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Natsumi Hoshi, bronze medalist at the London Olympics, meets with President Kamata
"I won't be satisfied with bronze. I will work hard to win gold in 4 years."

Natsumi smiles as she holds her medal

Natsumi Hoshi (Swimming Team; 4th year student at the School of Sport Sciences) is the first female student at Waseda University to become an Olympic medalist while studying at university. On September 12th, Natsumi met with President Kaoru Kamata at Okuma Auditorium on Waseda Campus in order to report on her performance at the London Olympics.

Natsumi conversed with President Kamata on topics such as her graduate thesis. She stated that her performance at the Olympics was due to support from the Japan Swimming Federation and the Japan Institute of Sports Science (JISS). "I want to deeply consider how such support helped me," said Natsumi. "By reflecting on my unique experience as an Olympic athlete, it may be beneficial to my personal growth or to the future of swimming instruction if I can document my experiences in my graduate thesis."

President Kamata expressed his heightened hopes for the next Olympics with the following message of encouragement for Natsumi: "University sports are about more than just winning. They contribute to personal growth and to raising the level of sports in Japan. I hope that Natsumi will be a positive role model for excelling at both studies and sports."

Scene from the meeting

Commemorative photograph taken after the meeting

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Natsumi Hoshi: The first female student at Waseda University to become an Olympic medalist while studying at university