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 medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Japan Team
World Grand Champions Cup
Bronze medal – third place 2001 Japan Team

Ai Ōtomo (大友 愛 Ōtomo Ai ?, born March 24, 1982) is a Japanese volleyball player. 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 married 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 indoor 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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