Today I am going to post about animals 🙂 This is a true story about Kido Shunzo and his horse Kyugun. Unfortunately, very few articles covered this story in English, so I would like to remedy this situation a little 🙂

The Olympic Games is the largest event in the sporting world and needless to say the greatest honor for all the athletes who participate is to win the gold medal. Here is a very touching story involving an Olympic gold medal. This took place during the equestrian event held at the 10th Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1932.

His name is KIDO Shunzo, a rider who participated in the steeplechase event. This is a very strenuous event in which riders have to guide their horses along a 32.29km course through mountains and fields containing 50 obstacles. KIDO took the lead on his beloved horse “Kyugun” from the start and had almost completed the course when he reached the final obstacle. The gold medal was just round the corner.

But then something unbelievable happened out of the blue. All of a sudden KIDO dismounted from his horse. At that time Kyugun was 19 years old, or about 70 in human years. His body was laced with sweat and he was almost out of breath. Under these circumstances, jockeys usually whip their horses to use the last of their energy, and it was probable that Kyugun would respond to this.

However, KIDO thought Kyugun might die if he forced the horse to jump over another obstacle. So, KIDO made up his mind to choose his loving horse over winning a gold medal. Kyugun stepped closer to his rider. The audience and judges reportedly shed tears to see a scene where it looked like Kyugun was apologizing to KIDO. KIDO later said, “I really realized I’m not good at riding a horse, and I feel very sorry for Kyugun.”

Read Full Article at Hiragana Times. Hiragana Times also is a great resource for reading Japanese. You can subscribe for a daily letter with a story about Japanese culture and history in English, Kanji, and Hiragana. Romaji version is available, but I don’t recommend it because you should practice Japanese.

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