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体操金メダリスト、水鳥寿思先生がGKAに!
Gymnastics Olympic Gold Medalist, Hisashi Mizutori, visited GKA!

2014.02.03

2004年アテネオリンピック体操男子団体の金メダリストで、現リオデジャネイロ五輪男子強化本部長、大学講師の水鳥寿思先生が、1月20日(月)GKAにいらっしゃいました。
「オリンピックへの道」と題した講演の中で、夢を持つこと、夢をあきらめないこと、自分を信じてチャレンジすることの大切さ、そして目標であったオリンピック出場と金メダルを獲得するまでの道のりを児童に向けてお話してくださいました。
最初は体操教室で指導する父親から一番体が硬いと指導もしてもらえなかった水鳥先生は、もっとうまくなりたい、負けたくないという気持ちから毎日練習を続け、国際大会にも出場する一流選手に。しかし選手生命が危うくなるような大きなケガを何度も負い、一時はオリンピック出場の夢をあきらめそうになったこともあったそうです。しかし、周りの励ましに支えられて立ち直り、目標を立てリハビリや練習、メンタルトレーニングと努力を続け、アテネで団体金メダル、世界選手権では個人総合、団体、種目別では鉄棒、ゆかで銅メダルの栄誉に輝きました。水鳥先生のお話を子供たちは熱心に聞き入り、できないと決めつけないで夢に向かって努力を続ける素晴らしさに感動していました。
その後、簡単なマット運動を指導していただき、金メダルをかけた水鳥先生と写真撮影。目をキラキラ輝かせて金メダルを見つめる子供たちが印象的でした。
Mr. Hisashi Mizutori, an Olympic gold medalist, currently head coach of Japan men’s gymnastics team and university lecturer visited GKA on Thursday, January 20.
In his talk entitled, “the Road to Olympics,” he talked about how important it is for children to have dreams, not to give up but believe in and challenge themselves. He also mentioned his experience of make his dream of becoming an Olympian and winning a gold medal come true. However, he was not an elite athlete at the beginning. His father, a gymnastics coach did not offer him considerable guidance because he was the most physically inflexible student in his gym class. His passion to improve his performance and not to be outranked by others made him practice every day. Finally, he became a real elite athlete to be finally selected as a member of the national team. His life as an athlete, however, almost came to an end with major injuries a few times, and he almost gave up on pursuing his dream of being an Olympian. With the support and encouragement from the people around him, he was able to overcome severe injuries and continuously exerted effort simultaneous with rehabilitation and mental/physical training to fulfill his objectives. His dream finally came true. He won the gold medal in the team event in the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was also the part of the team to win the silver medal for the team in 2007 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships where he also won three individual bronze medals in the all-around, the floor exercise, and the horizontal bar. Students listened attentively to his talk and were impressed by the continuous hard work Mr. Mizutori exercised to make his dream come true without thinking that he could not do it.
Finally, Mr. Mizutori taught simple mat exercises and allowed students to take photos with him wearing his gold medal. Students were very impressed while looking at his gold medal with shining eyes.  
 


 

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