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115: Kenzo Shirai

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2013 Floor World Champ, Kenzo Shirai of Japan. Copyright Toshiaki Fujii.

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This Week's Interview

Kenzo “The Prodigy” “Quad King” Shirai of Japan is here! The 2013 World Champion on floor, who did the quad as his last pass (because he’s that good), chats with Jessica about:

  • Upgrades on high bar
  • How he learned the quad
  • His challenge for the US team at Worlds
  • His favorite American gymnast.
  • His advice for Aly Raisman on how to master the quad twist.

Special thanks to our interpreter, Sho Nakamori!

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Follow Kenzo on Twitter here.

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Kenzo Shirai showing his absolutely perfect twisting form. Copyright Toshiaki Fujii.

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J
7 years ago

I love this! Great interview. Can’t wait to see what he does in the future!

S
S
7 years ago

Loved this episode, thank you!

Ker Ri
Ker Ri
7 years ago

Great interview with Kenzo-san, thank you! But one small correction: not all gymnasts dread the pommel-horse – the GB men clearly don’t, and Simone looked pretty handy at at!

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