With exactly 100 days to go until the opening ceremonies of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Japanese Olympic Committee held an event today to start the countdown, and launched a mobile application that will enable Japanese sport fans to share their voices of encouragement for Japan’s athletes participating in the Games.
Seven-time speed skating Olympian and 1992 bronze medalist Seiko Hashimoto, together with seven members of the Japanese women’s ice hockey team – who have already qualified for next year’s Winter Games – celebrated the “1100 days to go” milestone with the launching of the “Nippon Call Project” mobile app. This app allows Japanese sports fans to share their voices – their “Nippon” songs and cheers – with the nation’s athletes by the use of just their smartphones. The app will also by create songs based on all the “Nippon” cheers submitted via the app, and will then be shared to Japan’s athletes competing at Sochi 2014.
Japan’s participation at Sochi 2014, apart from the women’s ice hockey team and Hashimoto, could include ski jumper Sara Takanashi, an Innsbruck 2012 Youth Olympics champion who also helped Japan claim team gold at the 2013 World Championships. Also in the frame will be figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, a 2012 World Championship bronze medalist. At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Japan secured three silver and two bronze medals, which saw the nation place 20th on the overall medals table. The Winter Olympics team for Sochi will be hoping for a better finish to bring home, especially as Tokyo has been awarded hosting privileges of the 2020 Summer Olympic games.
[via Inside the Games]
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