Introducing…Shizuka Takahashi

Profiling players from WW U18 Championship

31.03.2010
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Seven Bridges Ice Arena Woodridge Illinois United States

Japan goalkeeper Shizuka Takahashi. Photo: Phillip McCallum / HHOF-IIHF Images

Today’s incredible Japanese 3-1 victory over Finland was achieved in large part to goalie Shizuka Takahashi, who stopped 34 of 35 shots for her team. After the game she talked with IIHF.com about her life, her career – and her historic win.

How old were you when you first put on skates?
I was five years old when I first started skating.

Who is your hockey hero?
He is a Japanese player named Haruna. He plays for the national team and his club team is Oji Paper.

Why do you wear number 25?
The team gave it to me.

Do you have any superstitions?
One hour before the game I put an eye mask on and relax and stay cool.

Who is your best friend on the team?
All of my teammates are my friends.

How many brothers and sisters do you have?
I have one older brother who plays hockey on his university team.

What’s on your iPod?
I listen to a lot of Japanese music. My favourite group is called SID.

Facebook or SMS?
I prefer cellphone.

If you could learn a new language, what would it be?
Definitely English.

What country would you most like to visit?
Canada.

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
I have not met many famous people. Probably the most famous is a Japanese handball player named Miyazaki.

What’s the best thing about this tournament?
Today’s win, for sure.

ANDREW PODNIEKS

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