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待ちに待った輝く冬の舞台

家政学部食物学科4年Y.Y.さん

The Long-awaited Shining Winter Stage

 This is a story of the competitive ski club, which I belong to as a manager. In this club, we do alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and ski jumping, which are all sports of the Winter Olympics.
 In summer, however, the athletes change from the glamorous appearance of these winter sports. Instead, they only do strength training and running, so it is just like a muscle-training club. In fact, for the few winter months when there is enough snow to ski, the club members sweat and work hard to build their bodies together in the gym.
 For the first time in two years due to the pandemic, our competitive ski club was able to attend a winter tournament. I was involved in helping the tournament management and watching the events. The athletes, who had done hard training for two years for an unpredictable future, were all shining. An alpine skiing run is only a few minutes; cross-country skiing only lasts about 30 minutes, and ski jumping is just 30 or 40 seconds. But, these athletes have spent much more time practicing and honing their skills to be fully prepared for these short competitions. Their efforts bore fruit - out there on the snow, you could see how much they had improved from two years ago with their splendid performances – they really were beautiful to watch.
 The restricted state due to with the COVID-19 pandemic will continue for a while. Yet, in the few months left, I will try to help these shining athletes in the competitive ski club until graduation.

待ちに待った輝く冬の舞台

 私がマネージャーとして所属している競技スキー部。冬季オリンピックの競技種目でもある、アルペンスキー・クロスカントリースキー・スキージャンプを行う部活動だ。
 しかし夏季は、冬の華やかな姿から一変。選手は筋力トレーニングやランニングトレーニングばかりを行い、まるで筋トレ部。雪の降るたった数か月の冬季に向けて、仲間とともに汗を流し、懸命に体づくりなどをする。
 そんな競技スキー部にも、感染拡大の影響で2年ぶりに、本領発揮する冬の大会が訪れた。私は大会運営の手伝いや観戦をして、感動を覚えた。先が不透明な中、2年間の厳しい練習に励んだ彼ら、彼女ら全員が輝いて見えた。たった数分のアルペンスキー、たった30分ほどのクロスカントリースキー、たった数十秒のスキージャンプ。選手はこのわずかな競技時間に向けて、その何倍もの時間、練習を積み基礎を磨いてきた。その努力が結晶となり、数年前の大会のときよりも、美しく華麗な姿が雪上に現れた。
 まだまだコロナ禍で制限のある状態が続く。残り数か月、最後まで私も競技スキー部の輝く選手の力になれるよう努力したい。