Japan brings home joy and pain from the Winter Olympics

5 years ago by in Sports

Japan’s Olympic teams will leave their cheers and tears for a long time in our memory. The country’s latest heroes range from teen Yuzuru Hanyu, 19, who became the first Japanese man to claim an Olympic gold in figure skating, to ageless ski jumper Noriaki Kasai, who became the oldest Japanese sportsman to win a Winter Olympic medal at 41.

The most recent events on the Olympic program made Japan proud of its teen snowboarders Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka in the men’s halfpipe event and Ayana Onozuka in the women’s freestyle ski halfpipe.

However, not all of Japan’s Olympic moments have been happy. Teenager Sara Takanashi, 17, not only failed to win the gold medal in women’s ski jumping she was all but handed before the Games, she missed out on a medal altogether, according to the local media.

Skier Aiko Uemura failed to make the medal podium at her fifth Olympics, but she finished fourth, with tears of joy in her eyes after she gave her all during the contest. And Mao Asada’s tears came after a wonderful free skate, which was not enough to offset the shock of her mistake-filled short program. She fell during her trademark triple Axel, losing chances to gold medal and sitting in 16th position.