Further Personal Information
||Wife Kim Ong
||Ng Onn Lam
||Marketing - Mira Costa College: Oceanside, CA, USA
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||"My love affair with cycling began at the tender age of 5. I was a young boy with plenty of energy and lots of curiosity for the world. My dad bought me my first bike that came with a pair of training wheels and taught me how to ride in my backyard."
|Why this sport?
||"My best friend [US Olympian Johnny Barrios] got me into cycling. We were always looking at bicycle magazines and dreaming of getting a nice bike."
|Club / Team
||Yayasan Sime Darby: Kuala Lumpur, MAS
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||Two hour session at the gym from 6.30am, then a two-hour session at the track from 1pm followed by another hour at the gym from 7pm.
||Jojo [his mother gave it to him]. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2010)
||Cars, travel, internet, playing the violin. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2010)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Making the finals in the keirin at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and winning the gold medal in the same event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2010)
|Most influential person in career
||John Beasley, his coach. (Athlete, 14 Nov 2010)
|Hero / Idol
||French cyclist Florian Rosseau. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2010)
||He broke his collarbone following a fall in the keirin event at the 2007 World Championships, which needed two operations to put back together. He still has a deep scar almost 15cm long. (kimong.com, 14 Apr 2010, Athlete, 29 Jul 2010)
In 2007 he suffered a bruised hip when he was hit by the motorbike during a routine motor-pacing training session. (josiahng.com, 2012)
He fractured his wrist, broke his nose and had a swollen face in 2004 after he crashed at 65km/h while training at the World Cycling Centre in Aigle, Switzerland. (The Star, 01 May 2004)
|Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
||"Before any race, I say a quick prayer asking God to protect me, help me to do my best and be a good sportsman whatever the outcome. I do that on the starting line just before the gun fires." (yquake.nst.com.my, 04 May 2004)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"If you don't experience pain everyday, you haven't done your job right." (Athlete, 29 Jul 2010)
|Awards and honours
||He was Malaysia's flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. (AGNS, 01 Dec 2006)
He was named the 2004 Malaysian Olympian of the Year and 2005 Sportsman of the Year. (josiahng.com, 12 Mar 2006)
He became the first Malaysian cyclist in 32 years to win a medal in the Asian Games with a silver in the sprint event at the Busan Games in 2002. (rudyprojectusa.com, 06 May 2004)
||His wife Kim is a fashion model who also handles his media and PR commitments. (kimong.com, 14 Apr 2010)
||To win a medal at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2010)
Unlike many other athletes, he lacked support from his family during the beginning of his career but that has since changed due to his many successes. "I never got any support when I was younger. My family was against my cycling but now, since I have been successful, they've become supportive. My father hurled me an ultimatum - give up cycling when I turned 18 or leave the house. I chose to leave. At the time, I was kind of bitter that he would just throw me to the wolves. But he created a scenario in which I had no choice but to learn to be a man all on my own, and that was the best lesson ever. I was determined to do it on my own in any case. But it's nice that they finally support me." (yquake.nst.com.my, 04 May 2004; kimong.com, 14 Apr 2010)
FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO THE USA
He was born in the Philippines while his parents were studying there. They moved to the United States when he was eight years old and he graduated from Redlands High School in California. He then opted against further study at college or university to concentrate on his cycling career. (yquake.nst.com.my, 04 May 2004)
He turned pro when he was 20 years old. (josiahng.com, 16 Mar 2010)