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NO REST FOR THE VICTORS:
Olympic Medalists Still Busy Celebrating
January 30, 2001
Takahashi Showered with Accolades
Upon winning her first Olympic gold medal at the third attempt, Ryoko Tamura--or "Yawara-chan," as she is affectionately known, after the heroine of a popular judo cartoon--has been busy with such engagements as receiving commendation from the prime minister. After the Olympics, Tamura won an unprecedented eleventh straight title at the Fukuoka Women's Judo Championships. This milestone came 10 years after she won her first international event at the age of 15. "Yawara-chan" has been at the top of the judo world for a long time and is a hugely popular figure.
Yasuko Tajima captured the hearts of fans following her race, in which she earned a silver medal, when she said, "I'm so bummed. I wanted gold!" This frank expression of emotion was seen as typical of a modern young woman and earned her an invitation to, among other things, serve as the chief of a fire station for a day.
Swimmer Mayumi Narita, who earned six gold medals in the Paralympics, received a commendation from the prime minister. In appealing strongly for the cause of disabled sports, Narita earned great admiration at home. Though the previous Paralympic Games in Atlanta received hardly any domestic media attention, this time around the games were covered on a daily basis, due in large part to Narita's performance. Following the games, Narita has been busy with television and lecture appearances.
Copyright (c) 2001 Japan Information Network. Edited by Japan Echo Inc. based on domestic Japanese news sources. Articles presented here are offered for reference purposes and do not necessarily represent the policy or views of the Japanese Government.