“My finest hour was when I won the badminton men’s singles gold medal in the 1992 Olympics. Becoming an athlete was the best choice I made in my life.”
Despite being one of the country’s earliest sports heroes, Alan Budikusuma has remained grounded through the years. His name became public knowledge when he won the badminton men’s singles gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, after being a part of the national training team for seven years. Since then, Alan has taken home a number of other titles in the international badminton tournament circuit, such as the German Open in 1992, the Malaysian Open, as well as the World Cup. In 1996, he decided to retire as a badminton athlete and focus on helping the national team grow, not as a player but by directly being in the committee. Today, he is the head of sponsorship at the Badminton Association of Indonesia (PBSI).
“If I could have stopped time, I would still be playing badminton. I believe that becoming an athlete was the best choice I made in my life and I enjoyed every second of it,” he stated. Time cannot be reversed, therefore Alan uses what time he has wisely. Other than running his business and exercising regularly, the former badminton athlete loves to spend his free time with his three kids and his wife, Susi Susanti. Alan Budikusuma wears the Chopard L.U.C Perpetual Twin.