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12月14日号 トランポリン森選手、日本勢個人初V 五輪へ

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leap (→leapt)
跳ぶ(こと)
glory
栄誉
win
優勝する、獲得する
event
種目
Trampoline Gymnastics ... Championships
世界トランポリン競技選手権大会(後出 Ariake ... Centre は有明体操競技場)
secure a berth
出場権を得る(写真説明の secure a spot も同意)
skill
技(ここでは跳躍)
in succession
連続して
execution
出来栄え(後出 execute は行う)
horizontal displacement
(ここでは)移動(中心部への正確な着地が評価される)
qualifier
予選
games
五輪のこと
competitive mettle
(ここでは)勝負強さ
somersault
宙返り
specialty
得意(技)
encounter
出合い
hook ~ on ...
~を…に夢中にさせる
favorite
優勝候補
compete
(ここでは)出場する
promising
(ここでは)有力な
costly
手痛い
crucial
(ここでは)必要な
pinnacle
頂点
venue
会場

Leap for Glory   

Mori Hikaru made history for Japan on Dec. 1 by winning the women's individual event at the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in the capital to secure a berth at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Mori, 20, is the first Japanese athlete to win the gold medal in an individual trampolining event at the world championships.

In individual contests, points are awarded for 10 skills performed in succession, which are calculated from scores given based on difficulty, execution, "time of flight" and horizontal displacement.

Before her victory at the event, a qualifier for the 2020 Games, Mori said, "I'm taking it home today." She then showed her competitive mettle, executing 10 skills including two types of triple somersault — her specialty.

Growing up in Tokyo's Adachi Ward, she was 4 when an encounter with a trampoline hooked her on the sport. At 14 she got attention as the youngest ever winner of the women's individual event at the national trampoline championships.

With her sights on the Olympics, she left her home and friends to study in Kanazawa, Japan's center of elite trampolining, from the autumn of her first year of high school.

Mori felt the pressure of entering the world championships as a favorite. She had several sleepless nights in the month before competing. After winning, she waved to family and friends in the stands at Ariake Gymnastics Centre, then leapt with joy.

Mori scored 55.860 points overall. But other promising athletes made costly mistakes, so such a score may not guarantee victory at the Olympics. Maruyama Akiko, Mori's coach for the last 4 years, sees 57 points as crucial for Olympic gold.

Looking to the future, Mori said, "I'll do my all, and give my best performance at the Olympics." Next summer, she'll aim for the pinnacle at this same venue.

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