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Kohei Uchimura

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Kohei Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura
  • Birth date 1/03/1989
  • Birthplace Fukuoka
  • Hometown Isahaya City
  • Residence Tokyo
  • Height/Weight 5'4"/ 114 lbs
  • Olympics 2008, 2012


After six straight all-around world titles and an Olympic all-around gold, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura has cemented his place as the king of men’s gymnastics. Uchimura is the son of two competitive gymnasts and began the sport at age 3 when they opened a gym. Despite having five Olympic and 19 world championship medals, Uchimura has two pieces of unfinished business motivating him in Rio: a team gold for Japan and a second all-around title. Uchimura and his teammates had to settle for silver in 2008 and 2012, with rival team China taking gold. And if Uchimura can successfully defend his all-around Olympic title, he’ll be the first man since 1972 to accomplish that feat.
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Getting to know Kohei Uchimura


Nicknamed "Superman" for being seemingly invincible


His signature mop top haircut is often copied in Japan


Said he wants to win the team final because “Winning the individual gold would make me happy but the team gold means you get five times the happiness.”

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