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Ayaka Kikuchi

Japan

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSJPN22806198701
NOCJapan
Born28 Jun 1987 in  Nagano
GenderWomen
ResidenceJapan
LanguagesJapanese
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.01 29 Dec 2015 Obihiro  
    1000m 1:15.12 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:54.12 22 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:01.89 01 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    5000m 7:13.69 18 Feb 2011 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000/10000m 7:56.31 04 Dec 2005 Asama  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/ayaka.kikuchi.5667  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age three.  
Club / TeamFujikyu: Yamanashi, JPN  
Name of coachAkira Kuroiwa [club], JPN; Johan de Wit [national], NED  
Reason for choosing this sportHer sister skated and influenced her to take up the sport.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Akira Kuroiwa. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2013)  
Hero / IdolDutch speed skater Ireen Wust. (Athlete, 30 Nov 2013)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Keep it simple." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2015)  
HobbiesGoing to cafes. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 12 Oct 2017)  
Famous relativesHer younger sisters Yuki, Moemi and Sumire have all competed in short track at international level, while their mother participated in speed skating at national level in Japan. Sumire and Yuki were also selected, along with Ayaka, to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Pyeongchang Entries, 2018; hochi.co.jp, 02 Sep 2017; sponichi.co.jp, 11 Feb 2014; asahi.com, 05 Feb 2014; nikkansports.com, 26 Oct 2013)  
Awards and honoursIn 2014 she received the Sports Honorary Award in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. (mainichi.jp, 28 Mar 2014)

In 2014 she was given an Excellence Award by the Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC]. (excite.co.jp, 13 Jun 2015)

In 2014 she received the Yamanashi City Sports Award in Japan. (yamanashi.jp, 20 Feb 2015)
 
InjuriesShe injured the calf muscle in her right leg in a collision with another skater during training ahead of the 2016/17 season. She was out of competition for about one year. (nikkansports.com, 15 Oct 2017; jiji.com, 18 May 2017; nhk.or.jp, 31 Mar 2017)  
AmbitionsTo win a medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 12 Oct 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships 500m3  
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps4  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps7  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround7  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships Allround8  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 5000m10  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 3000m12  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m12  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m13  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround13  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m16  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall16  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m16  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m16  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m18  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround19  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m19  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 3000m20  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships Allround22  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m31  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m9  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m10  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m13  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m14  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m16  
    2011/2012 World Cup 3000/5000m17  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m18  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m19  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m19  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m20  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m21  
    2015/2016 World Cup 3000/5000m22  
    2010/2011 World Cup 3000/5000m22  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m30  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m32  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m34  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m35  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall38