Team Singapore athlete Cheyenne Goh to make history on 17 Feb 2018
08 February 2018
Team Singapore short track speed skater Cheyenne Goh will be the first Singaporean to compete at a Winter Games. Photo: SNOC
After becoming the first Singaporean to qualify for the Winter Olympics, Team Singapore short track speed skater Cheyenne Goh will once again leave her mark on Singapore’s sporting history by being the first Team Singapore athlete to compete at the Pyeongchang Games on 17 February, which also happens to be the second day of Chinese New Year!
Cheyenne started skating at the age of four, and picked up ice hockey for eight years before turning her focus to speed skating. It was only after watching the short track speed skating event at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, when her dad thought that she should try it out and she has not looked back since.
Cheyenne training for the big day. Photo: SNOC
Come 17 February, Cheyenne, who came back from the SEA Games 2017 in Kuala Lumpur with two silvers and one bronze, will be competing in the women’s 1,500m short track speed skating event at the Gangneung Oval.
For the uninitiated, short track speed skating involves skaters racing one another around an oval track that has a circumference of 111.12 metres, on a 60m by 30m rink. The event officially became a full Olympic sport in 1992.
Cheyenne will be competing in the ladies' 1,500m short track speed skating event at the Gangneung Oval. Photo: SNOC
In the meantime, let’s all get behind Singapore’s first ever Winter Olympian as she flies the Singapore flag high in wintry Pyeongchang!
Gary Yang is a myActiveSG Editor and Presenter. Gary started his career as a suit cum copywriter at an advertising agency, followed by a successful stint in Corporate Communications with Singapore Press Holdings and Asia Pacific Breweries, before eventually joining the editorial team at Sport Singapore. He now turns his attention to fitness and wellness headlines and sniffing out news angles in the sporting arena.