Japan’s silver medalist figure skater Shoma Uno admitted in an interview with Aichi Prefecture-based newspaper Chunichi Shimbun that he has no time for romance as he is too busy playing video games.
The topic of romance was brought up in the interview when the publication mentioned 2010 Vancouver Olympics silver medalist, Mao Asada, Uno’s inspiration to pursue advanced level figure skating. According to SoraNews24, one of Asada’s goals was “romance.”
“Romance, huh? I’ve got my hands full playing video games and skating right now. My interest in games is still growing, and I’d like to try entering a video game tournament,” the 20-year-old athlete said.
He was also quoted as saying that it’s not a sign of weakness when someone pays for in-game power-ups through microtransactions; it is simply another method of enhancing gaming performance.
Uno, along with fellow Japanese figure skater, Yuzuru Hanyu, won the top two spots in the men’s figure skating competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Feb. 17.
The athlete said he did not feel tense when he went out onto the ice on Saturday, despite it being his first time competing in the Olympics.
“I’ve been giving it my all in every performance this season. In that regard, there was nothing different about the Olympics, and that’s probably why I didn’t feel nervous.”
“Maybe it’s because the Olympics isn’t my ultimate goal. I’m still not sure what that goal should be, but every day I’m doing all I can to become a better skater…I’d like to forget about having won a medal, and start preparing for my next competition,” he said in the interview.
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