15 Facts About Ayumu Hirano


Ayumu Hirano is a Japanese Olympic champion and three-time Olympic medalist snowboarder and Olympic skateboarder.

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Ayumu Hirano won the silver medal in the superpipe in 2013 Winter X Games XVII at the age of 14, becoming the youngest medalist in X Games history, and won silver medals in the half-pipe at both the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and the gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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Ayumu Hirano competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo as a skateboarder, becoming the only athlete, who participated in all of the three consecutive Olympic Games in East Asia between 2018 and 2022.

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Ayumu Hirano was born and raised in a small coastal city called Murakami in Niigata Prefecture situated in a rather snowy area in Japan.

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Ayumu Hirano's mother named him Ayumu, which literally means "walk the dream", wishing him to become a person who would know the joy of pursuing a dream and the perseverance to make it come true.

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Ayumu Hirano's father, Hidenori, was a surfer who eventually opened a surf shop, and later made a skate park from scratch in his hometown of Murakami.

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Ayumu Hirano started skateboarding at the age of 4, and then snowboarding half a year later.

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Ayumu Hirano said he did not even remember how he started as he was too young and as it was just so natural for him.

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Ayumu Hirano belonged to the skateboarding team "e-Yume Kids" at Nihonkai Skate Park and joined skateboarding competitions.

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Burton, one of the leading snowboarding brands, has been sponsoring Ayumu Hirano since he was a fourth-grader.

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In 2018, Ayumu Hirano became the first Japanese snowboarder who won at Winter X Games Aspen after landing the first-ever back-to-back double cork 1440s in the Halfpipe history.

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Ayumu Hirano again took the silver in the half pipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang; with Shaun White of the US taking the gold and Scotty James of Australia garnering the bronze.

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Ayumu Hirano competed in Men's Park Skateboarding at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, placing 14th.

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Ayumu Hirano landed the first triple cork in halfpipe competition history at the 2021 Dew Tour at Copper Mountain.

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Ayumu Hirano became the first athlete to win gold for Japan in snowboarding at the Winter Olympics, as well as the first Japanese athlete to win Olympic medals for three winter games in a row.

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