Thank you to the wife for organizing a surprise birthday gathering and everyone who was able to make it out! Special thanks to @mickeyhaha85 and @tania.lam.aves for the Muse! Definitely going to be using it regularly. Thanks to everyone who messaged me today on my birthday but I'm still going in denial that if it's not acknowledged, it doesn't count. Be sure to check out the last picture though, Carmen left a pretty good comment that I couldn't think of a comeback to. I must be getting old 😆
Badminton has taught me a lot about partnerships: it's not always a 50/50 split, but often we take turns carrying each other at different times. There's no need to count, because kindness is a real show of strength 💪🏻 Patrick Lencioni wrote that the ideal team player needs to be HUMBLE, HUNGRY, and SMART. I like that, but I would also include STRONG. The big day is coming up, but I think we've long figured it out before. Despite whatever hurdles that come up, I will carry you over them if I must, twirl you around, and still have a smile/smirk on my face 😏 📷 Captured and edited by @_ivoryandgold_#Caroby2019#preweddingphotos#humble#hungry#smart#strong#badminton#nofilter
Happy #OlympicDay and thanks to everyone who was part of my journey that helped make things happen! Special thanks to my partner, Grace Gao and my coach, Kim Dong Moon, for my golden years of badminton, through thick and thin. "You da real MVPs" 🙇🏻♂️ I would also like to thank Darryl Yung and ClearOne for getting me to the level where I could even consider making an Olympic run. If it weren't for Darryl, I would have probably quit badminton in 2004 (to be a bboy)🙏 Additionally, my parents were especially supportive for all my years of badminton, for my brother and I. Fun fact, my parents never could afford to come and watch me compete internationally outside of Pan Am Games in Toronto. They never saw me or my brother at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, or any of my 7 World Championships. Sometimes I may not be the most pleasant person to be with, but it was because I was envious. I know I had to do it alone most of the time; I was on my own. I apologize if my intensity has ever hurt anyone 😔
Lastly, thank you to the love of my life, Carmen Fong, for the support across my entire international career. Once again, she wasn't able to come out until my final two years, mainly cuz I had to propose to her, and we are getting hitched in August! 🤵🏻👰🏻 The Olympics has been life changing, and I wish the best of luck to those on their own Olympic journey to Tokyo and beyond! Once again, thank you everyone who made my opportunity possible! 😊
I'm proud to announce that Derrick and I will be making a comeback for Tokyo 2020 after winning the 2019 Washington Open! Feels great to win an international title after 2 years! 😬 I would like to thank my manager, @harrokittie, and training partners, @shoyushome and friends at the Seattle Athletic Club!
EDIT: I just found out that there are no points awarded for the Washington Open, so in protest, we have decided to boycott the Olympic run. But be sure to look out for us in 2024 🤪
Thanks to everyone for a wonderful trip in Seattle/Bellevue and it was great to see a thriving badminton scene! We had a great time meeting friends old and new, and I can't wait to be back! I swear, I could almost live down there 😎
P.S. The last picture is for those who take me too seriously 👻
25 years ago I saw the future. I wonder what I can foresee in the next 25 years? 🤔
March 4, 1994: "If I Was a Professional Sports Star" --- "If I was a professional sports star, I would play badminton. I would play badminton because I have played it for years. I do not think I will make a lot of money, but I will sign autographs for people if they want it. I will not make commercials to make money because I don't like to be on television. I would not play when I think I am too old to play. When I can't play, I will watch other people play badminton instead." [Written at 9 years old]
It was a blast coaching at the Canada Winter Games! I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with everyone and I hope you all had a great time. Best of luck to those who are still competing in their upcoming competition and I hope you will all continue to play badminton and enjoy this incredible sport for life!
PS. I am quitting Instagram for 30 days 🤪🤪🤪
Extremely proud of these 3 for their performances yesterday!
Huge win for Wendy as she has lost to her opponent many times in the past and it was a hard fought match.
Awesome win for Antonio to take this prestigious title and I hope he continues this winning streak.
Last but not least, congrats to Kylie and Wendy for fighting through to win the WD title when playing together for the first time!
Special shoutout to Jenna Wong (@jennawongg) for taking good care of the team! And of course, for taking this photo #MRP#mostresponsibleplayer
And of course, thank you for the rest of the team for their support! Everyone played their part and I'm grateful to work with this amazing team! @goteambc#coachlife#badminton#cwg2019#gold#teambc#reddeer#congratulations