20 year old Eriko was born with physical incapacity on the right side of her body, affecting her balance and movement. When Eriko was in preschool, she wanted to do things as other children did. Because of her physical condition, she could not keep up with her peers, this drove her to tears of frustration.
During elementary school, she started running long distance, but could only complete half the route. This improved in junior high – with constant practice and the support of her schoolmates, Eriko improved, finishing the entire distance.
At 15 years old, Eriko entered a special education high school to suit her learning needs, and joined her local Special Olympics in Gunma prefecture, participating in bowling and alpine skiing. She makes the best of her limitations to maneuver both sports. Eriko has a weak grip in her right hand and stiffness in her wrist, making it hard to rotate. When she bowls, she has to hold the ball with both hands, in order not to drop the ball. When she skis, her stiff right knee and ankle prevents her from performing some physical moves, like bending and turning.