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Natsumi
Hoshi
JapanJapan, JPN
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
21 August 1990
Height
164 cm
Weight
56 kg
Marital status
Married
Residence
Japan
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Waseda University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three.
Why this sport?
She was influenced by her older brother.

International Debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Japan

General Interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Norimasa Hirai. (digital.asahi.com, 07 Aug 2015)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Injuries
In November 2014 she had her thyroid gland removed as part of treatment for Graves' disease, an autoimmune condition that commonly results in an overactive thyroid, subsequently causing fatigue. She had first shown symptoms of the illness at age 16. She returned to competitive action in January 2015. (The Daily Yomiuri, 19 Apr 2015; digital.asahi.com, 23 Jan 2015)

In March 2009 she injured her right ankle after falling down stairs. She was wearing high heels she was not used to. (asahi.com, 23 Jun 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Continuity is power." (Twitter profile, 09 Feb 2016)
Awards and honours
She received an Excellence Award at the 2015 Japan Aquatics Awards, organised by the Japan Swimming Federation. (tobiuojapan.org, 26 Jan 2016)

She was named 2011 Best Athlete by the Saitama Swimming Federation in Japan. (toko-swimming.co.jp, 16 May 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement in October 2016. (nikkansports.com, 04 Oct 2016)

NATIONAL FIRST
She became the first female swimmer representing Japan to win a long course world title when she was victorious in the 200m butterfly at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. (tokyo-sports.co.jp, 07 Aug 2015)