Aori Nishimura

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Aori Nishimura (西村 碧莉, Nishimura Aori, born July 31, 2001 in Tokyo, Japan) is a regular-footed Japanese professional skateboarder.[1] Nishimura will represent her country in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Aori Nishimura started skating at the age of 7 and made her professional debut when she was in fifth grade in a tournament organized by the Japan Skateboarding Association.

Professional skateboarding[edit]

In 2017, Nishimura won the Japanese skateboarding championship. Furthermore, she was the first athlete from Japan to win gold at the X Games extreme sports event held in Minneapolis.[3]

In October 2017, three months after her victory, Nishimura suffered an injury to her left knee for which she had to undergo reconstructive ligament surgery and temporarily move away from skateboarding. After 6 months of recess, she returned to training in June 2018 and returned to competitions in July.

She was invited to the Dew Tour Long Beach tournament, where she was eighth among the eight participants. On that occasion she expressed his dissatisfaction with the results obtained; however, that same month, she would achieve an evolution and take the silver medal in the X Games where Mariah Duran took first place.[4]

In January 2019, in Rio de Janeiro , Brazil , she was crowned world skateboarding champion in the contest jointly organized by the World Skate and Street League Skateboarding (SLS). Nishimura eclipsed hometown favorite, the Brazilian Letícia Bufoni, who won the silver medal.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • Bronze medal - World Skateboarding Championship (São Paulo, 2019)
  • Gold Medal - X Games Norway (2019)
  • Gold Medal - X Games Minneapolis (2019)[6]
  • Women's world champion of street skateboarding (Street League Skateboarding Tournament, 2018)[7]
  • Silver Medal - X Games Minneapolis - (2018)[4]
  • Bronze Medal - X Games Sydney - (2018)
  • Japanese Street Skateboarding Champion (2017)
  • Gold Medal - X Games Minneapolis - (2017)

Personal life[edit]

Aori has two sisters, who are also dedicated to skateboarding: Sana and Kotone.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aori Nishimura's official X Games athlete biography". X Games. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  2. ^ Wagoner, Mackenzie. "Skateboarding Is Now An Olympic Sport – And These Girls Are Its Biggest Stars". British Vogue. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  3. ^ "Leticia Bufoni e Kelvin Hoefler ficam com o vice no Mundial de skate street". Folha de S.Paulo (in Portuguese). 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  4. ^ a b "X Games Women's Street Results 2018". Girls Skate Network. 2018-07-21. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  5. ^ "Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word". Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  6. ^ "Women's Skateboard Street Results". XGames.com. XGames. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Teen skateboarder Aori Nishimura nabs women's title at world tour final stage". The Japan Times Online. 2019-01-15. ISSN 0447-5763. Retrieved 2019-05-27.
  8. ^ "'Joy and Sorrow 2' - more female skateboarding madness from Japan!". Sidewalk Skateboarding.

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