Alerted by the intrepid Marketing Japan blogger, I looked up the story of the Nagano Olympics. Marketing Japan was interested in the scandals and particularly the massive debt the event racked up.

But I thought this anecdote was interesting:

The first Japanese gold medal was won in the freestyle mogul skiing event by Tae Satoya, a bleached-hair ski bum who had never won a major competition before and finished only 11th in her first of two runs. She was the first Japanese woman to win a Winter Olympics gold medal. In the medal ceremony, she disgraced her country by keeping her hat on during the Japanese national anthem.

via WINTER OLYMPICS AND JAPANESE ATHLETES – Japan | Facts and Details.

“A ski-bum” who kept her hat on for the national anthem? I like her already. You mean she didn’t go to a government-approved ski school and get her government-approved ski certificate? She didn’t have a proper job? What a role model!

Talking about the Olympics, when I mentioned the Tokyo bid to my wife, she said, “Oh, give us a break!” (“Yamate-chodai yo!”).