Hiromi Miyake

Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Student
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2000 in her third year of junior high school. She took it up seriously at Saitama High School in Japan.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching the weightlifting event at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Club / Team
Ichigo Group: Japan
Name of coach
Yoshiyuki Miyake [father, club], JPN, from 2000; Naoyuki Kobatake [national], JPN
General Interest
Hobbies
Going to concerts, relaxing in the bath, studying English. (ichigo.gr.jp, 17 Oct 2015; cyclestyle.net, 12 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
Japanese baseball player Hideki Matsui, her father Yoshiyuki Miyake. (joc.or.jp, 22 Sep 2006)
Injuries
She damaged a muscle in her right thigh at the 2019 All Japan Championships, so she withdrew from the event. (mainichi.jp, 24 May 2019; nikkansports.com, 06 Jul 2019)

She took a break after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in order to focus on treatment for a back injury. In 2017 she sustained a herniated disc in her back. (dailyshincho.jp, 29 Sep 2016; nikkei.com, 22 Nov 2017)

She suffered injuries to her hip and left shin in March 2016. (chunichi.co.jp, 21 May 2016)

In January 2015 she suffered an injury to her hip. (sankei.com, 30 Mar 2015)

She recovered from a muscle strain three months before the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (shidairen.or.jp, May 2013)

In 2003 she damaged ligaments in her right knee and was out of action for three months. Then she fractured a rib shortly after returning from her knee injury. (jump.co.jp, 31 Dec 2006)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I do my best to do what I can do now." (ichigo.gr.jp, 17 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Niiza City Special Honorary Award. (city.niiza.lg.jp, 26 Sep 2018)

In 2013 she received Aya's Country Sports Achievement Award in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. (pref.saitama.lg.jp, 26 Sep 2013)

She received a Tokyo Citizens Sports Grand Award at the 2012 Tokyo Honorary Award and Citizens Sports Awards in Japan. (news.searchina.ne.jp, 04 Oct 2012)

She received a Special Achievement Award at the 2012 Japanese Olympic Committee [JOC] Sports Awards. (oricon.co.jp, 23 Jun 2013)
Milestones
She became the first female Japanese weightlifter to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she claimed silver in 2012 in London. It also made her and father Yoshiyuki the first Japanese father and daughter to have won a medal at the Olympic Games. He won bronze in weightlifting at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. (gendai.ismedia.jp, 25 Jan 2013; sankei.jp.msn.com, 29 Jul 2012; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Oct 2018)
Famous relatives
Her father Yoshiyuki Miyake won a bronze medal in weightlifting at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, and has coached the Japanese national team. Her uncle Yoshinobu Miyake won Olympic medals in weightlifting in 1960 [silver], 1964 [gold] and 1968 [gold]. Her older brother Toshihiro Miyake has coached the sport. (j-w-a.or.jp, 11 Sep 2015; chunichi.co.jp, 01 Aug 2014; sports-reference.com, 2012; tbs.co.jp, 22 Sep 2006)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games. (ninomiyasports.com, 10 Jun 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She is a coach of the Ichigo Group's weightlifting team. In 2019 she began studying at the Graduate School of University of Tsukuba in Tokyo, Japan. (ichigo.gr.jp, 28 May 2019; ninomiyasports.com, 10 Jun 2019)

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