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Ayaka Kikuchi

Speed Skating JPN

Ayaka Kikuchi

Ayaka Kikuchi
  • Birth date 6/28/1987
  • Birthplace Nagano
  • Height/Weight 5'6"/ 134 lbs
  • Olympics 2014

Biography

  • Residence
  • Japan
  • Club / Team
  • Fujikyu: Yamanashi, JPN
  • Hobbies
  • Going to cafes. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 12 Oct 2017)
  • Injuries
  • She injured the calf muscle in her right leg in a collision with another skater during training ahead of the 2016/17 season. She was out of competitive action for about one year. (nikkansports.com, 15 Oct 2017; jiji.com, 18 May 2017; nhk.or.jp, 31 Mar 2017)
  • Famous relatives
  • Her younger sisters Yuki, Moemi and Sumire have all competed in short track at international level, and her mother participated in speed skating at junior national level in Japan. (hochi.co.jp, 02 Sep 2017; sponichi.co.jp, 11 Feb 2014; asahi.com, 05 Feb 2014; nikkansports.com, 26 Oct 2013)
  • Why this sport?
  • Her sister skated and influenced her to take up the sport.
  • Most influential person in career
  • Coach Akira Kuroiwa. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2013)
  • Hero / Idol
  • Dutch speed skater Ireen Wust. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2013)
  • Ambitions
  • To win a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 12 Oct 2017)
  • Awards and honours
  • In 2014 she received the Sports Honorary Award in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. (mainichi.jp, 28 Mar 2014)

    In 2014 she was given an Excellence Award by the Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC]. (excite.co.jp, 13 Jun 2015)

    In 2014 she received the Yamanashi City Sports Award in Japan. (yamanashi.jp, 20 Feb 2015)
  • Name of coach
  • Akira Kuroiwa [club], JPN; Johan de Wit [national], NED
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • She began skating at age three.
  • Languages
  • Japanese
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Keep it simple." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2015)
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