Malaysian figure skater Julian Yee refines his skills for SEA Games

Each time national figure skater Julian Yee Zhi-Jie steps onto the ice rink, it’s a case of “everyday is a different day”.

He has to remind himself that the day will not be the same – it may be better or worse.

“Whatever the outcome, I have to put in 100% to make the best out of my time,” said Yee, 20, a four-time Malaysian senior national champion (2013–2016).

Yee will be competing in the men’s singles figure skating event at the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

The SEA Games will take place from Aug 19-30 while the Asean Para Games will be held from Sept 17-23. The Games will coincide with the celebration of Malaysia’s National Day as well as Malaysia Day.

It will be the sixth time that Malaysia hosts the biennial games. Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) is the brand name of the 29th SEA Games and the 9th Asean Para Games.

“I am working very hard and hope to add a medal to the gold medal tally for Malaysia,” he said via email.

As the SEA Games is adopting the Green Games initiatives, Yee will do his part for the environment.

“Wherever I go for training, I always use my BPA reusable water bottle instead of disposable bottles which contribute to plastic waste. Also, I try to carpool with my training mates whenever possible,” he said.

Daily, Julian Yee Zhi-Jie trains about three to four hours on ice training and an hour on off ice training (cardio workouts, muscle strengthening, dance lessons, stretching and ballet).

Career challenges

Yee’s mother introduced him and his brothers to skating.

His two older brothers – Ian, 29 and Ryan, 22 – have retired from the sport.

Yee took a gap year after studying for a year at Sunway University in Petaling Jaya. “I took off in August last year and will probably resume my studies later this year. I did the American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP) in Sunway University which would allow me to transfer credits over to the United States or Canada,” he said.

His “biggest achievement” is being “the first and only…

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