Kohei Uchimura began training in the Ajinomoto National Training Center from the start of December. He will be coached by Hiroaki Sato, his junior in high school.
“After Rio, I actually considered taking a break from the all-around for a year. But as time passed, I realized that I couldn’t let myself suddenly become a specialist. I’ll compete as an all-arounder, and if I fail to qualify as a result, then I’ll look for a way as a specialist.
Of course I’ll lose eventually. But I’m not afraid of losing. I thought I had lost in Rio, and I found out that even if I had lost with that performance, I would have accepted it. I want to value quality over results from now on. I want to help the general public understand what Japan’s beautiful gymnastics is.”