his goal was to be the best in the world.

“Jump! Men” Online Preview:"(Will you continue practicing gymnastics?) Yes. (Should we compete in the Olympics together?) Yes. If I win an Olympic gold medal, then all the tumbling I’ve done in my life will have been worth it."

Lee had a perfect routine on his way to the silver medal. He is the first Chinese Taipei gymnast to win an Olympic medal.

 

 

 

完美落地,全場掌聲,鞍馬王子李智凱近乎完美的表現,為台灣拿下奧運首面體操銀牌,揮別上屆里約奧運落馬的陰霾,李智凱這回克服心魔,表示自己沒有留下遺憾。

2016年李智凱首次踏上奧運舞台,因為旋轉動作時不慎落馬,留下遺憾,不過2017年,他以華麗流暢的湯瑪士迴旋驚艷國際,奪下台北世大運鞍馬金牌,2018年拿下雅加達亞運男子鞍馬金牌,2019年拿波里世大運男子鞍馬金牌、2019再拿下墨爾本多哈體操世界盃男子鞍馬金牌。

李智凱在幼稚園上體適能課程時,啟蒙教練林育信就發現了他的柔軟度不錯,從小苦練到大將近20年的時光,被暱稱為菜市仔凱的李智凱,今年捲土重來,他早就預告,目標就是超越世界。

"翻滾吧!男人"網路版預告:「(你還會練體操嗎?) 會!(我們要不要一起去參加奧運比賽?) 會!一路翻滾能到奧運拿到金牌,這一生的翻滾就有意義了。」

在奧運殿堂上頂住壓力,完美呈現所有動作,也成為台灣體操界第一人拿下奧運獎牌。這一次李智凱,成功在全世界和國人面前,完美落地。
 

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