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Japanese Paralympic athletes say Sochi ‘quiet’ comparing to Japan

March 10, 2014, 5:20 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, March 10, /ITAR-TASS/. Japan’s medalists in Alpine Skiing Men’s Super-G Sitting event said Russia’s Sochi, the hosting city of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, was very ‘quiet’ and ‘relaxing’ place comparing with the ‘very busy’ lifestyle in their country.

Wheelchair-bound alpine skiers Akira Kano and Taiki Morii, who won gold and silver medals respectively at the Rosa Khutor course on Sunday, strolled calmly along the streets of the Mountain Cluster over an hour after they were fiercely interviewed by correspondents at the medal awarding ceremony.

Both of the athletes apologized for speaking “not good English,” but nevertheless answered more questions from an Itar-Tass correspondent and Kano helped Morii with translation from time to time.

“Japan is very busy… many people,” Kano, who won the Paralympic champion’s title in Super-G at the 2010 Winter Games in Canada’s Vancouver and retained it in Sochi on Sunday, said.

The 27-year-old athlete said he dedicated the victory in Sochi, where he participated in his sport career’s third Paralympics, to his “supporters, staff and wife.”

His teammate Morii said curtly that he dedicated his silver medal to his “daughter.”

Besides winning the gold in Super-G Sitting at the 2010 Games in Canada, Kano also grabbed bronze at the Games in Vancouver in Men’s Downhill. He is also a multiple medalist of World Championships.

At the Winter Paralympics in Vancouver Kano’s 23-year-old teammate Morii grabbed two silver medals in Downhill and Giant Slalom, as well as the bronze in Super-G.

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