Saori Kimura

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Saori Kimura
Personal information
Full name Saori Kimura
Born (1986-08-19)August 19, 1986
Yashio, Saitama, Japan
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Spike 304 cm (120 in)
Block 293 cm (115 in)
Volleyball information
Position Wing-spiker
National team
 Japan
Saori Kimura
Medal record
Women's Volleyball
Competitor for  Japan
Olympic Games
Bronze 2012 London Team
World Championship
Bronze 2010 Japan Team
Asian Games
Silver 2006 Doha Team
Asian Championship
Gold 2007 Suphanburi Team
Bronze 2009 Hanoi Team
Silver 2011 Taipei Team
Silver 2013 Nakhon Ratchasima Team

Saori Kimura (木村 沙織 Kimura Saori?, born August 19, 1986) is a Japanese volleyball player who plays for recent European champion Turkish team VakıfBank. She also plays for the All-Japan women's volleyball team, was a participant at the 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics. Her nicknames are Japan's future, Infinite Saorin (ニッポンの未来 サオリン無限大 Nippon no mirai Saorin Mugendai) and Miracle Saorin. She is so versatile that she can play any position.

On 10 July 2012, Toray announced that Kimura will move to VakıfBank Türk Telekom next season.[2]

On 3 June 2013, Daikin (which is a sponsor of Galatasaray Daikin) announced that Kimura will move to Galatasaray Daikin next season.[3]

On 5 June 2014 Toray Arrows announced her joinning next season.[4]

Clubs[edit]

Club Country Year
Shimokitazawa Seitoku Highschool  Japan 2002–2005
Toray Arrows  Japan 2005–2012
VakıfBank  Turkey 2012-2013
Galatasaray  Turkey 2013-2014
Toray Arrows  Japan 2014–2016

Awards[edit]

Individuals[edit]

  • The 12th Women's V.League - New Face Award (2005–06)
  • 2007 14th Senior Asian Championship at Thailand - Best Server
  • 2007-08 All Japan Championship 2008 - MVP
  • 2007-08 Women's V.Premier League - Best 6
  • 2008-09 Women's V.Premier League - Best 6
  • 2008 World GrandPrix 2008 Preliminary Round - Best Server
  • 2009 Korea-Japan Top Match - MIP ( Most Impression Player )
  • 2009 58th Kurowashi Tournament - MVP
  • 2009 15th Senior Asian Championship at Vietnam - Best Server
  • 2009-10 Women's V.Premier League MVP,Best 6
  • 2010 Korea-Japan Top Match - MVP
  • 2010 59th Kurowashiki Tournament MVP,Best6
  • 2010 Piemonte Woman Cup Tournament - Best Server and MVP
  • 2010 FIVB World Grand Prix "Best Scorer"
  • 2010-11 Women's V.Premier League - Excellent player award
  • 2011 60th Kurowashi Tournament - Best6
  • 2011-12 Women's V.Premier League Best 6

Clubs[edit]

National team[edit]

Senior Team[edit]

  • 2003: 5th place in the World Cup in Japan
  • 2004: 5th place in the Olympic Games of Athens
  • 2005: Med 3.png Bronze Medal in the 13th Senior Asian Championship
  • 2006: 6th place in the World Championship in Japan
  • 2006: Med 2.png Silver Medal in Asian Game 2006
  • 2007: Med 1.png Gold Medal in the 14th Senior Asian Championship at Thailand
  • 2007: 7th place in the World Cup in Japan
  • 2008: 6th place in the World Grand Prix Final round
  • 2008: 5th place in the Olympic Games of Beijing
  • 2009: 6th place in the World Grand Prix Final round
  • 2009: 3rd place in the 15th Senior Asian Championship at Vietnam
  • 2009: 4th place in the World Grand Champion Cup
  • 2010: 1st place in Piemonte Woman Cup Tournament, Turin Italy
  • 2010: 5th place in the World Grand Prix Final round
  • 2010: Med 3.png Bronze Medal in the World Championship
  • 2011: 5th place in the World Grand Prix Final round
  • 2011: Med 2.png Silver Medal in the 16th Senior Asian Championship
  • 2011: 4th place in the World Cup in Japan
  • 2012: Med 3.png Bronze Medal in the Olympic Games of London
  • 2013: 4th place in the World Grand Prix Final round
  • 2013: Med 2.png Silver medal in the Asian Championship
  • 2013: Med 3.png Bronze Medal in the Grand Champions Cup
  • 2014: Med 2.png Silver medal in the 2014 Grand Prix

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