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The Nike Air Max 97 Pays Homage To Hong Kong’s First Gold Medal Fencer Cheung Ka Long

During the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Cheung Ka Long became the first athlete from Hong Kong to win an Olympic gold medal in fencing. He did it in the Men’s Individual Foil. Since then, Long’s career has had several ups and downs, but he has continued to take comfort in his mantra, “Don’t lose your path,” which appears on each pair of his worn-out shoes. The statement that has kept the Olympic fencer anchored in his passion for the sport for the last six years is now featured on his own Air Max 97.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of both the Air Max and Long, and the silhouette also pays homage to the time he became the first Hong Kong local to win a gold medal in the previous 25 years.

Together, Ka Long’s personal appreciations and ties support his style, which employs a gradient approach inspired by the city and its contrasting mountain backdrop, while the fencer’s favorite hue, “Olive Green,” accentuates the upper, laces, and pull tabs. Further embellishments include a topographical map of Hong Kong’s highest mountain peak, Tai Mo Shan, positioned above a transparent tread, golden Swooshes that pay homage to his gold medal achievements, and his four-word credo inscribed along the Air Max bubble. Using a velcro tongue, the model closes with fencing- and Swoosh-inspired patches along with the years he’s taken home the gold inscribed on the insoles.

Cheung Ka Long’s Air Max 97 debuted last week at Nike Hong Kong. In the meanwhile, we await further information on a stateside release.

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Nike Air Max 97 “Cheung Ka Long”
Release Date: 2022
Color: N/A
Mens: N/AStyle Code: FB8970-372