Asian Games: Surviving near-death ordeal reaffirms Yukie Yokoyama's belief that sailing is her calling

There's always something that triggers an athlete. It could be a terrible defeat, an accident, a piece of coaching advice or a crucial win. As our athletes head to the Asian Games, we asked a few of them: What was the spark that shaped your athletic life? These are their stories.

On a February afternoon in Okinawa, Yukie Yokoyama, was trapped in a nightmare.

While sailing back to shore on the last day of a training camp on the Japanese island, a wave - which she estimates was four metres high and describes as "bigger than those in my nightmares" - washed over her boat and caused it to capsize.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2018, with the headline 'Living life to the fullest out at sea'. Print Edition | Subscribe