Mikiko Ando

Further Personal Information
Residence
Korea
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting in grade ten of high school.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to join the weightlifting team at high school. There was going to be a tournament in Okinawa, Japan, later that year and she liked the idea of getting to travel there.
Club / Team
Curious: Japan
Name of coach
Naoyuki Kobatake [national], JPN; Kim Do-Hee [personal], KOR
International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Paris, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing games, watching videos. (cnt-online.org, 09 Aug 2016; ichigo.gr.jp, 17 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Embrace your dreams. If you want to be a hero, you need to have dreams and honour." (ichigo.gr.jp, 17 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She received an Excellence Award at the 2014 Yomiuri Shimbun Japan Sports Awards. (city.shiroi.chiba.jp, 15 Jun 2015)

She received an Honorary Award at the 2012 Saitama Prefecture Athletics Awards in Japan. (hiu.ac.jp, 21 Mar 2013)
Other sports
She has competed in gymnastics at junior level in Japan. (sponichi.co.jp, 14 Apr 2012)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (nikkansports.com, 09 Aug 2016; mykoho.jp, 05 Jun 2019)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2018 she was appointed as an ambassador for Shiroi City in Japan. (mykoho.jp, 05 Jun 2019)

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