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Sumire Kikuchi

Japan

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSTJPN21501199601
NOCJapan
Born15 Jan 1996
GenderWomen
OccupationAthlete, Office Worker
LanguagesJapanese
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    1500m 2:08.61 13 Nov 2011 Erfurt  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/sumire.kikuchi  
twitter.com/sumisatsu0115  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamFuji Kyuko: Japan  
Reason for choosing this sportHer older sister encouraged her to try the sport.  
Name of coachTerumasa Osada [club], JPN; Joji Kato [national], JPN; Keiichiro Nagashima [national], JPN  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began speed skating with short track at age eight in Japan.  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer older sister Ayaka competed in speed skating at international level, and won gold in team pursuit at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Her other older sisters Yuki and Moemi have both represented Japan in short track. Yuki competed at the 2018 Games and 2022 Games, and Moemi won bronze in the 3000m relay at the 2017 World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Her sister Ayaka's husband Keiichiro Nagashima represented Japan in speed skating, and won silver in the 500m at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and has served as head coach of the Japanese national speed skating team. (hochi.news, 11 Sep 2021; nikkansports.com, 28 Oct 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 10 Oct 2018; Pyeongchang Entries, 2018; hochi.co.jp, 02 Sep 2017, 23 Oct 2020; nikkei.com, 04 Oct 2020; nhk.or.jp, 16 Feb 2022, 21 Apr 2022)  
Awards and honoursIn 2014 she received the Nagano Prefecture Sports Honorary Award in Japan. (mainichi.jp, 26 Mar 2014)

She was a flag bearer for Japan at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. (minamiaiki.jp, 23 May 2012)

She received the Best New Athlete Award at the 2011 ABN Sports Grand Awards in Japan. (abn-tv.co.jp, 31 May 2014)
 
Other sportsShe has represented Japan in speed skating, and won bronze in the 1000m, 1500m and the mass start at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Feb 2016; fujitv.co.jp, 06 Aug 2020)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Keep growing, keep progressing." (Athlete, 04 Nov 2018)  
HobbiesWatching animated films and television series. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 04 Nov 2020; fujitv.co.jp, 06 Aug 2020)  
AmbitionsTo compete in both speed skating and short track at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (hochi.news, 23 Oct 2022)  
Other informationRETURN TO SPEED SKATING
She combined short track and speed skating at youth and junior international level, but began focusing on short track after finishing high school. In 2019 she took up speed skating again after joining the Fuji Kyuko club in Japan, which has both short track and speed skating teams. She focused on short track in the 2021/22 season, and also competed in the sport at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. However, she returned to speed skating after the 2022 Games with the aim of competing in both sports at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (number.bunshun.jp, 18 Jan 2020; hochi.news, 25 Sep 2021; hochi.news, 23 Oct 2022)
 
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2022/2023 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit2