Every day, millions of people around the world watch the best players competing for their country. And of course my students and I are the same. We love watching the Olympics.
Last three weeks I had an English conversation about winter sports with students at Smith’s Katsura(スミス英会話 桂). Many like to do skiing and snowboarding and almost all my students like watching figure skating. We often talked about good locations for winter sports. Biwako Valley is a very popular area for people living in Kyoto.
We also talked about the joy of watching sport players winning Olympic medals for their countries. Everybody was happy to see Noriaki Kasai winning a silver medal in Ski Jumping. Kasai has already represented Japan at seven Winter Olympics and has no plans to stop. He is a true sportsman.
Some young Japanese talents were successful too. Ayumu Hirano and Taku Hiraoka are teen snowboarders who won Silver and Bronze medals. It was their first time at the Olympics and it was great to see their happy faces on the podium.
All together Japan won eight medals and I’m sure there were many happy faces around Japan watching the Sochi Winter Olympics.
As happy as my students in Katsura(桂).