Nanako Fujita at 22years old she is currently the only lady jockey in the japan race asociation (JRA). has been active since 2016. has a career win record just short of 100 wins a record for female jockeys in japan. no family history in horse racing started in elementary school after watching on tv. i understand there are also female jockeys in hong kong and other far east countries.
Couldn't sleep tonight, so I got up early and tested the Fuji TV stream so I could watch Junk Sports later. They were showing a JRA horse racing show with three men and three women in a studio covering races ... one race was at Nakayama (a few miles east of Tokyo) and another was in Kyoto. During the closing credits they showed a woman jockey wearing silks that looked like a US flag ... I guess that could only be Fujita.
The next show was women's volleyball, the Haruko Championship ... is this college, amateur or pro? One team has a black girl, a telegenic six-footer ... she doesn't look Japanese at all ... the name on the back of her jersey is in Japanese.
pat hurst won the US junior amateur and the US amateur, also won the NCAA individual and team with san jose state univ.
20 years in the lpga with i believe 7 wins one major the ANA when it was the dinah shore. i believe 5 time solheim cup player with 4 of those wins.
of course she was inkster's assistant captain the last 3 solheims. currently also a coach at san jose state univ. i understand she is buddies with inkster as both are from northern calif bay area. i hope she does well as captain; also her background she is half japanese.
Pat vs. Annika during 18-hole playoff at 2006 USWO in Rhode Island ... thankfully, that helped to kill the Monday playoff in women's golf. I last saw Pat a few years ago teeing off at #1 at the Seaview Pines course during one of the ShopRite/Acer pro-ams ... Zak Austin was on her bag and she was only playing the pro-ams that week.
phil: with her win this week jockey nanako fujita is ranked 12th in the japan racing association JRA... her 101 career win and 92 win in the JRA... she is very attractive and appears to have more media exposure than hinako shibuno..
phil: japan has a very strong womens volleyball system... starting from the top there is the japan national team, in past years they have won medals at the olympics.. then there is the womens professional league which feeds into the national team. each team allows two foreign players... probably what you saw on tv... these foreign players are all world class players... then there is of course college and highschool volleyball...
one of the most talented players who recently retired is Saori Kimura, at 6' 1" an international star and helped the national team to bronze in the olympics...
phil: japan has a very strong womens volleyball system...
But Korea has a Hulk...
OK, her name is Kim Yeon Kyung, and she is widely regarded as one of the best players in the game. 6'4", I recall her giving the Chinese team fits during the last Olympics. And in the below clip, you can see her power Korea past Japan in the Rio preliminaries (the clip has subtitles, it's a good way to learn about her):