“Face things head on and never give up“ – father and daughter Olympic medalists talk at Tomigusuku High School

“Face things head on and never give up“  - father and daughter Olympic medalists talk at Tomigusuku High School

On October 30, at Tomigusuku High School, Hiromi Miyake (on the right) with her father and coach, Yoshiyuki.


October 31, 2012, Ryukyu Shimpo

On October 30, at Tomigusuku High School, the women’s weightlifting silver medalist Olympian, Hiromi Miyake and her coach as well as her father, Yoshiyuki were invited to give a talk on “The Path to the Silver Medal—Reaching for your Goal.” It was Hiromi Miyake’s third time to test herself at the Olympics. She encouraged students at the high school, saying, “I continued to keep on going even when I was not doing so well. The key for me was to face up to challenges and never give up.” Her father, Yoshiyuki, also received a bronze medal in the featherweight division at the Mexico Olympics in 1968. He remembered when she started weightlifting and said, “I didn’t suggest that she take up weightlifting. I just tried to support her so that her dream would come true.”

At the talk, when she was asked what sort of student she was when she was at high school, she replied, “I was totally focused on weightlifting. Going to the Olympics was my goal, so I consciously pushed myself to do different training to the others.” One of the students, Tatsumi Ichi put Miyake’s silver medal around his neck, and said, “It was heavier than I thought.”

(English translation by T&CT, Kyoko Tadaoka and Mark Ealey)

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