Ji Jing’s deep love of beauty in weightlifting
‘Many spectators see weightlifting as a boring event, and I do not blame them because only the athletes can experience the moment when you fell all your efforts have paid off after lifting the bar’ – Ji (CHN) said emotionally after the Universiade victory ceremony this August.
‘My way to challenge myself is simple, just lift a weight you never did before,’ added Ji, who also won the national title in the 53 kg in May.
Debuting on international level she won Universiade gold medal on home soil in Shenzhen.
Born in the rural area of Central China’s Hubei province, she fell in love with physical play as a child. When she entered a local sports school, she found weightlifting an outlet to release her energy.
‘I was more like a boy that a girl when I was little. A have a fighting personality, never admit defeat. That connected me to the sports perfectly’ Ji one of the top favorites in 53 kg category explained.
After originally contending in the 48 kg, she went up to the 53 kg category to fulfill her potential. ‘The top podium at the Olympics is my ultimate goal,’ said the 24-year-old university student majoring in kinesiology. In her limited spare time Ji enjoys singing karaoke.