Five-time Olympian Uemura retires in upbeat mood

Apr 1, 2014

Five-time Olympian Uemura retires in upbeat mood

Freestyle moguls skier Aiko Uemura, who narrowly missed out on an elusive medal in her fifth consecutive Winter Games in Sochi in February, said she was able to enjoy a “happy career” at her retirement news conference on Tuesday. “I was able to compete ...

Mar 27, 2014

Uemura signs off with victory

Freestyle skier Aiko Uemura signed off in style Thursday by winning her last competitive event before she calls time on her career. The 34-year-old Uemura, who won the overall World Cup crown during the 2007-2008 season, won her eighth moguls title and first in ...

Mar 1, 2014

Olympic champion Dufour-Lapointe triumphs in World Cup moguls

Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada, the Sochi Olympics women’s moguls gold medalist, won Saturday’s World Cup event. The youngest of three sisters who competed in moguls at Sochi, Dufour-Lapointe earned her third World Cup victory of the season and the sixth of her career. Junko ...

Fourth-place Uemura narrowly misses medal again

Feb 9, 2014

Fourth-place Uemura narrowly misses medal again

Freestyle skier Aiko Uemura suffered more heartbreak on Saturday as she finished fourth for the second Olympics in a row in the women’s moguls at the Sochi Games. The 34-year-old, who finished fourth in Vancouver four years ago after placing seventh, sixth and fifth ...

Uemura reflects on Olympic career

Feb 8, 2014

Uemura reflects on Olympic career

by Jack Gallagher

Freestyle skier Aiko Uemura, who advanced through the qualifying round in moguls on Thursday to make Saturday’s finals, is cherishing what will likely be her final shot at Olympic glory. The 34-year-old Uemura, who is competing in her fifth consecutive Olympics, finished seventh in ...

Moguls skier Uemura advances to final round

Feb 7, 2014

Moguls skier Uemura advances to final round

Aiko Uemura got her fifth Olympics off to a strong start Thursday, when she qualified for the final round of the women’s moguls although Japan’s effort was marred by an injury to ace Miki Ito during practice. The 34-year-old Uemura, who finished fourth at ...

Uemura vying for medal at fifth Olympics

Feb 5, 2014

Uemura vying for medal at fifth Olympics

Aiko Uemura took part in official practice on Wednesday a day ahead of moguls qualifying in what is her fifth Olympic Games. “I was able to get some good preparation done,” said the 2007-2008 World Cup moguls champion, after getting a feel for the ...

Uemura added to Sochi squad

Jan 20, 2014

Uemura added to Sochi squad

Aiko Uemura was named to Japan’s Winter Olympics team for the fifth time on Monday, when the Ski Association of Japan added more athletes to the squad it is sending to Sochi next month. The 34-year-old Uemura was one of four women moguls skiers ...

Dec 15, 2013

Uemura, Endo third in WC moguls

Four-time Olympian Aiko Uemura finished third Saturday in the World Cup women’s moguls season opener. The 34-year-old Uemura had 23.69 points as Hannah Kearney of the United States topped the podium with 25.07. Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe was second at 23.90. On the men’s side, ...

Feb 18, 2012

Uemura aims for steady progress

Once the darling of the Japanese sports world, freestyle skier Aiko Uemura is facing an uphill grind on the road back after her extended hiatus away from competition. Uemura, 32, who finished fourth in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in her last major competition, will ...

Apr 17, 2010

Skier Minagawa sets sights on medal at Sochi Games

Alpine skier Kentaro Minagawa said Friday he will continue his career with the aim of winning a medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 32-year-old Minagawa, the husband of moguls skier Aiko Uemura, had told Ski Association of Japan officials in late January of ...