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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

Biography

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

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Nicknamed "Superman" for being seemingly invincible

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His signature mop top haircut is often copied in Japan

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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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