I am feeling bittersweet
This was the most unexpected news I’ve read lately! LOL
But congrats to Kohei!
He’s perfect! What else can I say?
His career so far is simply amazing, it’s hard in every sport to be at the top for years and in gymnastics is even more impressive because there are so many injuries and gymnasts’ careers are probably shorter than other athletes’ (even if male gymnasts have longer careers than women)… And I can understand being among the best on one or two events for a long time, but in the AA! He has high difficulty and beautiful execution on every event! I have no idea how it’s possible! The only reason I think he’s human is becasue he makes mistakes sometimes, or maybe that’s all part of the plan and he’s actually a robot (a cylon!)
So yeah, I love him and I was so happy and “relieved” when he won gold in London! He’s been the best for too long and I would have been heartbroken if he didn’t win! Also it doesn’t look like he has any intention to retire soon, so that’s great!
Plus he always has a great attitude in competition and cute manga-like hair!
My Favorite Sheep Jump!!!! The one that less I like is between S. Johnson and A. Liukina…..
I’d like to add this to the list of beautiful sheep jumps
The first and only gymnast to ever win a whole quadrennium: Kohei Uchimura, unbeatable from 2009-2012.
Clip of the comparison between McKayla Maroney’s vault and Kohei Uchimura’s vault. (Requested by: thesoundofsunshine.)
Holy crap, the height McKayla gets!!!!! My fave is still when she said she gets a good block because of the strong shoulder muscles she built walking around on all fours trying to be like Tarzan. IT’S TRUE. She is a monkey.
Requested by supermura
Interviewer: The Olympic gymnastics team members who obtained silver medals for the country are here today. Congratulations on your achievement.
All: (solemnly) Thank you.
Interviewer: Are you all a little tired today?
All: Yes (laughs)
Interviewer: First of all, we had asked people on the street to give their opinions about the London Olympic Games. One of the questions was, what do they think is the most touching moment? Let’s hear it.
Couple: The Tanaka siblings’ handshake after the games.
Man: Uchimura’s stuck landing in vault.
Woman: (Uchimura’s) impressive vault.
Kids: Watching Kohei Uchimura perform!…Floor! Floor! (Because) he did a lot of twists and turns.
Woman: After he finished his floor routine, he looked relieved. That was the best.
Boy: His twists and turns are beautiful.
Interviewer: So that was on Uchimura’s vault, and the floor routine that earned him the gold medal. Yusuke and Ryohei, you both wear the expressions that say that Kohei’s performance was perfect. What do you think, Yusuke?
Yusuke: It was perfect, wasn’t it? I had goosebumps watching him.
Ryohei: It was exciting. Watching Kohei’s landings, I got the motivation to practice harder so that my landings will be like that. I thought it was great that (watching him) would make me think as such.
Interviewer: Great landings by Japan’s top member.
Kohei: Thank you very much.
Interviewer: It’s also touching to see the Tanaka siblings holding hands with their father.
Kazuhito: It had been awhile since we saw our father, so meeting him gave us a peace of mind.
Interviewer: What did you talk about?
Yusuke: I talked to my older sister (Rie), and she said that if she didn’t make mistakes during the Women’s All Around Finals, then I should treat her to yakiniku (grilled meat). If she made mistakes, then she would treat. It will be a feast.
Interviewer: We would also like to hear what Team Japan thought was a touching moment.
Kazuhito: My high bar performance in the All Around Finals.
Kohei: Yusuke on still rings during the Team Finals. It wasn’t really about his great performance, but I thought it was touching how much he has become stronger.
Yusuke: For a superstar to praise me like that, I feel happy.
Ryohei: For me too, it was Yusuke’s landing from still rings. His triumphant expression had his chin jut out all strong (laughs). It was powerful.
Yusuke: My chin came out like that unconsciously!
Interviewer: What about you, Yusuke?
Yusuke: When Kohei won and the Japanese anthem played during the victory ceremony - to hear it in London - it was really emotional.
“The society’s perception of the gold medalist, Kohei Uchimura”
Woman: He’s cool! Because he only smiles when he feels happy.
Woman1: He looks like a hardworking person.
Man: He’s refreshing.
Woman2: He seems too good to be true.
Boy: Kind, handsome and big-hearted.
Man1: He doesn’t cave in to pressure, it’s great. The bookmaker’s odds of him winning is 1.25, right? That’s a first since Symboli Rudolf (a famous Japanese racehorse).
Woman3: Uchimura-kun, you can still work harder, right?
Interviewer: These are questions relating to Uchimura’s image. About still working hard…
Kohei: Yes, I want to work hard until I reach my limit. But honestly, my age now is at the peak of gymnastics - from now on, my body may not be as good but I don’t want people to see that. If I can, I want to maintain my strength and see how far my body can take it.
Interviewer: How about “Hardwoking, cool and refreshing”…?
Kohei: People considered this too much, didn’t they?
Interviewer: What do his teammates think? Does he possess these qualities?
Interviewer: He must have done something kind, surely.
Ryohei: His indirect kindness is like when he takes care of our discipline. I thought that was nice of him.
Interviewer: Next, about the Tanaka brothers.
Couple: Good relationship.
Man: It’s amazing that the 3 siblings are in the Olympics.
Woman: I wonder if there’s any rivalry between the two?
Interviewer: How about that?
Kazuhito: We are brothers, but we’re also rivals.
Yusuke: At the next event, we aim for a one-two finish. Of course, I aim to finish above him.
Interviewer: Do you have a good relationship?
Kazuhito: We don’t have fights.
Kazuhito: When we first started gymnastics, we almost did. But we don’t want to use our physical strength, except when we’re practicing.
Yusuke: We also don’t have time to fight, since we’re always doing gymnastics.
Interviewer: The next one is about the team’s youngest member, Ryohei Kato.
Woman: Ikemen! (Pretty guy) Handsome.
Woman1: [Who’s your type?] Kato. Kato is good-looking, isn’t he?
Man: He seems like someone who cares about his appearance.
Ryohei: I put on face lotion after I take a bath. If I look through a magazine and thinks that a certain hairdo looks nice, then I will wear my hair like that.
Interviewer: Uchimura also took part in the Beijing Olympics, at that time 19 years old. Do you have any words about Kato?
Kohei: If we were to go against each other in the All Around Finals, no doubt he would be my greatest rival since he stands out the most.
Interviewer: Right now, Kato feels a little touched.
Kohei: Maybe he will walk down a path that is similar to mine…there will be a lot of pain, difficulties and experiences. Even so, I want us to overcome obstacles together.
“Team Japan was able to show beautiful gymnastics to the world. Now in 4 years time, towards Rio”
Kohei: We were able to do our best because of everyone’s support. Eventhough our team’s aim was to get the gold medal, we will work hard in 4 years and change the color of our medals from silver to gold. Please continue supporting us.
”I want to become an athlete who can perform without mistakes, and beautifully, no matter the timing, no matter what the circumstances. What I’m aiming for—what I want to express—is far, far above what I’m doing now, so I think there is a lot more to be done in those areas.”
While setting up for photos after the Olympic All-Around medal ceremony, USA’s Danell Leyva (bronze) and Japan’s Kohei Uchimura (gold) hold up their medals to the cameras. Danell drapes his arm over Kohei’s shoulder as they pose for the photographers. Germany’s Marcel Nguyen (silver) attempts to follow suit before holding up his medal; however, confusion ensues as he attempts to do this while putting an arm around Uchimura and dealing with his flowers at the same time. All three medalists share a laugh, put the flowers down, and lean in for a picture while holding their Olympic medals up proudly.