Tokoro Curling Club

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Tokoro Curling Club
常呂カーリング倶楽部
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Location Tokoro,  Kitami,  Hokkaido, Japan
Arena Advics Tokoro Curling Hall  [ ja ]
Public hall held by Kitami City
44°07′17″N144°03′22″E / 44.12139°N 144.05611°E / 44.12139; 144.05611
Host club
  • Kitami Curling Association
Information
EstablishedMay 2, 2007;16 years ago (2007-05-02) [1]
Club type Nonprofit organization
Sheets of ice6
Rock coloursRed and yellow   
Website locosolare.jp (in Japanese)

The Tokoro Curling Club (常呂カーリング倶楽部) is a curling club in Tokoro Town, Kitami City, Hokkaido Island, Japan. The club has about 40 teams, including a team "Loco Solare" (ロコ・ソラーレ).

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Background

Hokkaido Island, Japan and Alberta, Canada became sister province in 1980. [2] Then, curling was introduced to Tokoro Town as an outdoor recreation while farmers could not work in winter, and has been popular sport among people in Tokoro. In 1981, lessons are held by former world champion curler Wally Ursuliak. [3] The administration of Tokoro Town, later Kitami City, built public indoor curling facility in 1988, which is rebuilt as Advics Tokoro Curling Hall  [ ja ] in 2013. [4] But major sponsor does not exist in Tokoro because it is a small local town. As the result, famous curlers born in Tokoro has gone to other prefectures in Japan.

Loco Solare

Loco Solare a.k.a. LS Kitami
ロコ・ソラーレ a.k.a. LS北見
We win the victory with smile ☺️
Location Tokoro,  Kitami,  Hokkaido, Japan
Arena Advics Tokoro Curling Hall  [ ja ]
Host club
  • Tokoro Curling Club
  • Kitami Curling Association
Information
EstablishedJuly 2010 (12 years, 10 months)
Founder(s) Mari Motohashi
Club typeIndependent and multi-sponsored
Website locosolare.jp (in Japanese)
International medals
Women's curling
Representing Japan
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2022 Beijing
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2018 Pyeongchang
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2016 Swift Current
Pacific-Asia Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2015 Almaty
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2017 Erina
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2016 Uiseong
Asian Winter Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2017 Sapporo

"Loco Solare" (ロコ・ソラーレ), also known as the LS Kitami (LS北見), is a women's amateur curling team established in July 2010 by Olympian curler Mari Motohashi. The team is based in, and all the members are from Kitami City. The team got bronze medals at PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. [5]

History

Mari Motohashi, who was an Olympian at Torino 2006 and at Vancouver 2010 as a member of Team Aomori, [6] had also been one of such curlers. She thought why curlers born in Tokoro could not stay in the town. In the Summer of 2010, she asked two former curlers once retired, Megumi Mabuchi and Akane Eda, and two student curlers Yurika Yoshida [7] and Yumi Suzuki, [8] to join her rink named "Loco Solare," also known as "LS Kitami." At the press conference in Tokyo on 16 August 2010, she announced leaving Japanese national representative Team Aomori to establish her own rink in Tokoro. [9] It was hard to find big sponsor in Kitami City, but small ones increased slowly. But in September 2013, Eda left the team because she could not kept the balance of curling and her work pastry chef. [10]

In June 2014, Sochi 2014 Olympian as alternate; Chinami Yoshida [11] joined the team. [12] In the season of 2014–15, the team got their first winning prize at the World Curling Tour event; Avonair Cash Spiel. [13] In May 2015, Satsuki Fujisawa [14] joined the team. [12] After Fujisawa became the member, Mabuchi retired from games, but the team got medals as Japanese representative in various tournaments every year. In 2015, while Motohashi had maternity leave, [6] Kotomi Ishizaki appeared at Pacific-Asia Championships as alternate. [15]

Olympics

In September 2017, this amateur team won the five set match at 2017 Japanese Olympic Curling Trials against team Chiaki Matsumura. [16] [17] At PyeongChang 2018, the team got bronze medals. [18] [19]

