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Olympics: 'Scary mums' powering Japanese figure skating

Published on Feb 18, 2014 6:28 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - Scary mums are the reason behind Japan's figure skating success, according to Olympic newcomer Kanako Murakami.

Japan's three women figure skaters at the Olympics - Mao Asada, Akiko Suzuki and Murakami - all come from Nagoya, in the Aichi Prefecture.

Asked how come the region, which also produced the country's first Olympic medallist Midori Ito, has had such success, 19-year-old Murakami had no hesitation.

"The mothers in Aichi are very enthusiastic," she said. "Some of them are very scary actually. It's not just the coaches who crack the whip but those mothers."

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