Even though I’m last, my arms twinkle… A revival of the 50-year-old ‘Legend on Ice’

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German speed skating legend Fechstein showed the meaning of challenge by participating in the 8th Olympics at the age of 50. Reporter Jeong-chan Lee met. Germany’s Fechstein, standing at the starting line with a bright smile, ran a 3,000-meter race against a 27-year-old Chinese athlete.

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German speed skating legend Fechstein showed the meaning of challenge by participating in the 8th Olympics at the age of 50.

Reporter Jeong-chan Lee met.

Germany’s Fechstein, standing at the starting line with a bright smile, ran a 3,000-meter race against a 27-year-old Chinese athlete.

Although I was getting weaker and falling behind, I cheered with my arms raised as I crossed the finish line a long time later.

Even though I was last, I had plenty of room.

[페히슈타인/독일 스피드스케이팅 국가대표 : 일부러 좀 느리게 탔어요. 저를 좀 더 오래 보라고 말이죠. 알죠? 어떤 선수도 꼴찌하고 웃진 않을 거예요. 저는 그럴 수 있어요.]

Fechstein is a legendary athlete who has competed in the Olympics since the age of 20 and so far has won nine medals, including five gold medals.

Even at the age of 50, he served as a police officer and qualified for the 8th Olympic Games, and he is enjoying the challenge by taking on the role of a jockey for the opening ceremony.

[페히슈타인/독일 스피드스케이팅 국가대표 : 결승선 들어오는 거 봤죠? 두 팔 들고 들어왔어요. 우승한 것 처럼요. 8번째 올림픽에 참가하는 게 목표였기 때문에 이긴 거나 다름없어요.]

He paid tribute to Fechstein, the oldest participant in the history of the Winter Olympics, by requesting a commemorative photo from the athletes as well as the referees, and as you can see, Fechstein truly enjoyed every moment of the 8th Olympic Games.

Fechstein will make his final run at the Mass Start on the 19th.

(Video coverage: Kim Seong-il, video editing: Kim Jong-tae, CG: Kang Yu-ra)

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