Members

NameRoleJoinedLeftOccupationBornYears
curled
Throw
Mari Motohashi
(本橋 麻里)
[20]
Founder,
Captain &
Alternate
2010Office worker10 June 1986 (age 36)24 [6] Right
Megumi Mabuchi
(馬渕 恵)
[21]
Co-founder
& support staff
2010(Retired: Mar. 2015) [10] Social worker6 July 1983 (age 39)Right
Akane Eda
(江田 茜)
[22]
Co-founder
(Left)
2010Sep. 2013 [10] Pastry chef 7 July 1989 (age 33)Right
Yurika Yoshida
(吉田 夕梨花)
[23]
Lead 2010Office worker7 July 1993 (age 29)24 [12] Right
Yūmi Suzuki
(鈴木 夕湖)
[24]
Second 2010Office worker2 December 1991 (age 31)22 [12] Right
Chinami Yoshida
(吉田 知那美)
[25]
Third &
Vice skip
2014Office worker26 July 1991 (age 31)24 [12] Right
Satsuki Fujisawa
(藤澤 五月)
[26]
Skip 2015Office worker24 May 1991 (age 32)27 [12] Right
Ryoji Onodera
(小野寺 亮二)
[27] [28]
Coach2010Farmer13 December 1960 (age 62)
Junichi Kaizuka
(貝塚 純一)
Trainer20102015 Physical therapist
Tatsuya Omori
(大森 達也)
[28] [29]
Chief trainer2014 Physical therapist
& Athletic trainer
3 October 1973 (age 49)
Rentaro Suzuki
(鈴木 廉太郎)
[28] [30]
Trainer Physical therapist
& Athletic trainer
5 December 1986 (age 36)

Team

Season Skip Third Second Lead AlternateNational
Events
YTD
Ranking
2010–11 Mari Motohashi Yurika Yoshida Megumi Mabuchi Akane Eda Yumi Suzuki
2011–12 Mari Motohashi Megumi Mabuchi Yumi Suzuki Akane Eda Yurika Yoshida 265 [31] [32]
2012–13 Mari Motohashi Yurika Yoshida Megumi Mabuchi Yumi Suzuki (Akane Eda)171 [33] [34]
2013–14 Mari Motohashi Yurika Yoshida Yumi Suzuki Megumi Mabuchi 155 [35] [36]
2014–15 Mari Motohashi Chinami Yoshida Yumi Suzuki Yurika Yoshida (Megumi Mabuchi)52 [37] [38]
2015–16 Satsuki Fujisawa Chinami Yoshida Yumi Suzuki Yurika Yoshida Kotomi Ishizaki PCC [39] 20 [15] [40]
Mari Motohashi WCC [41]
2016–17 Satsuki Fujisawa Chinami Yoshida Mari Motohashi Yurika Yoshida Yumi Suzuki PCC [42]
AWG [43]
32 [44] [45]
2017–18 Satsuki Fujisawa Chinami Yoshida Yumi Suzuki Yurika Yoshida Mari Motohashi PCC [46]
OG [47]
11 [48] [49]

Grand Slam record

Key
CChampion
FLost in Final
SFLost in Semifinal
QFLost in Quarterfinals
R16Lost in the round of 16
QDid not advance to playoffs
T2Played in Tier 2 event
DNPDid not participate in event
N/ANot a Grand Slam event that season
Event '14–15 '15–16 '16–17 '17–18
Tour Challenge N/ADNPDNPDNP
Masters DNPDNPDNPDNP
The National N/ADNPDNPDNP
Canadian Open DNPDNPDNPDNP
Players' DNPDNPDNP QF [50]
Champions Cup N/A Q [51] DNP Q [52]

Former events

Event '14–15
Autumn Gold Q [53]

Other notable WCT record

World Curling Tour records other than Grand Slam.

ResultSeasonEventReference
Winner2014–15 Avonair Cash Spiel [54]
Runner-up2015–16 International Crown of Curling [55]
Runner-up2015–16 Karuizawa International [56]
Runner-up2015–16 World Women's Curling Championship [57]
Runner-up2016–17 International Crown of Curling [58]
Runner-up2017–18 Red Deer Curling Classic [59]

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