Ai Ōtomo

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Ai Ōtomo
Personal information
Full name Ai Ōtomo
Nickname You
Born (1982-03-24)March 24, 1982
Sendai, Miyagi, Japan
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb)[1]
Spike 310cm
Volleyball information
Position Middle Blocker
National team
Japan women's national volleyball team
Ai Ōtomo
Medal record
Women's Volleyball
Competitor for Japan
Olympic Games
Bronze 2012 London Team
World Championship
Bronze 2010 Japan Team
World Grand Champions Cup
Bronze 2001 Japan Team

Ai Ōtomo (大友 愛 Ōtomo Ai ?, born March 24, 1982 in Sendai) is a female volleyball player from Japan. Her name before her divorce was Ai Yamamoto (山本 愛).

Career[edit]

She competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, wearing the number #13 jersey. She took fifth place with the Japan women's national team. She played as a middle-blocker.

In 2006, she was two months pregnant when she had a shotgun wedding[citation needed] with Tatsuo Yamamoto, a professional beach volleyball player.

In 2008, Hisamitsu Springs announced that she would return to active duty.

In 2009, she moved to JT Marvelous.

In September 2011, due to a right knee injury, Japan Volleyball Association announced that she would not play in the World Cup.[2]

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she was part of the Japanese team that won the bronze medal in the women's volleyball.

In April 2013 JT Marvelous announced her retirement.[3]

On 8 August 2013, Ai married Hiroyuki Akimoto who is a Judoka.[4]

Clubs[edit]

Awards[edit]

Individual[edit]

  • 1999 Asian Youth Championship – Best server award
  • 2000 Asian Junior Championship – Server award
  • 2001 2000–01 V.Premier League – New face award
  • 2002 51st Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Championship – Best6
  • 2005 54th Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Championship – Best6
  • 2009 58th Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Tournament – Best6
  • 2010 2009–10 V.Premier League – Best 6
  • 2010 59th Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Tournament – Best6
  • 2011 2010–11 V.Premier League – Best 6
  • 2011 60th Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Tournament – MVP, Best6
  • 2013 62nd Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Tournament – Best 6

Team[edit]

  • 2001 Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball ChampionshipSimple cup icon.svg Champion, with NEC Red Rockets
  • 2002 8th V.LeagueGorm silver cup.jpg Runner-Up, with NEC Red Rockets
  • 2003 9th V.League – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with NEC Red Rockets
  • 2004 10th V.League – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with NEC Red Rockets
  • 2008–09 V.Premier League – Gorm silver cup.jpg Runner-Up, with Hisamitsu Springs
  • 2009 58th Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball TournamentGorm silver cup.jpg Runner-Up, with Hisamistu Springa
  • 2009–10 V.Premier League – Gorm silver cup.jpg Runner-Up, with JT Marvelous
  • 2010 59th Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Tournament – Gorm silver cup.jpg Runner-Up, with JT Marvelous
  • 2010–11 V.Premier League – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with JT Marvelous
  • 2011 60th Kurowashiki All Japan Volleyball Tournament – Simple cup icon.svg Champion, with JT Marvelous

National team[edit]

Senior team[edit]

Junior team[edit]

  • 2000 World Youth Championship – Simple cup icon.svg Champion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese Medalists in London 2012 Olympics". joc.or.jp. Japanese Olympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Japan Volleyball Assosiation. "山本愛選手の怪我による全日本女子離脱について" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  3. ^ JT Marvelous. "谷口雅美選手、大友愛選手、吉澤智恵選手、西山慶樹選手退部のお知らせ". Retrieved 2013-06-27. 
  4. ^ msn sankei news. "バレー大友愛さんと柔道の秋本啓之が結婚". Retrieved 2013-08-30. 

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