A Teenage Ai Fukuhara | Before They Were Superstars

(BEFORE THEY WERE SUPERSTARS) (AI FUKUHARA, AGE: 16 DATE: FEBRUARY 2005) (SPORT: TABLE TENNIS LOCATION: AOMORI, JAPAN) Situated at the northern tip of Honshu, the biggest of Japan’s four main islands, is the city of Aomori. Back in 2005, a 16-year-old Ai was living and training here. Ai began playing table tennis at the age…

Candace Parker at age 20 | Before They Were Superstars

(BEFORE THEY WERE SUPERSTARS) (CANDACE PARKER, AGE: 20 DATE: FEBRUARY 2007) (SPORT: BASKETBALL LOCATION: KNOXVILLE, USA) This is the American city of Knoxville, home to the University of Tennessee. Back in 2007, Candace was playing for their women’s basketball team. I’ve grown up around basketball. Ever since I was born, I’ve had a basketball in…