Ayumu Hirano is a Japanese personality who was a three-time Olympic medalist in snowboarding and Olympic skateboarding. He is one of the well-established, prestigious and well-known Japanese personalities who came into the limelight with his stunning performance at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. He was the silver medal winner in the superpipe at the Winter X Games 2013 XVII.
Ayumu received the silver medal at the age of 14 and made history as the youngest medalist in X Games history. He later won the silver medal in halfpipe at the 2014 Winter Olympics and later at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He is currently in the news for winning the gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. He has also been a standout competitor at the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics in skateboarding.
Ayumu Hirano was born and raised in a small coastal town called Murakami in the snowy region of Japan. His mother called him Ayumu because the literal meaning of this word is “walk the dream”. She wanted him to pursue his dream and walk the path to completion with the tenacity to make all his dreams come true. Ayumu’s father’s name is Hidenori.
Hidenori is also a surfer who eventually opened a surf shop and burst into the limelight when he opened the skate park called Nihonkai Skate Park, which was available from scratch in his hometown of Murakami.
The father started the surf shop with the thought that one day his son would start to love the game and run the game professionally. However, Ayumu didn’t particularly like surfing. Instead, he developed his passion for skateboarding and followed in the footsteps of his older brother named Eiju who is almost 3 years older than him.
Ayumu Hirano’s career
Ayumu made his international debut for the first time in March 2011. He won the Burton US Junior Open competition for the first time. Up to this age he followed his mentor Kazuhiro Kokubo. His older brother took part in the event and took seventh place.
In 2012, record breaker Ayumu Hirano was invited to Burton High Fives, an event then held in New Zealand where Ayumu won the gold medal at the age of 13. Later in 2013 he was invited to compete at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado (the biggest non-Olympic snowboarding event).
There, Ayumu won a silver medal at the event, and at the time he was only 14 years old, finishing behind Shaun White. With this performance, he stepped into the limelight and garnered a huge following. Later, Ayumu started participating in various events. Some of these included the Burton European Open (where he placed first), the Burton US Open (where he placed second), the Oakley Arctic Challenge (where he placed third) and later he became the 2012 Halfpipe World Tour CHampion . 13. With all these achievements he became the youngest rider. In 2014, Ayumu won a silver medal, finishing behind Iouri Podladtchikov, the performer from Switzerland.
Breakthrough performance in the 2022 Olympic winter
Hirano recently won the halfpipe event at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. He was first involved in the sparked controversy when judging his successful second run. He scored a total of 91 points in heat two, which was one of his unprecedented feats, including a triple cork that had never before landed in the Olympics. Hirano later repeated his exceptional performance in the third round. He made a successful attempt to land a “too dangerous” triple cork. He won the gold medal with it. With this feat, he became one of the first Olympians to win the gold medal in snowboarding in Japan, specifically at the Winter Olympics. He was also the first Japanese athlete to win an Olympic medal three times in a row.
Biography of Ayumu Hirano
|Real name||Ayumu Hirano|
|date of birth||November 29, 1998|
|Age (as of 2022)||23 years|
|place of birth||Murakami, Niigata, Japan|
|height||in feet inches – 5′ 5” – in centimeters – 165 cm|
|Weight||in kilograms – 50kg – in pounds – 110 pounds|
|shoe size||6.5 (US)|
|eye color||dark brown|
|Who is Ayumu Hirano’s girlfriend?||none|
Ayumu is not romantically involved with anyone. He’s more focused on his career. It seems his career is more important than anything else in his life. He’s been in the news recently for his participation in the 2022 Winter Olympics, where he won a gold medal.
The net worth of Ayumu Hirano
What is certain is that Ayumu Hirano earns millions. He has been sponsored by Burton since he was a fourth grader. He has to be involved with various companies and sponsors, resulting in a high-profile platform. However, he has not disclosed details of his net worth.
Facts About Ayumu Hirano
- Ayumu started skateboarding at the age of 4 and then switched to snowboarding almost half a year later.
- Ayumu once said in his interview that he couldn’t remember exactly when he started snowboarding, but he was too young at the time and it all came naturally for him.
- He managed to become part of a skateboarding team called “e-Yume Kids”, which itself means “big dream kids”. He joined the team at Nihonkai Skate Park and thereby appeared in the skateboard competitions.
- There was no half pipe near his home and his father had to travel with Hirano to drive him to Yokone Ski Resort in Yamagata Prefecture where he could compete in the official permanent half pipe in Japan.
- The half pipe was 4 meters narrower than the world standard half pipe.
- Ayumu received the support of Burton (the leading snowboard brand) who has sponsored Hirano since he was a fourth grader.