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[Consulate General of Japan in LA/JAPAN HOUSE LA/JASSC] A Two-Part Webinar "Why Resilience Matters: How Adversity Molds Us"

  • Wednesday, December 02, 2020
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, December 02, 2020, 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020, 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Webinar



Why Resilience Matters

How Adversity Molds Us

A 2-Part Webinar

Register for the Webinars Here

Join us for a double-feature webinar event with the latest updates onthe upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games featuring gold-medal caliber guests and moderators. For insight into how the Olympians have been affected by Pandemic-related delays, Apolo Ohno, the most decorated US Winter Olympian in history, takes the stage with surfing prodigy Kanoa Igarashi and World Champion Judoka Aaron Phillip Wolf moderated by David Ono. John Harper, COO of LA28, and Hidemasa Nakamura, GDO of the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will engage in a dialogue moderated by President and CEO of the LA84 Foundation Renata Simril in the second webinar offering updates on event planning and excitement leading up to the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo next summer and Los Angeles in 2028. 

Part 1 | Facing Setbacks Like a Champion

December 2nd
5:00PM (Los Angeles Time)
December 3rd
10:00AM (Japan Time)

Gain key insights into facing down challenges by hearing Olympians discuss how they tackle setbacks in a global pandemic. Natural talent can only propel someone so far. Inner resolve and the flexibility to adjust is crucial, especially after competitions have been postponed a year. Learn how the athlete’s mindset is universally helpful in meeting any moment.

Part 2 | The Power of the Games for Communities

December 10th
5:00PM (Los Angeles Time)
December 3rd
10:00AM (Japan Time)

Explore how planners work together across geographies to create an amazing Games experience for both athletes and fans – uniting the world and bringing together communities. With the Tokyo Games’ unexpected delay to 2021, organizers have had more time to focus on planning for a variety of scenarios, with an ever-present focus on the power and unity of the Games for their community and the world. And with a special legacy of Games in LA in both ’32 and ‘84, LA28 is working towards advancing that storied legacy even further in their ongoing planning efforts.

Part 1 Speakers

Kanoa Igarashi
Professional Surfer,
2020 Tokyo Olympics Representative

Kanoa Igarashi has been surfing for as long as he can remember. His dad first put him on a surfboard in Huntington Beach, USA at the age of just three. He took to the sport with natural talent, competing in his first surf contest (which he won) at the age of six. Since then, Igarashi, whose parents immigrated to the US from Tokyo, Japan, has taken the surf world by storm. At age 14, he became the youngest surfer ever to win the US National Championships for under-18s and that same year won the Governor’s Cup at the Surfing America Championships and took second in the King of Groms Championships. He was the youngest rookie to enter the World Surf League Championship Tour in 2016 and has won the U.S. Open WSL two years in a row in 2017 and 2018. In 2019, he won 1st place in the WSL CT at the Corona Bali Protected event. He currently belongs to the Kinoshita Group.  

Apolo Ohno
8-Time Olympic Medalist,
Short Track Speed Skater

Reinvention is at the core of Apolo Anton Ohno. He acquired and honed this skill over a decade of Olympic speed skating competition during which he became the most decorated US Winter Olympian of all time. Apolo continually adapts that performance mindset to support ongoing personal and professional growth. He has drawn on this acumen to become a global cross-industry entrepreneur, a successful sports broadcaster and television personality, a New York Times best-selling author, and a lifelong scholar inside and outside the university setting. Apolo harnesses these experiences to educate and inspire organizations on how to foster a sustained leadership mindset needed to overcome current business challenges.

Aaron Phillip Wolf
2017 World Judo Championship Gold Medalist

Aaron started Judo at the age of 6 at his grandfather’s suggestion. He won 3 titles the All National High School Tournament, Kinshu-Kikou High School Tournament, and the Inter-high Tournament when he was in his 2nd year at Tokaidai Urayasu High School. While pursuing his education at Tokai University in his first year, he won 7 consecutive Championships titles at the All National Judo Tournament, and won the championship at All Japan Junior Tournament, as well as taking the 3rd position at World Junior Tournament. Aaron has excellent power and stamina, and an excellent sense of choosing the right technique for the right situation. He is nearing to win in three different weight classes which historically only 8 people achieved. Aaron is a top candidate for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. 

David Ono (Moderator)
Award-wining Anchor,
ABC7 News

David Ono is the anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm, the top rated newscasts in all of Los Angeles. He also anchors Eyewitness News on KDOC-TV at 7pm.David joined ABC7 in 1996 and during that time has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti's earthquake and Japan's tsunami.  David has produced multiple award winning documentaries, two of which have made their way to the Smithsonian Institution.

Part 2 Speakers

John Harper
Chief Operating Officer,

John Harper is a business executive with a proven record of launching new ventures and managing complex projects from start to finish. In his current role, John oversees the Games delivery plan, and the organizing committee’s internal operations, including the development and execution of the committee’s short-term and long-term strategic planning. John joined the team in June 2014 as a founding member of the bid committee.


Hidemasa Nakamura
GDO (Games Delivery Officer) / Executive Director of Sports,

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Hidemasa Nakamura was born in Switzerland and spent his childhood in Thailand and the United States. After graduating from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo in 1991, he joined the Ministry of Finance.After studying at Harvard University Kennedy School, he worked at the Japanese Embassy in the United States and OECD in France. From May 2014, he moved to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, where he was responsible for planning and finance, and was involved in the formulation of the convention vision, selection of new emblems, and financial agreements. In June 2018, he assumed the position of Games Delivery Officer (GDO) and Sports Director, who oversees the organization of the Organising Committee. Responsible for preparing the tournament.

Renata Simril (Moderator)
President and CEO,

LA84 Foundation

Formed in 1985, originally as the Amateur Athletic Foundation, the LA84 Foundation (“LA84” or the “Foundation”) is a legacy of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Summer Games. The LA84 Foundation transforms lives through its investment in youth sport programs, infrastructure, research, and education across eight Counties of Southern California, and is a national leader in elevating the role that sports play in positive youth development.

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