Japanese snowboarder Noboru Harada won the first medal for his country on the second day at the 2015 Winter Deaflympics, after finishing first in men’s parallel giant slalom. Russia maintained its first place in the medal table, as winning two more gold.
Japan jumped to third place in the medal table, thanks to Harada’s gold medal, following the United States. “I was a bit disappointed, because I took third place in qualifications. However, I’m very happy to win a gold medal in finals at my third Winter Deaflympics since 2003. Thank you for the support from my home fans in Japan,” he said in a video message, sent from Russia.
Russia’s two gold came from men’s cross-country relay and women’s snowboarding. Maria Vadimovna Kapustkina earned a gold medal in parallel giant slalom.
“I can’t believe I won a gold medal. The final with a participant from Finland was very difficult. Now I am very happy! But I am not ready to rest – I still have come plans for other competition. I would not object to win one more medal,” she said in the interview.
Finnish Emma Cecilia Hanhikoski claimed silver which was the first medal for her country, following Kapustkina at the 2015 event. China also gained the first medal, after finishing third in men’s cross-country relay.