Kohei Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura

Name: Kohei Uchimura
Name in Japanese: 内村航平
Born: January 3, 1989
Born in: Nagasaki, Japan
Event: MAG (Men’s Artistic Gymnastics)
Country Represented: Japan
Father: Kazuhisa was a competitive gymnast
Began Gymnastics: Age 3 in Nagasaki at his parents’ gymnastics club
Sister: Haruhi Uchimura is also a gymnast and is ranked 14th in Japan
Gym: Nippon Sport Science University, coached by 1992 and 1996 Olympian Yoshiaki Hatakeda
Coach: Naoya Tsukahara (an Athens Olympic Gold medalist), son of Mitsuo Tsukahara
Mother: Shuko Uchimura
First International Competition: 2005 International Junior Competition in Japan
Best Known For: First gymnast ever to win three consecutive All-Around Gymnastics World Championships – 2009, 2010 and 2011
Also Known For: Doing tremendously difficult routines, consistent, incredible form and graceful execution
Height: 5’3″
Weight: 119 lbs.
Hobby: Collects watches
Some of His Exceptional Skills:
Triple-twisting Yurchenko
Triple-twisting double tuck on FX.
Trained a quad-twisting double tuck on FX.

Kohei Uchimura – Unique Combinations and Skills

内村航平Kohei Uchimura – The Life and Times of a Champion

Rare footage of Kohei Uchimura growing up in gymnastics

Kohei Uchimura Triple Twisting Double Layout High Bar Dismount

Kohei Uchimura – Evolution in Men’s Gymnastics

Kohei Uchimura’s Gymnastics Career


2011 Tokyo World Gymnastics Championships – Uchimura won All-Around title for the 3rd consecutive year with a score of 93.631 points and by a margin of 3.101 points while battling a leg injury.
He is the 1st male gymnast to win three all-around titles and the first gymnast, male or female, to win 3 consecutive All-Around championships. Uchimura scored the highest score on 4 of 6 events – floor exercise, still rings, parallel bars, and pommel horse.
Uchimura qualified for five of the six individual apparatus finals (all except vault). He won his first world championship event gold medal on floor exercise as well as a bronze medal on high bar and the silver medal with the Japanese team.
2011 Worlds, Uchimura also won the Longines Prize for Elegance given to gymnasts who demonstrate remarkable elegance.
2011 – 65th Japanese National Championships – Uchimura won gold medals in the All-Around title, pommel horse, high bar and floor exercise.
2011 – Qualified for his 2nd Olympics


2010 – 2010 Rotterdam World Championships – Won 1st All-Around by a margin of 2.251 points in spite of a shoulder imjury. Also won 1st on FX and Vault. Japanese team won 2nd place team. Won 2nd on FX and 3rd on P-Bars.


2009 – 2009 London World Championships – Won All-Around by a margin of 2.575 points. Also won FX, Still Rings, high bar and Vault.
2009 – Appeared on the cover of International Gymnastics Magazine in December 2009 with the caption “Uchimura Rules.”


2008 Beijing Olympic Games – At the Olympics, helped win 2nd Team silver competing on Vault, FX, P-Bars and High Bar. Won the 2nd All-Around in spite of two falls on Pommel Horse, giving Japan its 1st Olympic medal in the event in 24 years.
2008 Tianjing World Cup – 1st FX
2008 Japanese National Championships – won his 1st National All-Around championship and 1st on FX and Pommel Horse.


2007 – Qualified to Japanese National Team
2007 Paris World Cup – His 1st major international competition. Won 3rd on Vault
2007 Bangkok Summer Universiade – 1st Team and 1st on FX, 3rd on Vault
2007 Japanese National Championships – 7th in All=Around.
2007 International “Good Luck Beijing” Competition – 2nd Team and 7th FX

Kohei Uchimura Floor Exercise Video

2011 Tokyo World Championships FX Event Finals

Kohei Uchimura Pommel Horse Video

2011 Tokyo World Championships – Pommel Horse during AA Competition

Kohei Uchimura Still Rings Video

2011 Tokyo World Championships – Rings during AA Competition

Kohei Uchimura Vault Video

Kohei Uchimura Perfect Yurchenko 2.5 Vault – Japan Cup 2010

Kohei Uchimura P-Bars Video

2011 Tokyo World Championships

Kohei Uchimura High Bar Video

2011 Tokyo World Championships – High Bar during AA Competition

Kohei Uchimura Articles

International Gymnast article: The Kohei Uchimura Story

New Straits Times article – Uchimura Seeks to Become the Ultimate Star

London 2012: Kohei Uchimura Can Bring Perfection Back to Gymnastics

New York Times Article – The Near Perfection of Kohei Uchimura

Golden Opportunity: Kohei Uchimura

Kohei Uchimura Photos

New York Times Kohei Uchimura Slideshow

Kohei Uchimura Tumblr Photos

Kohei Uchimura Google Images

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