From Maarten van der Weijden To Rikako Ikee, Inspirational Olympic Journeys
Courtesy of SK-II Studio.
One of the greatest Olympic stories of all time was at the 2008 Beijing Olympics when Maarten van der Weijden won the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim over world champions and medal favorites. The leukemia survivor experienced the most dramatic of all comebacks – from losing half his body weight in the throes of his illness to standing on top of the Olympic platform in Beijing.
Rikako Ikee was diagnosed with leukemia in early 2019 and similarly dealt with the ravages of cancer. But, similar to the Dutch Olympic champion in 2008, she is making her comeback and is poised to race in Tokyo at the upcoming Olympics. This is her story by SK-II Studio:
SK-II is a Japanese skincare company and cosmetics brand that was launched in the early 1980s based on a compound derived from yeast. Owned now by Procter & Gamble, SK-II Studio is a the brand’s first film studio division and content hub is dedicated to tackling social pressures impacting women today. SK-II Studio is producing a number of inspirational stories of women from around the world.
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