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Takashi Ono1998

Takashi Ono - Japan

Takashi Ono

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Takashi Ono, Class of 1998, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

TAKASHI ONO was a team leader of a dominant Japanese Olympic team for four consecutive Olympiads: 1952, 1956, 1960 and 1964. His Olympic and World Championship total is an astounding 20.

Hall of Fame Acceptance Speech

1998 Induction Ceremony
International Gymnastics Hall Of Fame
Acceptance Speech For Takashi Ono

 

(Translation by IGHOF Board Member, Mr. Frank Endo)

"Good evening, Ladies & Gentlemen,

"I would like to express my sincere thanks to Mr. Frank Bare and the Board members of the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame for giving me this great honor.

"Since the 1952 Helsinki Olympics thru the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, for a period of 12 years, I was able to participate in 4 Olympics and 3 World Championships. During this period, I have met many wonderful people. I treasure this experience dearly.

"I would like to deepen my friendship and help contribute further for gymnastics. Gymnastics is a great sport that expresses beauty of movement, power and elegance, attracting people all over the world. Through gymnastics, I pray sincerely for world peace and happiness.

I would like to thank Mr. Frank Endo who has helped the development of gymnastics in Japan and my induction into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame. In conclusion, I wish the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame great success.

"Thank you."

 

Additional Remarks by IGHOF Board Member Frank Endo:

"I would like to add that I was invited to the pre-induction party for Mr. Takashi Ono in Tokyo on June 2nd. More than 300 people attended, paying $75.00 per person. This was a 2-hour standing buffet.

Mr. Ono and IGHOF Board Member Frank Endo.

"I represented the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and spoke about our organization. The Japanese consider the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame award as the 'Nobel Prize for Gymnastics.'

"Mrs. Ono could not make the trip to Oklahoma City, as she is running for re-election for the Japanese Senate for the 3rd time. If elected, she will become a Minister in the new government. She was also a gymnast and participated in two Olympic Games."

1952 OLYMPIC GAMES
Bronze Medalist:
-Vaulting

1954 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Silver Medalist:
- Team

1956 OLYMPIC GAMES
Gold Medalist & Olympic Champion:
- High Bar
Silver Medalist:
- All-Around
- Pommel Horse
- Team
Bronze Medalist:
- Parallel Bars

1958 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Silver Medalist:
- All-Around
- Floor Exercise
- Parallel Bars
- Team
Bronze Medalist:
- Vaulting

1960 OLYMPIC GAMES
Gold Medalist & Olympic Champion:
- High Bar
- Team
Silver Medalist:
- All-Around
- Vaulting
Bronze Medalist:
- Rings
- Parallel Bars

1962 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Gold Medalist & World Champion:
- High Bar
- Team

1964 OLYMPIC GAMES
Gold Medalist & Olympic Champion:
- Team

1998 Inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame

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