Olympics: Gymnastics is a family affair for trio from Japan
News On Japan via taipeitimes.com -- Jul 07
The competition at the London Olympics is already guaranteed to be intense, but three Japanese gymnasts might have an extra source of motivation as they vie for gold medals: sibling rivalry.
"When it comes to competing, of course I don't want to lose to the younger two," said Kazuhito Tanaka, 27, referring to his sister, Rie, and brother, Yusuke.
"I'd lose my standing as the big brother," he said after a training session ahead of the trip to London, where all three siblings will make their Olympics debut.
It is rare for two siblings to become top-tier athletes, three is even rarer.
For the Tanakas, whose parents were also gymnasts and their father a coach, a common dream and strong work ethic runs in the family, 25-year-old Rie told reporters at a separate practice session.
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