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    9 Questions with Yoko Kondo

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 9日 Wednesday

    Japanese women’s national team is currently competing in the top level World Championships (that Japan qualified for by winning Division I last year) in Harbin, China. It has one game remaining in the 9 team 9 day tournament, and that will be against the hosts China in a likely relegation match that starts at 7pm tonight.

    Defender and 1998 Nagano games veteran Yoko Kondo sat down with IIHF.com to answer some questions:

     
    5. Which country do you have the most respect for at the championship, and why?
    Canada, because hockey is almost a religion over there. Every player understands what it means to represent your country in competition and has so much pride to be playing for Canada. They have complete professionalism and compete very hard.

    6. What player do you respect the most at this championship, and why?
    Angela Ruggiero from USA. I saw her play four years ago in Halifax and used her as my model of how I want to play. When she plays, she’s big and she uses her body really well. That’s the kind of player I want to be.

    7. What are your impressions of China?
    It’s very different. The thing that really stands out is that soon they will have the Summer Olympics in Beijing and you get the impression that all sports are very important here. I think with the Olympics here, people are really starting to support all athletics here in China.

    It turns out she played for the Ottawa Raiders of the National Women’s Hockey League (I think it’s a national league again after being split east/west) for one season in 2005-06.

    But defence partner Krista Black says that where Kondo really shines is in her speed. “Her best attribute is that she is really quick on her feet. She always gets back on defence.”

    And Kondo’s success on the ice, says Olson, has been matched by great success off the ice as well.

    “Living here and not having family here, and having to deal with the different culture must be very difficult,” she says. “But she does it somehow.”

    Olson spent a year abroad playing hockey in Sweden. While she says adapting to the new culture took time, it was made easier that there were no communication barriers.

    “At least in Sweden everyone spoke English, everyone could speak to me in my language,” she says.

    “I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to have nobody around who speaks your language. I don’t know how she does it.”

    Although most out-of-town players live together in one of the Raiders’ two team houses in Manotick, Kondo lives in a basement apartment closer to downtown because getting to practice in Orleans or work in Centretown was too much of a hassle without a car.

    Kondo works about 15 to 20 hours a week at a Japanese restaurant on Bank Street.

    Mitsu Ichi, the owner, says Kondo came into the restaurant about six months ago asking if they had any openings. He was looking for some help in the kitchen during the lunch shift, so he gave her a chance.

    He says she gets along well with other workers and has been a great addition to his staff. “She is very nice, a very nice lady,”

    Olson describes Kondo as “very self-sufficient,” but says that since she lives alone, team members take turns picking her up for practices and games on their way from work or from their home in Manotick.

    “Anyone would pick her up, because we all appreciate what she is doing, and what she is going through to play for us.”

    Good luck in the game tonight to avoid relegation!

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    西脇選手、日本代表入り?

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 9日 Wednesday

    西脇選手が所属するDayton Bombers がプレーオフのファーストラウンド(2戦先勝のミニラウンド)に3-1、5-0と連敗して敗退してしまいました

    プレーオフは残念な結果に終わってしまいましたが、西脇選手の名前はまだ日本代表の最終候補選手リストに載っているので、札幌で13日から開催される世界選手権の日本代表に加入する可能性大ですね。本人か連盟から報告が近いうちにあるでしょう。

    Posted in 01_日本語, ECHL, hockey, information, International, Japan, opinion | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

    ホッケー関係いろいろ

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 9日 Wednesday

    13日から開催される2008年IIHF 世界選手権ディビジョンI グループB(札幌)の正式サイトがオープンしました。

    日本も戦っているトップレベルの2008年女子世界選手権(中国ハルビン)ではグループラウンドが終了して昨日から順位決定ラウンドへ。そこでなんとスイスがスウェーデンに4-3で勝ち、フィンランドがアメリカに1-0で勝つという2つの巨大な番狂わせがありました!女子ホッケー界は北米勢にスウェーデン・フィンランドの北欧勢が続くという形が随分と長い間出来上がっていたものなので、予想が難しくなるのは喜ばしい事です。残念ながら日本はドイツに1-2と競い負けてしまいました。中国との試合が実質降格争いの大一戦になるので、頑張ってほしいです。

    そしてラトビアのリガで開催されているU18世界選手権ディビジョンI では、日本はイタリア、ノルウェーやオーストリアといった格上の相手から試合をもぎ取れず、明らかに格下のオランダに7-4と楽勝してディビジョンI 残留が決定しましたが、レベルアップができないと毎年降格争いをする国になってしまいますね…

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    The Mullet Championship

    Posted by japanstats on 2008 April 9日 Wednesday

    Did you know that the ultimate mullet championship for the greatest mullet in the known universe had just concluded? With such contestants as Jaromir Jagr, Randy Johnson, and MacGyver, you’ve been missing out.

    If there was a contestant from Japan, that honour should’ve definitely gone to the Takeru Kobayashi of Japanese mullets sported by Tsuyoshi Nishioka of the Chiba Lotte Marines, and his mullet was most prominently displayed to foreign audiences during the World Baseball Classic two years ago.

     

    Posted in 02_English, baseball, hockey, MLB, NHL, NPB, random | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »