#MyOlympicDream - Danny Chia

Fri 01 Jul 2016

#MyOlympicDream - Danny Chia

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July 1: In this latest edition of #RoadToRio, Danny Chia expresses his excitement of representing Malaysia in the Olympics alongside badminton legend and world number one Lee Chong Wei.
What does it mean to you to try to win a medal and represent your country at the world's greatest sporting spectacle?
It will be a proud occasion for me to represent Malaysia in the Olympics and it will be better if I can take a medal home for everybody in my country.
Compared to your other milestones/achievements in your career, where does competing in the Olympics rank for you?
Winning on the Asian Tour and playing in all four rounds at the British Open are huge achievements in my career but being an Olympian is an entirely different experience for me. I never thought I would have a chance to play in the Olympics but my dream has come true.Danny Chia
Does winning an Olympic medal surpass the joy and expectations of winning on the Asian Tour or any other Major Tours in the world?
I will never forget my victories on the Asian Tour. On a personal level it was very satisfying but when I go to the Olympics, I will represent all Malaysians. If I win a medal, it will be for my country.
Are you planning to spend some time off and watch other sports while you are in Rio for the Olympics?
I would love to stay back and watch badminton but it will really depend on my Schedule.
Growing up, what are your thoughts on the Olympics, what was your favourite sport that you would follow and who is your favourite athletic?
It has to be badminton and Lee Chong Wei. As a Malaysian, badminton is one of the biggest and most followed sports in the country. I enjoy watching badminton and Chong Wei has come close to winning a Gold medal for Malaysia before.
If you can compete in another Olympic sport, which one would it be?
It would be badminton. It will be exciting. Maybe I can team up with Lee Chong Wei in the doubles competition (laughs).
What's your most memorable Olympic memory?
In the 2012 Olympics, Lee Chong Wei came close to winning a gold medal but lost to Lin Dan. It was a sad defeat for him but Malaysians rallied behind our hero even though he settled for silver. I think everybody in Malaysia was watching that final.
Who is your favourite Olympian?
Without a doubt, it will be Lee Chong Wei.