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Student’s sister skates in Olympics

By Anna Zetterberg
Assistant Managing Editor

At 20 years old, Biba Sakurai is an Olympic short-track speed-skater representing Japan. But Sakurai’s age isn’t the only connection she has with students of Palm Beach Atlantic University. She is also the sister of PBA student Toma Sakurai.

Biba and Toma Sakurai

“I did not feel like she was in the Olympics until I watched her on TV,” Toma said. “When I saw her name and the game, it really hit me that she is an Olympian and the Olympics are only held every four years.”

Biba Sakurai has been skating since first grade. At 5 years old, she began figure skating but changed her focus to short-track skating after being scouted by a coach. She gave it a try and fell in love with the adrenaline-filled, fast-paced sport. Continue reading

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