My name is Atsuko Tanaka.
Ski Jumping National Team member.
I have been ski jumping since the age of 10. I started competing internationally at the age of 12, since then I have learned so much and had the privilege of travelling around the world.
When I was 13 years old I won my first international competition called the Continental Cup. Winning that competition also got me the title of "Youngest Female Ski Jumper to ever win a Continental Cup", and to this day I still hold that title.
Standing on top of the podium among other elite athlete athletes was the best feeling in the world. I will never forget that day.
Since than I have fallen in love with this sport more. everything in my life evolved around training and competing. For high school I attended the National Sport School, it made studying easier, being able to do most of the assignments online.
In 2009 I tore my ACL, MCL and meniscus in my knee. It was the biggest injury I have ever suffered. There were so many emotions at the time since the crash happened right before our very first World Championships. I went to so many hospitals and saw many doctors.
I stayed with my teammates to watch and cheer them on in the World Championships. When I got home I went down to Banff to see a knee surgeon/knee specialist. We got into surgery right away and 10 hard months later I was back on the ski jumps.
In 2010 I had the opportunity to forerun the Men's Ski Jumping during the Vancouver Olympics. Even though I didn't get to compete, I think it was a great experience.
Since than I went through many other journeys. Now, I am training hard to make it to the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
It's the first year for Women's Ski Jumping. We are making our debut, and I am stoked!
If you would like to help me reach my dream and help me through the journey of getting there please click on the link below and donate.