Three-time Olympic Champion Wrestler Kaori Icho visited Hiroshima University Hospital to cheer up inpatients on March 11th, 2016. Ms. Icho is a freestyle wrestler champion in the 58kg weight class pursuing her fourth gold medal in the Rio Olympics.
Ms. Icho spent her time interacting with the patients at the children’s ward and the rehabilitation ward, letting them see, touch and wear her three Olympic gold medals from Athens, Beijing, and London, and taking photos with them. The patients were very excited by this unexpected visit of the Olympic medalist, saying, “I’m surprised that the medal is heavy” and “I want to get well soon and go to her wrestling match!” Ms. Icho, who just recently finished training in Okinawa, said with a smile that she was glad to come. “I hope my visit helped to cheer them up a little bit.”
Olympic Champion Icho letting the patients touch her gold medals
Group photograph with Ms. Icho
Hiroshima University Hospital, General Affairs G, Management Support Office
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