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'Angry cat' evolves, prowls the ice, claws out for Olympic kill

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“The entire process of life is a fight,” said Kinue Hitomi (19071931), who was the first Japanese woman to win an Olympic medal when she won silver in the 800-meter track event at the 1928 Summer Games in Amsterdam.

Hitomi had to fight against the general perception at the time that it was not quite normal for a woman to be a sprinter.

While the environment for female athletes has since changed dramatically, it is still true that women need indomitable spirit and the courage to overcome failure if they want to open up new frontiers in the world of sports.

“I don’t like to walk in a prepared environment,” speed skater Nao Kodaira, 31, said Dec. 10 after setting a world record in the women’s 1,000 meters. She became the first Japanese woman to set a........

© The Asahi Shimbun