Japan’s Olympic team

Mai Murakami
Hitomi Hatakeda
Yuna Hiraiwa
Aiko Sugihara

Two-time Olympian TERAMOTO Asuka misses out after finishing fifth overall. …

It was Murakami’s third NHK Trophy championship. She missed the 2019 competition (2020 was cancelled due to the outbreak of COVID-19) with a lower-back injury, which also forced her out of the world championships that year.

“The last three years have felt really long, with corona, the injury and everything else,” Murakami said.

“But through it all, I’ve been able to rekindle my love for gymnastics and feel like I’ve become a better competitor, a better person.

“I had a few hiccups today but I managed to win and make the team. I’m going to take tomorrow off but then I’ll be right back at it for the Olympics” …


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