Star cyclist and Olympic medallist Sarah Lee announced on Monday that she’s officially retiring from the sport, and plans to take up a coaching role in the future.
The three-time Olympian said in an online interview that she made the decision at the beginning of this year, after considering a number of factors.
“My mindset changed after the Tokyo Olympics…if the team focuses too much on me, other athletes with potential will not get the resources they need to excel,” she said, adding that she hopes to become a coach for the local sprint team.
The 36-year-old thanked Hongkongers for their support, saying she will not stop being a good person and hopes to continue to help the city.
Lee, who’s also dubbed the "Cycling Goddess of Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate", represented the SAR at Olympic Games three times.
While she was unable to bring home any medals in the 2016 Rio Games due to an on-track collision, she won bronze in the women’s keirin at the 2012 London Olympics, and another bronze in the sprint event at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
She also won multiple medals in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the Asian Games over the years.
Lee received the Hong Kong Sports Stars Awards last year, alongside Olympic champion fencer Cheung Ka-long.
She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Professional Writing from Baptist University.