Twenty-one year-old Satomi Suzuki won two medals at the London Olympics: a silver for the 200m breaststroke and a bronze for the 100m breaststroke. Winning two medals is the stuff of dreams. But Suzuki, has another dream entirely. She wants to voice video game and anime characters.
Sure, Japan has seen Olympians become models, celebrities, and even Prime Minister. But voice acting?
Suzuki adores anime and video games. Reports say that the swimmer’s dream for a life outside of the pool is bringing characters to life. Her childhood coach recently said, “When we talked on the voice back in May, she wasn’t all, ‘I’m going to win medals!’ No, she was saying, ‘I’m going to be a voice actress!'”
According to The Hoichi Shimbun, Suzuki is more of “an indoor type”. Even at the Olympic Village, she’s been passing the time playing historical action game Sengoku Basara.
The swimmer isn’t content to just play. Via Twitter, Suzuki even befriend voice actor Ryuzou Ishino, who voices Chousokabe Motochika in Sengoku Basara 2. What’s more, the swimmer is apparently going to make voice acting inroads as soon as she returns to Japan.
Suzuki does have a good voice, so she does have promise — which could make her the first Olympic medal winner turned video game voice actress. Now that sure sounds nice.
聡美の夢は声優です！実はインドア派のゲーム娘…競泳 [Yahoo! Japan]