Living in the USA, it is hard to watch Japanese athletes competing in the Olympics on TV, but I am hoping to watch the women’s ski jumping competition on February 11, 2014. I have been keeping an eye on Sara Takanashi from Japan. She is the 17-year-old ski jumping world cup champion, and has won first place in 16 competitions out of 22 since January 2013.
Sara is from Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan, and goes to the international school in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. Sara’s brother is also a ski jumper, and her father was a ski jumper also. She chose to go to the international school so that she could handle the English language when participating in the competitions overseas.
There is the article about her at Olympics.org. I hope Sara will make history in the first women’s ski jumping competition in the Olympics.