ad info

 web features
 magazine archive
 customer service
  east asia
  southeast asia
  south asia
  central asia

Web-only Exclusives
November 30, 2000

From Our Correspondent: Hirohito and the War
A conversation with biographer Herbert Bix

From Our Correspondent: A Rough Road Ahead
Bad news for the Philippines - and some others

From Our Correspondent: Making Enemies
Indonesia needs friends. So why is it picking fights?

Asiaweek Time Asia Now Asiaweek story


Susi Susanti looks like a smash success

A DAY IN THE life of Susi Susanti, star of the all-conquering Indonesian women's badmin-ton team and gold medalist at the Barcelona Olympics: Up at 5 in the morning for a jog. On the court by 6.30. Practice until lunch. A quick break, then run back to the court and keep running and hitting until late evening. Then run to bed. A Christmas holiday goes like this: Up early for church services. Morn-ing free. On the court after lunch. Stay there until dinner time. Susi has been engaged to Alan Budikusuma, winner of the men's gold medal at Barcelona, since those games. But they have been too busy to get married. "I don't feel my schedule is an annoyance," she says. "I have been doing it for such a long time."

Susi, 25, has been playing badminton, competitively and compulsively, since she was eight years old. In the lead-up to Atlanta, the reigning Olympic champion has been as competitive, and compulsive, as ever. She starred in an exhibition game with athletes from around the region in West Java in early May. Soon after, she led Indonesia to victory in the Uber Cup in Hong Kong. And then she left Jakarta for Atlanta, and more intense pre-Games training. Will it pay off? Yes, say the experts. Susi looks bound for gold. She has never been playing better.

Back to main story

This edition's table of contents | Asiaweek home



U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

Launch CNN's Desktop Ticker and get the latest news, delivered right on your desktop!

Today on CNN

Back to the top   © 2000 Asiaweek. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.