Nobuyuki Aihara

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Nobuyuki Aihara
Nobuyuki Aihara 1960.jpg
Aihara at the 1960 Olympics
Personal information
Country represented Japan
Born(1934-12-16)December 16, 1934
Takasaki, Gunma, Japan
DiedJuly 16, 2013(2013-07-16) (aged 78)
Takasaki, Gunma, Japan
Height1.54 m (5 ft 1 in)
Weight53 kg (117 lb)
DisciplineMen's artistic gymnastics

Nobuyuki Aihara (相原 信行, Aihara Nobuyuki, December 16, 1934 – July 16, 2013) was a Japanese gymnast. He competed at the 1956 Olympics and won a silver medal in floor exercise and a silver medal in the team competition. Four years later he won gold medals in these events.[1]

Aihara took up gymnastic at the age of 15 while studying at the Nippon Sport Science University. He was coached by his future teammate Masao Takemoto. In 1964 he married Toshiko Shirasu-Aihara, a fellow gymnast. Because of an injury he missed the Tokyo Olympics that year, and soon retired to become a gymnastics coach. In 1979 he founded the Aihara Gymnastics Club.[1][2]

Aihara died of pneumonia on July 16, 2013, at the age of 78. He was survived by son Yutaka, also an Olympic gymnast.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Nobuyuki Aihara". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ a b Slotnik, Daniel E. (July 19, 2013) Nobuyuki Aihara, Olympic Champion, Dies at 78. New York Times
  3. ^ 体操ローマ五輪金、相原信行氏死去 78歳 (in Japanese). Retrieved July 23, 2013.