Recently, the National Freestyle Roller Skating Championship was held in Lishui, Zhejiang. Qin Yuqing, a member of the national freestyle roller skating team, secured the championship title in the Adult Women’s Freestyle Roller Skating Style Round.
Born in the year 2004, this young enthusiast of roller skating and traditional Chinese culture has already secured numerous victories in competitions. “It was love at first sight,” Qin began her roller skating journey when she was just 6 years old. She felt an indescribable bond to roller skating, and recognizing her passion, her parents supported her greatly and swiftly helped her sign up for the sport. From that moment on, she spent most of her time on daily practice.
Balancing her practice alongside daytime studies, Qin found herself training mostly at night. She faced challenges, including a serious fall that left her with a scar on her chin, requiring 13 stitches (缝线). Reflecting on this scar, she sees it as a symbol of her personal growth. Stepping onto the competition stage brought about nervousness and mistakes for Qin at first. She recalled a moment when she fell in the middle of a competition, experiencing embarrassment, but quickly adjusting her mindset. “Failure is okay, what matters isn’t whether you fall, but whether you stand up again.”
Since 2015, Qin has committed herself to the preservation and promotion of Chinese culture. She wanted to show wonderful Chinese traditional culture to a wider audience through her efforts. To ensure that the elegance of Chinese culture was perfectly displayed in roller skating competitions, Qin has spent a lot of time and energy. “I have a strong desire to be more than just a roller skater; I aim to be an ambassador of Chinese culture, upholding and advancing our nation’s great heritage through the integration of roller skating and traditional aesthetics (美学).”