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Hinomaru athletes change history! Beijing Olympics “Check this day!

Check out the broadcast schedule! From legends trying to win three consecutive titles to up-and-comers vowing revenge for the PyeongChang Olympics to current JK snowboarders aiming for the gold medal, we'll be covering the highlights of the first half of the games!

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The curtain has finally risen on the Beijing Winter Olympics. The highlight of this year’s games is the medal rush by the “strongest” Hinomaru athletes. Sports writer Yumiko Yanauchi has high hopes for a new record.

Almost all of the medalists from the 2006 PyeongChang Olympics, where they won 13 medals, the most ever in a winter event, will be participating. Only Ayaka Kikuchi (34) of the women’s speed skating team pursuit and Mari Motohashi (35) of the women’s curling team will not be competing this time. I’m looking forward to seeing how far the medal count will go.

Let’s take a look at the athletes and their events.

Kokomo Murase (17)

Snowboarding Women’s Slopestyle
Final: February 6, 10:30-11:49 (NHK General, NHK E TV, NHK BS4K)

After winning the first round of the World Cup, which started in January, she kept up her good form with a 3rd place finish in the second round. Will she be able to break the record of the youngest Japanese woman to win a medal (19 years and 153 days) set by Mao Asada (31) at the Vancouver Olympics?

Kokomo Murase (17) Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle

Ryoyu Kobayashi (25)

Ski Jumping Men’s Normal Hill
Final: Feb. 6, 20:00-21:33 (TBS, NHK BS1)
Ski Jumping Mixed Team
Final: Feb. 7, 20:45-22:27 (NTV, NHK BS1)

He won the World Cup Individual on January 29. Kobayashi won the World Cup Individual on January 29th, his 7th win of the season and his 26th World Cup win. The “absolute ace,” who continues to break the record for the most victories by a Japanese male athlete, has only the gold medal in his sights.

RYO-YU KOBAYASHI (25), Men’s Normal Hill Ski Jumping / Mixed Ski Jumping Team

Kazutaka Yoshinaga (22)

Short Track Men’s 1000m
Quarterfinals – Final Feb. 7, 20:44 – 22:04 (NHK BS8K)
Short Track Men’s 1500m
Quarterfinals – Final February 9, 20:00 – 22:28 (Fuji Television Network, NHK BS1, NHK BS8K)

In his third year of high school, he competed in the last Olympics and was disqualified in the 1500m, which he says he is the best at. Will he be able to bring Japan its first medal in 24 years on the big stage for the second time?

Kazuki YOSHINAGA (22) Men’s Short Track 1000m and 1500m / Short Track Mixed Team Relay

Miho Takagi (27)

Speed Skating Women 1500m
Final: February 7, 17:30-18:50 (NTV, NHK BS1, BS NTV 4K)

Miho Takagi will compete in 5 events, the most in this year’s Games, with the world record 1500m starting on the 7th. The captain of the Japanese team, who won three medals in the last Games, will aim to medal in an unprecedented five events.

Miho Takagi (27) Speed Skating Women’s 1500m and 3000m

Yuzuru Hanyu (27)
Yuma Kagiyama (18)
Masama Uno (24)

Figure Skating Men
Single Short Program Feb. 8, 10:22 – 14:30 (NTV, NHK BS1, BS NTV 4K, NHK BS8K)
Single Free Feb. 10, 10:38-14:27 (NHK General, NHK E-TV, NHK BS4K, NHK BS8K)
Figure Skating Team
Men’s Single Free Feb. 6, 10:37- (Fuji TV, NHK BS1, BS Fuji 4K, NHK BS8K)

Hanyu scored the highest score in the world this season at the All-Japan Championships at the end of last year, where he competed despite his injured right foot. In Beijing, he won three consecutive Olympic titles. In Beijing, he will try to achieve two feats: a third consecutive Olympic victory and a successful quadruple jump.

Yuzuru Hanyu (27) Men’s Figure Skating

Kagiyama and his father, a former member of the Japanese national figure skating team, have been working together to reach their dream stage. He is said to be as accurate as Hanyu in his techniques. Will she be the eye of the typhoon in her first appearance in the Olympics?

