Kenzo Shirai

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Date of Birth August 24, 1996
Place of Birth Yokohama, Japan
Age 24 years old
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Kenzō Shirai is a Japanese artistic gymnast. His many victories include the team gold, and an individual bronze on vault at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. More wins at majors of each medal type were achieved at most world championships since 2013 too.

Nickname(s): Mr Twist, Twist Prince (Japanese)
Born: August 24, 1996, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Discipline: Men's artistic gymnastics
Level: Senior International Elite
Club: NSSU
Head coach(es): Yoshiaki Hatakeda (club), Hisashi Mizutori (national)
Eponymous skills: Shirai or Shirai-Nguyen (floor): (layout) quadruple full, Shirai 2 (floor): forward triple-twisting (front) layout, Shirai 3 (floor): triple-twisting double (back) layout, Shirai or Shirai-Kim (vault): Yurchenko triple twist or TTY, Shirai 2 (vault): 3½-twisting (back layout) Yurchenko, Shirai 3 (vault): Scherbo into (back layout) double twist off
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About Kenzo Shirai

Professional gymnast from Japan who is best known for his competitions in both team events and the single vault. He is a part of the Japanese National Olympic team.

Before Fame

He began training at a young age at the Tsurumi Junior Gymnastics Club. He began competing internationally in October of 2013 at just seventeen years old.

Achievement

At the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics in 2016, he won gold in the team event and bronze in the vault final. He also currently has six skills named after him (3 each on both floor and vault) as he was the first to perform them in major international competitions.

Family Life

His parents were gym owners of the Tsurumi Junior Gymnastics Club where he began training.

Associations

As an olympic gymnast for the Japanese national team, he is among the ranks of other members of the team including Ryohei Kato and Kohei Uchimura.

Information related to Kenzō Shirai

  • Japanese male artistic gymnasts
  • Olympic gymnasts of Japan
  • Olympic gold medalists for Japan
  • Gymnasts at the 2016 Summer Olympics
  • Olympic bronze medalists for Japan
  • Medalists at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships
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Latest information about Kenzo Shirai updated on September 17, 2020.

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