(1) My childhood dream

My storyTomoko MaruyamaComment

The Rio Olympics just ended last weekend. And I am very happy that Japan won a silver medal on the 4x100m relay.

When I was a kid, one of my dreams was to go to the Olympics. Before my career as an artist, I was training to become a sprinter and focused on the 100m and 4x100m relay. I chose a high school that was renowned for its track and field program. Then I went to the Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo known to have several Olympic athletes among its alumni. I was very proud to be accepted by the university. In addition, training with my fellow students was extremely motivating but also very challenging.

However, after a few years, I faced reality because there are only very few runners who can become top athletes. Unfortunately, my performance level was not good enough for me to have a chance to be among the top runners so my childhood dream would remain that, a dream. So I started working as a sport teacher in Tokyo after I graduated.