Arthur Nory on how to Win
This is Arthur Nory Oyakawa Mariano
- Artistic Gymnast and a member of the Brazilian National team
- Bronze medalist for floor exercise at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
- Overnight internet sensation
You may not recognize him from this childhood pic, but we're sure you know exactly who we are talking about.
In 2016, Brazil became the first South American country to host the Olympic Games, the second of Latin America following the Summer Olympics in Mexico, 1968.
With the arena set on home turf, the Brazilian team smashed milestones by outrunning their past records in highest golds obtained and record total of medals in a single Olympic season. The next Summer Games will be hosted by Tokyo in 2020, and allow us to shot call a front runner: we have our eyes set on Arthur Nory.
Arthur stole hearts across the globe after receiving viral attention following his winning medal for the Brazilian team. Ethnically Japanese and Brazilian, his million dollar east-meets-west genes rewarded him in more ways than one. We managed to grab Arthur for a quick sec between his training schedule to share some insight on what it takes to be on the winning team.
Thanks for having us Arthur. Can you tell us a bit about what you’ve been up these days?
No worries. At the moment, I've been training a ton to help the Brazilian team qualify to the Olympic Games next year in Tokyo.
How did Rio 2016 change your life?
It was always my dream to be part of the Olympic Games. So, I always trained for that. My life hasn’t changed too much. The day after Rios Olympic finished, we started training for Tokyo. I am still training 6 days a week. The only change is that I am more recognized by people.
How was your stay in Hong Kong last time you were here?
I actually went to Hong Kong for an event at Fashion Walk. I really enjoyed my stay there, I was surprised by all the people who knew who I was, even though Hong Kong is so far from my home country.
Was it easy was it for you to transition from being a regular athlete to now a public figure? What have you learned about the effects of fame and success?
First and foremost, I am still an athlete, that’s my priority. But I’ve enjoy the experience a lot, it’s all so new to me. The biggest thing I’ve gotten from fame and success is that I’ve learned that now I have a much bigger responsibility to promote gymnastics.
What is the most rewarding thing about what you do?
I love what I do. So the fact that I can do this for a living is already very rewarding.
Coming from a mixed-race background, do you think both cultures are a part of your personality?
I’m more Latin, since I was born and raised in Brazil - I feel more Brazilian. Perhaps I’ve got the Japanese discipline though…
What does your ideal day off look like?
Going out with friends and eating a ton!
As a professional athlete, do you have any advice to give anyone who is considering a career in your industry?
Whenever your goals are strong and you've got the training and actions to back it up - it'll pay off. Trust in the process, dreams truly do come true.
Interview / Keefe Tiu
Arranged by Arthur Mariano & Ally Hoy