Being knocked off their perch as South-east Asia's leading short track speed skaters has spurred Lucas Ng and Cheyenne Goh to double their efforts following last month's SEA Games.
The pair wasted no time after touching down in Singapore on Thursday, and were back in action at the Singapore Short Track Speed Skating National Championships over the weekend.
Ng and Goh were crowned the men's and women's champions respectively at The Rink at JCube yesterday.
Said Ng, who had been the favourite to clinch gold in Kuala Lumpur but managed two silvers (1,000m and 3,000m relay): "To know that we're now not leading in South-east Asia, we need to work harder and put in a lot more effort in training in order to get back into the game... There will be a lot more work. "
Despite the disappointment, they are already moving towards their next target - to perform well at the Sept 28-Oct 1 International Skating Union Short Track Speed Skating World Cup in Budapest, and ultimately, book their berth at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
"The short-term goal is to get a good timing, ranking and placing. Hopefully, we get a good spot that is able to qualify us (for the Winter Olympics)," said Ng, 28, the national team captain, on the sidelines of a post-Games party held by the Singapore Ice Skating Association at the Singapore Sports Hub yesterday.
"We're still working hard towards it. (While) there's no guarantee as we don't know what's going to happen, we'll do our best. If we don't try, we'll never know what's achievable."
To know that we're now not leading in South-east Asia, we need to work harder and put in a lot more effort in training in order to get back into the game.
LUCAS NG, speed skater, on assessing the regional level of the winter sport after the SEA Games.
Their competition targets might be clear, but immediate living arrangements are less so.
When asked if he would return to the South Korean city of Goyang, where he has been training since late last year, Ng said: "It's still in the planning (stage). We're still waiting for our coach to confirm things.
"There are many other factors, not just one or two, that need to fall into place if we were to go back to Korea for training."
Canada-based Goh, 18, told ST that she is committed to training full-time and has put off her entry into university by a year.
Goh, who took two SEA Games silvers (1,000m and 3,000m relay) and a bronze (500m), shared her experiences with about 50 members of the speed skating fraternity at the party, emphasising the best way to react when things do not go according to plan.
Said Goh, whose blade malfunctioned during the relay: "One area of improvement is to be prepared for different situations and circumstances that can arise.
"You can plan different things that you can do about it, and expand your arsenal of the ways you can react to them."