“I want to express the challenge” Skate Kodaira 18:46 on December 12 before the local World Cup
Pyeongchang Olympic gold medalist Nao Kodaira will be held in a local tournament that was heavily damaged by the heavy rain disaster of Typhoon No. 19 in response to an NHK interview in front of the World Cup opening in Nagano City from the 13th. I would like to express my daring challenge so that everyone can be positive. ”
Kodaira is 33 years old from Chino City, Nagano Prefecture.
I won a gold medal at 500 meters of girls at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Currently, Nagano is the base for training, and even when typhoon No. 19 in October caused major damage in Nagano Prefecture, training was conducted locally.
Kodaira who participated in the 4th round of the World Cup opening in Nagano City on the 13th responded to NHK's interview before the tournament and looked back on the time when the disaster occurred. “It was very heartache to have been washed away by what the farmers who were watching at the time were raised,” he said with tears in his eyes.
While the damage situation became clear, Kodaira sent a message to encourage the victims on his Twitter, and sent disaster prevention information etc. to call for support.
Kodaira said, “I wanted to play the role of an information base to expand the circle of help. I felt it was one of the things athletes can do.”
He then expressed his enthusiasm for the tournament held in the disaster-stricken area, saying, “I want to express my courage to challenge the victims to be positive.”