Jamie Yeung Reaches Olympics on Hong Kong Relay: ‘A Dream Come True’
Jamie Yeung had dreams of making the Olympics. Those dreams led her to train back in her native Hong Kong, and hang on to swimming an extra year since the pandemic pushed those dreams back to 2021.
But nothing was guaranteed. Yeung took a risk to swim that extra year, fighting for places to train, because her dream meant that much to her.
Now, she is headed to Tokyo.
Last week, the Hong Kong 4×100 medley relay qualified for the Olympics. Yeung swims the breaststroke leg of that relay and qualified for the first time, joining a trio of teammates — Karen Tam, Stephanie Au and Siobhan Haughey — who had already qualified in other events, but came together to form a very special Hong Kong relay.
“Coming off a really good senior year, I decided to give everything I’ve got to try to qualify for the Olympics,” Yeung told Swimming World. “It started rough because I kind of lost my purpose without the college team to swim for. It took me a while to adjust my mindset being a professional athlete. I had to re-figure out what training I needed, and what I was swimming for. While the pandemic almost got me thinking of retiring, it actually gave me a chance to train back home. I made changes to my lift and swim practices this year in order to find my stroke again. So it is really a dream come true, and a prove that determination hard work really pays off.”
The relay swam on May 30 at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool in Hong Kong, qualifying as the 15th-fastest medley relay in the world.
Yeung was an NCAA qualifier at the University of Michigan and trained an entire year post-grad in Ann Arbor along compatriot Siobhan Haughey, also a Michigan grad, before the pandemic forced them to find elsewhere to train. They eventually moved back to Hong Kong to continue training.