Celebrating Kohei Uchimura

Blythe Lawrence:

… back-to-back Olympic all-around golds in 2012 and 2016 (the first man to do so since Sawao Kato in 1972), six consecutive world all-around titles collected between 2009 to 2015 (in a sport where no other man has more than two), and 21 world medals (including individual titles on floor exercise, parallel bars, and horizontal bar.) …

“He’s my hero,” echoed Carlos Yulo, the reigning world champion on vault, who on his best days shares Uchimura’s crystal-clear sense of execution and extreme difficulty.

The Philippines-born 21-year-old, who trains in Japan, credits watching Uchimura compete at the London Olympics as a key moment in his childhood. …

In pursuit of perfection, ‘King’ Kohei created pure art
Japan’s Kohei Uchimura competes on the pommel horse during the men’s all-around final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Music professor Lasse Nettum created an original piece to accompany Uchimura’s horizontal bar routine from the 2011 World Championships.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

related – Magnastics – A History of Uchimura Kohei’s Winning Streak

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