Yuma Kagiyama (18) Men’s Figure Skating

Uno won the silver medal at the PyeongChang Olympics, second only to Hanyu. This season, he has challenged to jump five quadruple jumps in free skate, which is a very difficult program. This season, he will challenge a high level program with five quadruple jumps in the free skate.

Masama Uno (24), Men’s Figure Skating

Yuto Totsuka (20)
Ayumu Hirano (23)

Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe
Qualifying Feb. 9, 13:30-15:10 (TBS, NHK BS1, BS-TBS 4K)
Final February 11, 10:30 – 11:49 (NHK General, NHK BS4K)

Totsuka became the second Japanese champion in the history of the World Championships in 2009 with his air, which is said to be the highest in the world. He will be looking for revenge for the last time he was forced to withdraw due to a fall.

Yuto Totsuka (20) Snowboard Men’s Halfpipe

Japan’s ace snowboarder, who has won silver medals in the past two competitions and is having a great time, including the first ever triple cork 1440 in an official competition in January, will attempt to win the coveted gold medal.

Ayumu Hirano (23) snowboarding men’s halfpipe

Akito Watanabe (33)

Nordic combined
Individual Normal Hill/10km Jump Feb. 9, 17:00-17:51 (NHK General, NHK BS4K)
Individual Normal Hill/10km Cross Country February 9, 20:00 – 20:35 (NHK General, NHK BS4K)

Not satisfied with his second consecutive silver medal, the veteran will not hide his desire to win a gold medal, saying, “I want to win a gold medal in Beijing.

Akito Watanabe (33) Nordic combined

Sena Tomita (22) and Ruki Tomita (20), sisters

Snowboarding women’s halfpipe
Qualifying Feb. 9, 10:30-12:10 (NHK General, NHK BS4K)
Final: February 10, 10:30 – 11:49 (NTV)

In the second round of the World Cup on January 8, Ruki won for the first time and Sena came in third, both on the podium. Will the sisters win medals together in Beijing?

Sena Tomita (22), right, and Ruki (20), left, snowboarding women’s halfpipe

Curling Women
Preliminary Rounds February 10, 10:05~

At the PyeongChang Olympics, phrases such as “Mogumogu Time” and “Sodane” became the talk of the town. Although Mari Motohashi (35), the mental pillar of the team, is no longer with them, they are aiming to win a medal with their new team led by May Fujisawa (30, center photo).

Women’s Curling

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Mikaela Shiffrin (26) USA
Events: Alpine skiing, women’s slalom, etc.

The queen of the slalom is aiming for her third consecutive victory. She has 1,090,000 followers on Instagram, thanks to her cute looks!

Mikaela Shiffrin (26) USA, Alpine skiing, women’s slalom, etc.

Harotte Kalla (34) Sweden
Event: Women’s cross-country skiing, etc.

She has won three gold medals and six silver medals in the past three Games. In Beijing, she will be aiming for her tenth medal.

Harotte Kalla (34), Sweden, Women’s cross-country skiing, etc.

Ester Ledecka (26) Czech Republic
Events: Alpine skiing women’s super giant slalom, snowboarding women’s parallel giant slalom, etc.

Snowboarding and skiing are two different things. In PyeongChang, she became the first woman to win gold medals in two different events at the Winter Olympics.

Ester Ledecka (26) Czech Republic: Alpine skiing women’s super giant slalom, snowboarding women’s parallel giant slalom, etc.

Chloe Kim (21) USA
Snowboarding women’s halfpipe

Chloe Kim (21) won the gold medal in her first appearance at the last Olympics, breaking the record for the youngest person in the event (17 years, 296 days). Her strength is her high air skills.

Chloe Kim (21) USA, Snowboard Women’s Halfpipe

Natalie Geisenberger (33) Germany
Competes in: Luge Women

The absolute queen of Germany, a country with a tradition of sledding, she will try to win the title for the third time in a row with her blessed body of 183cm and 78kg.

Nathalie Geisenberger (33) Germany, Luge Women

Shaun White (35) USA
Event: Men’s Halfpipe Snowboard

He has won three gold medals in the past four competitions. He is active in many fields as a musician and game producer.

Shaun White (35) USA Snowboarding Men’s Halfpipe

From the February 18, 2022 issue of FRIDAY

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