Lee Lai-Shan, former world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning windsurfer, in Causeway Bay. Despite all her many sporting challenges, Lee says one of her biggest was raising a family. Photo: Xiaomei Chen Lee Lai-Shan, former world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning windsurfer, in Causeway Bay. Despite all her many sporting challenges, Lee says one of her biggest was raising a family. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Lee Lai-Shan, former world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning windsurfer, in Causeway Bay. Despite all her many sporting challenges, Lee says one of her biggest was raising a family. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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Hong Kong’s first Olympic gold medallist, Lee Lai-shan, on her biggest challenge – raising a family – and giving up windsurfing

  • Lee Lai-shan, popularly known as San San, grew up in a big, poor but happy family on Cheung Chau and took up windsurfing at 12 years old because it ‘looked fun’
  • After winning a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics, then retiring from the sport, she found raising two young daughters was just as tough, she tells Kate Whitehead

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Lee Lai-Shan, former world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning windsurfer, in Causeway Bay. Despite all her many sporting challenges, Lee says one of her biggest was raising a family. Photo: Xiaomei Chen Lee Lai-Shan, former world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning windsurfer, in Causeway Bay. Despite all her many sporting challenges, Lee says one of her biggest was raising a family. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
Lee Lai-Shan, former world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning windsurfer, in Causeway Bay. Despite all her many sporting challenges, Lee says one of her biggest was raising a family. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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