4-time SEA Games mountain bike champion Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen considers being able to practice every day as happiness, helping her overcome the losses in life.
Over 30 years with the bike, Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen has enough glory that every athlete dreams. She is the only person in Vietnam who has reached the top of Asia and won the SEA Games four times, and was listed as “typical Asian women’s faces” in 2002. But when she shared her life behind the pictures. medals, Thanh Huyen said the word “scam” is not enough to describe.
Born into a poor family in Hanoi, 13-year-old Huyen lost her mother, and her father was often ill. Her dream is to earn a lot of money so that the hardships of childhood do not last. At this time, fate brought Huyen to cycling and became the lifeline for the whole family. The bonuses from good performance in the 2000s made the life of female cyclists less difficult. It was also thanks to the bicycle that she met and married her husband, a doctor at the National Sports Training Center 2.
Happiness was not long, the life of Nguyen Thi Thanh Huyen turned a new page when her husband suddenly passed away. The shock made her feel like she fell. Days later, she locked herself in her room. “In the first year, all my ideals and dreams about a family remained at zero. I lost my spiritual support and gradually lost faith in myself,” she recalls.
Thanh Huyen spent a series of days living in despair, as a person who had lost everything. “Without a career, my ability and communication skills are also limited. Besides sports, I can’t do anything. In front of me at that time was an uncertain future. I thought of my own perspective like many athletes. other peak after retirement, must go to work or sell sticky rice to earn a living”.