Two-time Olympic champion in all-around gymnastics uchimura Kohei from Japan may be retired now, but he still leaves his mark on the sport.
This week, announced by the Japan Gymnastics Association that the legendary gymnast, who has won six world all-around titles in a row, in addition to his Olympic victories, will serve as director for two years. The term begins in June.
The 34-year-old Uchimura announced his retirement from the sport in January 2022, but then made it clear that he wanted to stay close to the sport.
“This may be the end, but it’s also the beginning,” he said at the time, later adding, “I really don’t want to do anything else. All I know is gymnastics. Uchimura Kohei consists of gymnastics.
The 28-time world and Olympic medalist also spoke about his desire to devote himself to the sport that shaped his life.
“I am grateful and want to give back to the sport. I feel like I still have a lot to learn about gymnastics. I want to do more than perfect it – take it to a whole other level,” Uchimura explained.
• Long live the king: Uchimura Kohei talks sayonara about career – but not about gymnastics
The NCAA action continues after a stellar opening weekend
The NCAA women’s collegiate gymnastics season kicked off in style with an opening weekend where the 2020 Olympic all-around champion Sunia Lee and current NCAA champion Trinity Thomas register the first 10.0 results of the season.
The defending champion University of Oklahoma team had the highest score (197,925) and currently sits in first place. Rounding out the top five are the University of Florida (197,750), Cal-Berkeley (197,475), the University of Michigan (197,400) and Auburn University (197,350).
Here is an overview of the most important matchups that will take place this weekend. Eastern all the time.
Friday, January 13
6:00 p.m. – Louisiana State University in Kentucky (ESPN2)
7:00 p.m. – Denver, Fisk, Michigan
7:00 p.m. – Georgia, Missouri (SEC network)
7:30 p.m. – Auburn, Florida (ESPN 2)
9:00 PM – Best of Utah (Utah, Utah, Southern Utah and BYU)
Saturday, January 14
4:00 p.m. – Michigan, North Carolina
4:00 p.m. – San Jose state at Stanford
5:00 PM – Wasatch Classic, Session One (Minnesota, UCLA, Washington, Boise)
10:00 PM – Wasatch Classic Session Two (Cal, Iowa, Oregon, Pitt)
Monday, January 16
2:00 p.m. – Ohio State, Rutgers, Fisk, Georgia
3:00 p.m. – Oklahoma at LSU
ICYMI: Our full “From Vault” feature list.
This week we published a list of all the archive gymnastics videos we’ve featured on Olympics.com over the past two years – go ahead and take a little walk in the footsteps of Olympic gymnastics by clicking here.
From the vault…
This week we take a look at the women’s uneven parallel bars final from the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Romania Daniela Silvas she won the first of her three apparatus gold medals in the final against East Germany Dagmara Kersten and the Soviet Union Yelena Shusunova winning silver and bronze respectively.
On her way to gold, Silivas earned 10.0 points on the Team Mandatory and Final Routine.