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In profile: Kuo Hsing-chun conquers adversity to lift Olympic gold (2021/07/28)
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    In profile: Kuo Hsing-chun conquers adversity to lift Olympic gold (2021/07/28)

    Taiwanese weightlifter Kuo Hsing-chun 郭婞淳 made history in Tokyo on Tuesday, winning gold in the women's 59 kg event and setting three Olympic records along the way. But her path to Olympic glory has not been an easy ride. Born into an underprivileged household, Kuo had to work twice as hard to advance in her sport. Now that she's an international champion, she doesn't think twice about helping out the less fortunate.

    Pu Ya-ling
    Kuo Hsing-chun’s high-school coach
    Finally! We’ve waited for this gold medal for so long. She finally won it after five years. I’m feeling very emotional, because it’s been such a long hard journey.

    Kuo’s high-school weightlifting coach Pu Ya-ling burst into tears after receiving news of Kuo’s triumph in Tokyo. She says Kuo’s road to gold was paved with hardship. The Olympic champion was brought up by a single mother and was a considerate and well-mannered child. When her mother became unable to pay the mortgage, they moved into a laborers’ dormitory. As she was growing up, Kuo had to work hard to get scholarships for school fees.

    Pu Ya-ling
    Kuo Hsing-chun’s high-school coach
    When she was 15, she came to the National Taitung University Affiliated Physical Education Senior High School. All her expenses – such as tuition fees, registration fees, and even her living expenses and her family’s – all of that was covered by athletic scholarships.

    Kuo made her first foray into weightlifting when she was a student at Bausun Junior High School in Taitung. Back then, she thought of lifting only as a conditioning exercise for track and field. She also dreamed of becoming a basketball star. All that changed when she competed in weightlifting at the National Games and won a gold medal. That turned a new chapter for the budding athlete.

    Kuo Hsing-chun’s mother
    Coach Shang-yi saw it in her, saw her speed when she was playing basketball. She saw that speed and figured that this small girl was capable of explosive strength. So, Coach got her into weightlifting.

    After glimpsing raw potential, the coach had Kuo get serious about lifting. Now her name is famous across Taiwan. But what’s not so well known is how she got that name. She was born with an umbilical cord wrapped around her neck and almost died – her given name is a pun on “lucky to be alive.”

    Yu Fang-ling
    Camillian Saint Mary’s Hospital Luodong
    Under the care of the medical team at the hospital, thanks to their attentive care, she was saved. That’s why her name is Kuo Hsing-chun. Her mother said she was a survivor, so she called her “Hsing-chun.” The first time she got Olympic prize money, she donated some to our hospital, to buy an ambulance.

    After her trials and tribulations, Kuo has now made history. Those who know her say
    she gives back to society whenever she has a chance. She often goes back to her alma mater.

    Kuo Hsing-chun (Sept. 28, 2017)
    Weightlifter
    Actually, I got my start in weightlifting at Bausun Junior High. Of course, when I have some time, I come back to my old school. The resources here aren’t so … good, relatively speaking. So I think Bausun Junior High really needs our help.

    As a child, Kuo sometimes went to bed hungry. Now as an elite weightlifter, she understands the value of a balanced diet. She says that after retiring from her sport, she wants to open a breakfast shop in Taitung, so that local kids can stop by for their most important meal of the day.

    中文 Chinese  
    曾經搬進工寮 郭婞淳靠獎學金就學成長路艱辛

    舉重國手郭婞淳在東京奧運摘下金牌,締造個人新紀錄,郭婞淳成長過程很辛苦,來自單親家庭,出生時因為臍帶繞頸,倖存下來,因此名字取諧音為婞淳。曾經因為沒錢繳房貸,搬進工寮,但郭婞淳很懂事,苦練舉重,靠獎金繳學費,甚至回饋社會,積極參與公益活動!

    [[郭婞淳高中舉重教練 蒲雅玲]]
    “終於,我們等這個金牌,等了好久,等了五年然後終於獲得,今天會很感動是因為這個過程,真的是太辛苦了”

    舉重國手郭婞淳高中教練,聽到郭婞淳奪下奧運金牌,激動落淚,多年來看著郭婞淳,走過艱辛的訓練之路,這份成果實屬不易。來自單親家庭的郭婞淳,從小特別懂事,家中曾經因為繳不出房貸,搬到工寮住,求學階段努力爭取獎學金,繳交學費。

    [[郭婞淳高中舉重教練 蒲雅玲]]
    “她15歲踏入體中之後她所有的,學費啊註冊費生活費包括家人,都是台東體中給予績優運動員的,一些獎助學金”
    郭婞淳的舉重之路,從就讀寶桑國中開始,當時她以為想練田徑就要一起練舉重,也曾夢想當籃球國手,沒想到誤打誤撞,參加全運會,一戰成名拿下舉重冠軍,從此翻轉她的人生。

    [[舉重國手郭婞淳媽媽]]
    “尚儀教練她看準了,因為她在打籃球的那個速度,她就看準她的速度,然後覺得說這個小女孩應該還可以再,她一定有一定的爆發力在,所以就讓她去舉重”

    看好郭婞淳的爆發力,教練決定就讓她改練舉重,但很少人知道,郭婞淳出生時因為臍帶繞頸,差點小命不保。

    [[聖母醫院公關主任 俞芳苓]]
    “透過醫院團隊全力的一個照顧,悉心的一個照顧才能夠救回小命,因此她的名字叫郭婞淳,媽媽說她倖存下來 所以叫郭婞淳,所以當年她的第一部,這個第一筆的獎金就捐給聖母醫院,購買救護車”

    經歷過各種磨難,郭婞淳闖出名堂,有能力了就回饋社會,經常回啟蒙她的母校,關心學弟妹。

    [[舉重國手 郭婞淳 (2017.09.28)]]
    “其實我的運動的那個舉重的發源地,是在寶桑國中,當然有時候會回來學校看,就是比較,資源比較沒有那麼的好,然後就會想說其實寶桑國中,也是非常需要就是我們的幫助”

    曾經餓過、吃不好,特別理解運動員飲食的重要性,郭婞淳規劃退休後,要回台東開早餐店,讓當地有需要的學童溫飽,吃到熱騰騰的營養早餐。
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