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Jakarta Post

Susi Susanti: Finest female badminton player

  • The Jakarta Post

Contributor, Jakarta   /   Wed, July 2 2008   /  10:53 am

SUSI SUSANTI: (JP) Most of us who watched Susi Susanti receive Indonesia's first gold medal at the Barcelona Summer Olympics in 1992 will remember seeing tears streaming down her face while the Indonesian national anthem played. In that historic moment, Indonesians across the nation were united in feelings of immense pride and joy as they shared her sweet victory. Looking back, Susi admitted that many sacrifices had to be made to achieve success. After secondary school, she had to leave her family in Tasikmalaya, West Java, where she was born, to live at a dormitory and enroll at a school that was only for athletes. She said she was socially awkward because she only had athletes as friends. It is no wonder she chose to marry Alan Budikusuma, also an Olympic gold medalist at Barcelona and fellow badminton player. As an athlete, her training sched...