Best Gymnast in the world

by Cap on June 23, 2017 - 3:05am

Do you know who the best gymnast in the world is? Probably most people have heard his name even if they do not know him well. Now he is the top gymnast in the world. His name is Kohei Uchimura. He was born on January 3th ,1989 in Nagasaki Prefecture. Surprisingly, he started gymnastics when he was only 3. I became his fan when I saw his performance in London Olympics on TV in 2012. Therefore, I will introduce Kohei Uchimura; his history, his style and what he learned from gymnastics.

His history of gymnastics is amazing. Do you know how hard to be first place in the world for 8 years? How is it possible? I have never heard people who did it except Kohei Uchimura. As I said he started gymnastics when he was 3. However, he could not do backflip when he was a child. Moreover, he was not a good gymnast. Every time he made a mistake, he was crying. I got message from his history that if you cannot do now, keep going then you will be able to do in the future. He took part in many championships and Olympics. May 21 in 2017, NHK championship was held and Kohei Uchimura entered that and he won. He won 9 times continuously from 2009. In case of Olympics, he won last 2 years. Olympics in London and in Rio de Janeiro. In case of Japan championship, he has won every year for 10 years. Why could he become a greatest gymnast in the world?

Why Kohei Uchimura’s performance attracts people? He said performing beautifully is the most important for him. We judge based on how moved when they landed or how perfect they perform. Kohei Uchimura is famous for good landing. I watch every gymnastics competition on TV so I know how good his landing is. Of course, top class gymnasts land very well but Kohei’s is more beautiful. I do not know how I explain but Kohei’s is different from others. This year he became professional. Until this year he was not a professional and he is the first professional gymnast in Japan. He said he became professional to get people to know the beauty of gymnastics especially to the children. I think he already did that He is a perfectionist not only as a gymnast but also as a human. His personality and character are also attracting people.

People learn something from everything. I have watched TV and it was about Kohei Uchimura and then he said he learned what should be as a person from gymnastics. I tried to understand how does gymnastics teach it. I could not find connections between gymnastics and what should be as a person. I used to play soccer and my coach always said to be polite and be thankful for your parents. We could play soccer thanks to our parents so it is natural that we appreciate. I learned like that and I feel it is a little bit similar to what Koei learned.

Kohei Uchimura is a great gymnast. People around the world admitting him as the best gymnast in the world. Now he is 28 years old and he has been performing gymnastics for 25 years. Since 2009 he has been number one in the world. It means when he was 20 years old, he was already number one in the world. All people know how awesome to be number one in the world for 8 years. One day he said, “I think I was able to be number one player for 8 years because I could keep performing my own performance.” I could feel his strength from his words. He also said he does not feel pressure whenever he performs. I wrote about him and maybe you understand more about him.


I know Kohei Uchimura. He is very famous player around the world. He makes his effort every day, so I respect him. Many people will usually keep their efforts during two or three days. However, it is difficult to keep efforts every day. Also, he takes only one meal a day, so I was very surprised. He manages his body day by day. I thought that it is not easy to keep a health. In addition, I thought that his character is great, so I think that he is loved by many people around the world. I hope that I will see him some time.

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