Born: September 24, 1991 From: Medan, North Sumatra
Wushu means “martial arts” in Chinese. It has many forms, from kungfu to tai-chi. Lindswell competes in two divisions of wushu: Taijijian (which involves graceful, choreographed tai-chi exercise movements and jumps) and Taijiquan ( like tai-chi but while holding a sword). So don’t expect to see Lindswell beating up opponents. Competitors perform solo, wearing elegant Chinese-style pyjamas. A darling of the beauty-obsessed Indonesian media, Lindswell won her first gold medal at the World Wushu Championships in Toronto in 2009 and most recently won gold at the 2017 championships in Russia after overcoming injuries. She won a silver medal in the 2009 SEA Games and then won gold at every SEA Games from 2011 to 2017, making her one of Indonesia’s most consistent gold medallists of all-time. After missing out on gold at the 2014 Asian Games, she is determined to win in Jakarta in 2018. She says her toughest opponent is always herself, so good mental preparation is just as important as physical training.