Uno, Ouriashev prove to be winning combination
Japanese prodigy has sought out coach last two years for jump expertise
Posted 8/22/17 by Philip Hersh, special to icenetwork
Since bringing Alex Ouriashev into his corner, Shoma Uno has become a masterful jumper – and a true contender for the Olympic gold medal. -Philip Hersh
It was a perfect mid-August morning, sunny and dry with a temperature in the low 80s. On such a summer day, most people would do anything to get outdoors.
That is where field hockey player Itsuki Uno, 15, and his father, Hiroki, were going to be. They were headed for the golf course, just as they had almost every day during the Uno family’s three-week stay in the Chicago suburbs.
Itsuki’s older brother, Shoma, 19, would not be in the golfing party.“I don’t particularly like being outdoors,” Uno said through an interpreter, with a sly grin that needed no translation.