Saori Kimura

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Saori Kimura
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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
Representing  Japan
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2012 London Team
World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Japan Team
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 2006 Doha Team
Asian Championship
Gold medal – first place 2007 Suphanburi Team
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Hanoi Team
Silver medal – second place 2011 Taipei Team
Silver medal – second place 2013 Nakhon Ratchasima Team

Saori Kimura (木村 沙織 Kimura Saori?, born August 19, 1986) is a Japanese volleyball player who plays for Toray Arrows. She also plays for the All-Japan women's volleyball team and a captain of the team. She was a participant at the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2008 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 2012.[2] 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.[citation needed] 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.[3]

On 3 June 2013, Daikin (which is a sponsor of Galatasaray Daikin) announced that Kimura will move to Galatasaray Daikin next season.[4]

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

In 2017, Kimura embarked on a tour of Japan as a musician, joined by 3776 producer Ishida Akira, who composed several original songs for her.

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]

Saori Kimura at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

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

Discography[edit]

CD singles[edit]

  • Caught Out / No Mark
  • Setter / Over Times
  • Tanoshii yo?

All singles were released as venue-exclusive CD-Rs on Kimura's nationwide tour, held February of 2017.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
China Yang Hao
Best Server of
FIVB World Grand Prix

2008
Succeeded by
Netherlands Manon Flier