Spirits of the athletes: overcoming fear halfpipe snowboarder ayumu hirano

10 Ago 2018
Company: NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation
Country: JAPAN
Discipline: Snowboarding
Year: 2018
Director: Kensuke Nakamoto
Editing: Kazuie Nishitani
Photos: Yuma Kiyota
Soundtrack: Yuki Hayashi
Producer: Ken Kawanishi
Time: 44 min



With his earrings and sharp fashion sense, 19-year-old halfpipe snowboarder Ayumu Hirano might seem like a typical teenager. But his hard work and dedication were proven by the silver medal he earned at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. His training for the Pyeongchang Olympic Games was going well until March 2017, when he crashed while attempting an extremely difficult four-rotation trick; only three snowboarders in the world had ever successfully landed it. The crash severely injured Hirano’s left knee and triggered a fear in the back of his mind about whether he could attempt the jump again. But for Hirano, who prides himself on dominating opponents and winning with style, avoiding quadruple turns at the Olympics was not a real option.