team makes a charm offensive
The Japanese Olympic women's curling team is
better known as Team Aomori -- a successful outgrowth of the Aomori
Curling Club established in 1986. In 2006, this cheerful story of four
young women from a rural prefecture in Northwestern Japan competing at the
Olympics captivated the hearts of the nation.
Now with four years
of international competition under their belts and a new line-up, Team
Aomori is back and badder than ever. At the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Japan
is proving to be a formidable competitor, currently in fourth place with a
3-2 record in the round robin portion of the competition.
their athletic skill has greatly improved, the women of Team Aomori have
also launched an auspicious charm offensive. Mari 'Marilyn' Motohashi
releases her own model DVDs and stars as the spokeswoman in various
commercials. Team captain Moe Meguro has traded a short boyish crop for
long luxurious hair. Newcomer Anna Ohmiya -- just 20 -- wins the wholesome
award for spending her non-curling days working at the Aomori City
For those who want to learn more about the five athletes of
Team Aomori, check their official profile page. There you will learn that
Anna Ohmiya's special skill is "having interesting dreams" and that
Motohashi happens to be very good at "curling and waking up early." Both
of those must come in handy.