Take Stephanie to WorldChampionship
Hey everyone! I want to share the good news with you all that I have been given the honor of competing and representing the USA at the 13th World Wushu Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia this November. Since U.S. wushu athletes do not receive any sort of sponsorship or funding, we are left to pay for our own training, travel, and lodging expenses. But, with your support, you can help me get there.
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Here's a short interview write up that a friend and I have worked on. ENJOY!
Stephanie's Back Story
By: Dana Macalanda
Returning to the world stage means a lot to Stephanie Lim. There’s the thrill, the honor, and above all else, the end of a very long wait for a shot at redemption. In many ways, the World Wushu Championship in Jakarta, Indonesia will be the culmination of a six year journey that took her from rookie to a veteran at the top of her game.
Stephanie remembers her first Worlds as a hard lesson in the difference between how professional full-time athletes train compared to those without the luxury. Lack of proper practice space and overall immaturity in her performance style and approach to training were other obstacles that hurt her performance in 2009.
Now, things couldn’t be more different. At last year’s Pan American Wushu Championship in Costa Rica, she annihilated the rest of the field when she won gold in Optional Long Fist, Spear, and Straight Sword. Ironically, this was during a time when she was considering retirement.
“I felt like there was no way I was going to improve any further and [it] even crossed my mind a few times that Pan Ams 2014 was going to be my last international competition,” she said. However, since achieving this personal best, her confidence and perspective have changed for the better.
Currently, Stephanie trains five to six days a week, multiple times a day, and is at her most consistent with her strength and conditioning program (four times a week). Because of her coach’s recent move to a new facility with proper flooring, she is also now able to practice jumps without the stress of injury.
“I felt like I could finally give it all I’ve got in training. I don't feel like I need to hold back on my jumps, especially. Jumps are usually the main thing that get to me mentally when I compete, so this is a huge step for me now,” she said.
Her performance at the 2015 Team Trials was a complete turnaround from her 2009 “wild card” experience. (She secured a spot in 2009 thanks to a scoring technicality when another competitor was unable to score above the minimum 8.9 requirement in the southern style category). In preparation for this year's team trials, she trained with whole new mentality. “This time around, I made sure I was going to train so hard that when I performed out there, I'd know, without a doubt in my mind, I finally did it."
As a longstanding powerhouse at U.S. tournaments, one thing that makes Stephanie such a ferocious competitor is that she’s always competed with the world stage in mind. Although Pan Ams brings together many athletes from different countries, most of them must balance careers and school with wushu as well. Attending Worlds, however, means a chance to go against Olympic-level athletes who train full-time.
After fifteen years of practicing wushu, representing the U.S. at this moment shows just how much she has evolved as both an athlete and an individual. Because of wushu, she’s made countless friends, realized her passion for the sport extends to coaching, and met the love of her life. “I am so grateful to wushu for a million reasons, but that reason [meeting Nathan] is number one.”
Stephanie hopes that one day, even if it’s past her time as a competitor, her students and hopefully children will be able to see wushu become a mega sport. “What wushu means to me has definitely expanded past my own success in competition, but [now includes] the growth and success of my students, friends, and the rest of the world.”
I'll be posting videos and photos throughout these next few weeks leading up to the trip to keep you all up to date with my training and preparation. Hope you enjoy!
I'm very happy and proud of you to be representing the u.s.a in this great opportunity that has been bestowed upon you as soon as I'm able I will support your cause I was also hoping that you could also teach me the art of wushu I would love to learn is that possible