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Yumi
Adachi
JapanJapan, JPN
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
07 February 1989
Height
159 cm
Occupation
Coach
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - Kokushikan University: Tokyo, JPN

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age seven at the Athena Aqua Mates club in Saitama, Japan.
Why this sport?
"My mother seemed to want her daughters to be able to swim because she couldn't swim herself. When I was seven I learned that there was a day when I could attend artistic swimming practice in the club. Even though I wasn't doing anything special, my body was supple and I could do side splits from my childhood. Hence, my parents thought that their daughter had an aptitude for this sport."
Club / Team
Kokushikan University [JPN] / Fushinkan [JPN]:
Name of coach
Masami Hanamure [national], JPN

General Interest

Hobbies
Watching movies. (flameofsincerity.com, 17 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Masami Hanamure, Japanese artistic swimmer Takako Konishi. (fina.org, 09 Jul 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Artistic swimming is evolving at a very fast speed now. I want to work hard to stay abreast of that evolution, and I want to be a person who can create new things and continue to express new things." (fina.org, 09 Jul 2020)
Other information
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
She retired from the sport in September 2013 and became a coach at Kokushikan University in Tokyo, Japan. She returned to competitive action in 2014, and competed with Atsushi Abe in the mixed event at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation. "The reason is that I was simply interested in what a male and female artistic swimmer could do together, so I wanted to experience the mixed duet. Since I had retired for only two years, I felt that my body could still bear the loads, and the other main reason was that my respected teacher Masami invited me back. In addition, I wanted to be one of the first in the event, the first Japanese representative. That's why I decided to come back." (sponichi.co.jp, 19 Sep 2013; daily.co.jp, 19 Jun 2014; nikkansports.com, 04 Aug 2015; flameofsincerity.com, 17 Aug 2017; fina.org, 09 Jul 2020)

OCCUPATION
She has served as the head coach of the artistic swimming team at Kokushikan University since 2015. "There was a balance between my own practising and coaching the swimmers, which was very hard, sometimes I felt I was worn out. But, looking back, it was a very good experience, I think. Artistic swimming can be expressed infinitely in the water. That means there are endless things to do in the water and you may think that there are endless things swimmers have to do. Instead, there are endless things that can be expressed – that's what I've learned from coaching." (kokushikan.ac.jp, 18 Sep 2018, 04 Jun 2019; fina.org, 09 Jul 2020)

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