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 notable victories include the team gold and a bronze on individual vault at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Although later an all-around athlete, he is still a floor and vault specialist, who excels in hard-twisting skills/combinations. More major-medal wins of all levels, mainly gold, also took place at the world championships since his 2013 debut.

Nickname(s): Mr Twister, 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 full, or TTY, Shirai 2 (vault): 3½-twisting (back layout) Yurchenko, Shirai 3 (vault): Scherbo (back layout) double twist
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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.

Kenzo Shirai 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 of Kenzo Shirai

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.

Kenzo Shirai Family Life

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

Associations of Kenzo Shirai

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
Latest information about Kenzo Shirai updated on April 10, 2021.

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