- speed (→sped)
- giant slalom
- 試合（後出 competitor は競争相手）
- ２位の（後出 place fifth は５位になる）
- sense of accomplishment
- transverse myelitis
- 横断性脊髄炎（後出 spinal cord は脊髄）
- stick (→stuck) close to ～
- spur ～ on
Japanese skier Muraoka Momoka, 21, sped to the gold in the women's sitting alpine skiing giant slalom on March 14 at the 2018 Pyeongchang Paralympics. It was Japan's first gold at the 2018 Winter Games. Overall, Muraoka took five medals in Pyeongchang, a record for the most medals won by Japanese winter Paralympians at a single games.
Muraoka finished her first run in the alpine skiing giant slalom competition 1.4 seconds ahead of the second-place skier. "Whether I win or fall, I am going to do my best," she said on her thoughts. With a cool head and determination, she sped down the mountain, turning without losing speed thanks to her confident technique to finish her second run a combined total of 2.71 seconds faster than her competitors.
"I am feeling such a mix of emotions － happiness, a sense of accomplishment. I don't know what to say," a joyful Muraoka told reporters.
Born in Saitama Prefecture, Muraoka developed transverse myelitis － inflammation on both sides of the spinal cord － at age 4, and has used a wheelchair ever since. When she was an elementary school third-grader, she tried sit skiing at an event in Fukushima Prefecture. From her very first try, she felt no fear, and never gave up even after falling over and over again.
Her father Hideki stuck close to Muraoka and spurred her on, joining her in wheelchair athletics and sit skiing. Muraoka began seriously alpine sit skiing when she was in her second year of junior high school. In 2014, when she was a second-year high school student, she made her Paralympic debut at the Sochi Games, placing fifth in the sitting giant slalom.
Muraoka is currently a member of the Waseda University skiing club, and trains with other club members while enjoying dorm life. "I couldn't have done this on my own," she said. "I'm thankful for everyone around me."
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