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Ryosuke
Irie
JapanJapan, JPN
Male
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 January 1990
Height
178 cm
Weight
64 kg
Residence
Charlotte, NC, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Japanese
Higher education
Law - Kinki University: Japan

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Osaka, Japan.
Why this sport?
He followed his older brother Shinpei into the sport, but initially did not like swimming. His mother promised if he still did not enjoy it after a year she would ask the coach if he could quit. However, she forgot to honour her promise. "I only had negative feelings toward swimming. I really hated it, and wasn't very good at it either. I am what I am today because my mother didn't ask my coach to let me quit."
Club / Team
Itoman Toshin: Japan
Name of coach
Norimasa Hirai [national], JPN

International Debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Victoria, BC, CAN

General Interest

Nicknames
Ryochan, Iriemon (TV Asahi, 05 Dec 2007)
Hobbies
Attending live music concerts, going to karaoke. (arena-jp.com, 18 Jul 2014; Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals [two silver, one bronze] at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (arena-jp.com, 18 Jul 2014)
Hero / Idol
Japanese swimmer Kosuke Kitajima. (Swimming Magazine, 11 Apr 2013)
Injuries
In 2013 he suffered a hernia injury. (sportsnavi.yahoo.co.jp, 11 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
He received an Excellence Award at the 2016 Japan Aquatics Awards. (tobiuojapan.org, 30 Jan 2017)

In 2015 he received the Osaka Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (pref.osaka.lg.jp, 16 Sep 2015)

He was named 2013 Swimmer of the Year by the Japan Swimming Federation. (asahi.com, 19 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (cyclestyle.net, 11 Feb 2017)
Other information
TECHNICAL PERFECTION
To improve his backstroke technique he used to swim with an empty water bottle balanced on his head. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 15 Aug 2010)