A Game for Marilyn: “Unique Skipper” Satsuki Fujisawa Cried after Losing the Gold to England
The women’s curling final was held on February 20. Japan’s national team, Rocco Solare, led by Itsuki Fujisawa, faced Great Britain and lost 3-10.
However, the silver medal was the first for the Japanese curling world. Following the bronze medal at the PyeongChang Olympics, this was the second consecutive medal for Japan.
Thinking about it, in the final game of the first round league, Japan lost 4-8 to Switzerland, the queen of the 2009 World Championships. However, Canada, who had the same number of victories, was able to hold them to 9.44 cm in the last stone draw to advance to the semifinals.
The semifinals were held on the 18th, and they were a rescheduled game against Switzerland, who had lost badly the day before. In the semi-finals on the 18th, the Swiss team was up against a Swiss team that they had defeated the day before, but the Swiss scored four goals in the fourth end to escape with an 8-6 victory.
After the game, the Swiss camp, which had once again failed to win the title of Olympic queen, said, “(Japan) is a really good team. We knew they would play better than yesterday,” said the Swiss camp after the match, “and from the first end, Japan kept the pressure on them with accurate shots. It was especially important that skip Fujisawa was playing spontaneously as if he remembered his usual aggressive style.
As the skip is the commander of the strategy and in charge of the last shot that determines the winner, the pressure is not uncommon.
I was surprised when she suddenly started crying after losing the last game of the first round league. I was surprised when she suddenly started crying after the loss in the last game of the first round,” said a teammate, “I could see how shocked she was from the way her teammates rushed to pat her head and hug her to encourage her. It’s true that she was lacking in finesse that day, as she missed the final throw in the fourth and fifth ends and was upset.
About 20 minutes later, in the middle of her tearful press conference, she was informed of the decision to advance to the semifinals, and her tears turned to tears of joy. However, Fujisawa’s tears after the loss were not only of regret, but also had another meaning.
As she blamed herself for losing in such an important Olympics, winning a medal following the bronze medal at the PyeongChang Olympics is really ‘important’ for her. Winning a medal after the bronze medal at the PyeongChang Olympics is really important, and it could even affect the development of the Japanese curling world. For example, in the world of soccer, it is said that if you don’t make it to the World Cup, you will be 10 years behind.
In fencing, too, the effect of the Olympic medal was significant. In order to go from a boom to a popular sport, we want to win a medal at all costs. I’m sure Fujisawa, the current ace of the sport, felt the same way. That is why she wrote “Mari-chan” on the back of her right hand in this important match. After the game, the words caught her eye and it appeared as if she suddenly burst into tears.
“Mari-chan” is Mari Motohashi, aka Marilyn. Marilyn is Mari Motohashi, aka Marilyn, a former Japanese national team player, the creator of Loco Solare, and the current president of the organization, who Fujisawa is very fond of.
Known as the “daughter of genius” since her school days, Fujisawa joined Chubu Electric Power Company after graduating from high school. After graduating from high school, she joined Chubu Electric Power Company, aiming to be a member of the national team for the Sochi Olympics in 2002, but her dream was dashed at the national selection committee.
Mr. Motohashi asked Fujisawa, who had returned to her hometown in Kitami City, Hokkaido, the holy land of curling, if she wanted to join the team. Mr. Motohashi asked Fujisawa, “Why don’t you join us? We’ve already moved on. At the PyeongChang Olympics, she was supported by Marilyn, who was a reserve player, and this time she even said, “I want to do it with Mari right by my side. In her tears, I think she was thinking, ‘Mari, I’m sorry I’m not good enough for you.
Since the opening of Asia’s first dedicated curling rink in 1988, the town of Tokoro in Kitami City, Hokkaido (merged in 2006) has developed into a “holy land of curling. The town of Tokoro in Kitami City, Hokkaido (merged in 2006) has been a ‘curling mecca’ since the first dedicated curling rink was opened in Asia. The town has sent representatives to every Olympics from Nagano in 1998 to the current Olympics in Beijing.
Fujisawa is a type of skip that has never been seen before. While most skips are disciplined and lead the team without worrying about the team, she also shows her weakness (laughs).
(laughs) The fact that she can say to herself, “I’m not so good under pressure,” is also in the Fujisawa style, and the fact that she has written on the back of her hand not only a message on the topic, but also a numerical value for ice reading is also unique. It’s very “Stay Positive. (Stay Positive. Support each other.) He was fighting the pressure very well,” said a sports writer.)
After winning the silver medal, she said.
After receiving the silver medal, I felt for the first time that there was such a frustrating award ceremony…”
After winning the silver medal, Fujisawa said with tears in her eyes, “It was the first time I felt such a frustrating award ceremony. Her tears will surely make Japan’s curling even stronger.