29 Nov 1998

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
SKB Skateboarding Men's Park 14


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Biographical Information


Mumu (Olympics YouTube channel, 14 Mar 2021)
Listening to music, skateboarding. (kinoshita-group.co.jp, 16 Nov 2017)
Athlete, Student
Sports Science - Nihon University, Tokyo, JPN
English, Japanese
Kinoshita Group [Japan]
His older brother Eiju Hirano has competed in snowboard at international level, including at the 2010 and 2011 junior world championships. His younger brother Kaishu Hirano is a professional snowboarder who won silver in halfpipe at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. (denverpost.com, 03 Mar 2013; fis-ski.com, 2017, 14 Apr 2021; olympics.com, 13 May 2019; olympics.com, 03 Jun 2021)
He has competed in snowboarding at international level. He won silver in halfpipe at both the 2014 and 2018 Olympic Winter Games. He took a break from the sport after the 2018 Games, and returned to competitive action in 2021. (bbc.com, 11 Feb 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 2018; thedigestweb.com, 26 Feb 2021)
In March 2017 he suffered liver damage and a medial collateral ligament [knee] injury after a fall at the 2017 US Open in Vail, CO, United States of America. He took three months to recover from the injuries. "I was told I was a centimetre away from being dead." (olympics.nbcsports.com, 18 Apr 2017; sponichi.co.jp, 08 Apr 2017; mainichi.jp, 31 Jul 2017; olympics.com, 03 Jun 2021)
He began skateboarding at age four. (hochi.news, 22 May 2021)
He was influenced by his older brother. Their father Hidenori aspired to become a professional surfer and has run a skate park in Murakami, Niigata Prefecture. "Ever since I was little, my father built an environment for me to get involved in both snowboard and skateboard, so they have always been very interlinked for me. I guess these early experiences have given me that edge up in the air." (Olympics YouTube channel, 14 Mar 2021; olympics.com, 03 Jun 2021; hochi.news, 22 May 2021)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Olympics YouTube channel, 14 Mar 2021; asahi.com, 09 May 2021)
In 2014 he received the Niigata Prefecture Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (yomiuri.co.jp, 21 Feb 2014)

In 2014 he received the Murakami City Sports Special Honorary Award in Japan. (city.murakami.lg.jp, 11 Feb 2014)

He was given a Special Achievement Award at the 2013 Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC] Sports Award. (ski-japan.or.jp, 09 Jun 2014)

General Interest

Preferred stance
Goofy (theboardr.com, 2021)

He decided to focus on skateboarding after winning his second Olympic medal in snowboarding at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I took up skateboarding at the same time I began snowboarding. I was attracted to take on a new challenge by the news that it was included on the programme for the 2020 Olympics. This challenge will also be for my personal growth. Actually, the two sports look very similar in appearance, but they are totally different. So I never assumed that I would be good at skateboarding just because I can do snowboarding. For example, it is like a baseball player who tries to get involved in basketball. I know that I have to start from scratch and need to think about how to reach the top. As I have participated at two editions of the Olympic Winter Games, no one understands how tough it is to compete there more than I do. I couldn't even become number one when I only concentrated on snowboarding." (nikkansports.com, 23 May 2021; Asahi Shinbun YouTube channel, 13 Nov 2018)

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