We’re doing something a little different today: this is an interview with Olympic athlete Kequyen Lam, one of my best buddies. We cover a myriad of topics including his upcoming trip to PyeongChang for the 2018 Olympics to compete as a 15km Cross-Country Skate Skier, how he became an athlete for Portugal, his incredible new mustache, “Lamstache”, the 2 books that are about to be released (“Tiny Home Haikus” and “Into the Mind of an Olympic Athlete”), intermittent fasting, orgasms & erections, Instant Pot and food, his first impression of me (hahaha), among other things….
Warning: I feel like more interviews should be done by friends – but – there is some casual colorful language. You’ve been warned.
0:00 – Beginning of the Man-Giggles
1:00 – Intro and Kequyen’s 1st memory of Raj and talk of Olympics in South Korea
3:45 – Cross country skiing (XC) and the journy to the Olympic level
11:58 – Living a life of passion
13:10 – Self-motivated
16:03 – Portuguese history as it applies to Kequyen (why he’s competing for Portugal, and his parents as “Boat-People”)
19:40 – What it means to be qualitfying for the Olympics; Visualization and Manifestation
23:00 – The Olympic Village and Danny Silva
26:34 – ebook “Into the Mind of an Olympic Athlete
29:05 – The Mustache. And Lamstache mustache wax.
31:30 – Tiny House and ebook “Tiny House Haikus”
33:00 – Food, Instant Pot, bone broth, training diet
38:50 – Intermittent Fasting, orgasms and erections, and weight-loss
42:00 – More on bone broth “I started eating the bones!” and eating offal; “food is medicine”
Kequyen and I met in Vancouver at UBC while training to become pharmacists. We have some of the best conversations and always end up talking for hours when we get on the phone. One of the reasons I love this guy is his amazing man-giggle!
He is competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in the cross-country skiing event: 15km Skate Ski. This is a shift in sports for him as previously he was a snowboard cross athlete, but his Olympic dreams of heading down the hill sideways on a board were cut short due to an injury before he was able to qualify for the 2010 Olympics in his hometown of Vancouver. Two major inspirations include former Olympians Ross Rebagliati and Danny Silva.
He will be competing for Portugal, but I’ll cheer for him anyway….
Lamstache, Tiny Home Haiku, etc.
To maintain this bad boy, Kequyen is making his own brand of mustache wax, “Lamstache”, which you will be able to pre-order on www.kequyenlam.com very soon.
Kequyen is also releasing a couple books: one with poetry created when he lived in the “tiny home” he built, “Tiny Home Haikus”. The other book, “Into the Mind of an Olympic Athlete”, gives readers an inside look into the experience of being at the starting line of an Olympic event. These will also be available from his site soon.
I got Kequyen into Instant Pots and his use of bone broth and traditional real foods have been important to fueling his training and improving his health. He shared with us his “Lam Broth” Instant Pot Olympic Pork Soup.
Experience the Olympics with Kequyen
Kequyen will be sharing his journey in the South Korea 2018 Olympics on Instagram, and he also has a Facebook athlete page. (You may find him under “Lam Ke Quyen” if you’re Google-stalking him.)
Good luck, Kequyen!
I’ve noticed that nobody has commented about the topless photo of this specimen of a man.
Thankfully my roommates don’t have photos of me staring at the screen editing that photo while also shirtless.
That woulda been weird.
Pedro Farromba says
We welcome Kequyen into the Portuguese team.
Vasco da Gama trip is going to be painted in our clothes during the Olympics and the Portuguese discovery spirit is going to guide us during the games.
Smart words from our Portuguese athlete: “I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul”
Pedro Farromba – Portugal Chef de Mission
That’s awesome! Is it because of Kequyen that Vasco de Gama will be featured on your Olympic clothing this year?
Luis Correia says
Este atleta devia de ser conhecido por todos os cantos de Portugal … Bem vindo a equipa, e forca de Portugal
Isso é incrível! Ele é um cara tão grande e motivador.
Fiquei desapontado com a cobertura das cerimônias de abertura aqui no Canadá – eles não o nomearam nem mencionaram sua história ou até falaram sobre seu bigode! Eles ficaram distraídos com o portador da bandeira Tongana.
Kequyen Lam says
Pedro is our leader and with Vasco da Gama’s spirit by our side, we are in good hands on this Journey
So cool that you are friends with an Olympic athlete! Best of luck to him in February.
Yeah, it is! Makes watching that much more exciting!
Oh man, XC Ski is my fave event to watch during the Olympics and those skate skiers sure can move! INCREDIBLE athletes in my opinion because when I do it I’m out of breath after like 1/2 km. 🙂 So fun that you have a friend competing! I’ll be sure to cheer him on too since I’ll be able to say “yeah, this guy is a friend of a person I know on the Internet”. You know, real close connection, haha!
Bwahahaha super close. Let me introduce you guys:
Kequyen, this is Michele Spring. Michele, meet my buddy Kequyen. Booyah!
Kequyen Lam says
Michelle, make your way up to the beautiful okanagan and we’ll get you out of breath after 1km! haha
Thanks for cheering and I hope you use the words “Força Portugal!”
I was trying to focus on his motivation and then those abs. WOW!
About time someone said something! Lol
Mustaches and man-giggles! And abs! But seriously, inspiring.
Kequyen always inspires me. Probably a key reason we talk so long when we chat.
Tina T. says
Super cool you got to interview him!!
Yeah, it was a lot of fun (in case that wasn’t obvious)
Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! says
So neat you get to watch your friend in the upcoming olympics, and I can’t wait for the book to come out because I’m always fascinated about mindset. Love the black and white portrait too, incredible light!
I got a sneak peak at a draft and I think you’re gonna love it!
STACEY CRAWFORD says
What an inspirational person! I love Winter Olympic events. I will cheer for him. Wow, he is super shredded & ripped!
What a great interview and so cool that you have a friend competing this year!
And I’m totally buying my husband some of that mustache wax….because that ‘stache is something to be admired!
Thanks Tae! I’m pretty excited, myself!
Good call! I love the packaging!
Having talented friends is the best! What a dynamic duo you both make! Best of luck in China Kequyen!
Yeah it’s super cool. You have any famous or famous-ish friends Cristina? Oh wait, you’re the one that your friend’s talk about I bet!
(games are in South Korea this year)
Jo Romero says
So inspiring! I’ll be rooting for him!
So cool! Can’t wait for the Olympics to start!
What’s your favorite winter Olympic sport Becky?