London: Choeyang Kyi grew up herding yaks on a plateau meadow, just like many other women from rural Tibet. Singing and praying accounted for much of her spare time. And it was not until 2008 that she got the chance to watch the Olympic Games.
In 2012, the 22-year-old has etched her name into history as China's first Tibetan Olympic medalist, having secured a bronze medal in the women's 20-km race walk event at the London Games, Xinhua reports.
"I had only one thought in mind -- fight! The crowds were so enthusiastic. That helped me stay in high spirits," Choeyang said after the race.