How Japanese Teen Ayumu Hirano defied USA’s Snowboarding Dominance | Game Breakers


Snowboarding is not a
major sport in Japan. The pipes in Japan are not up to the standards of
the rest of the world. But I always believe in myself
and try to perform my best no matter how bad
the conditions are. Instead of trying to
flip as high as I can I prefer to just get
more creative on the pipes. I’m just trying to do my best
given the circumstances. (GAME BREAKERS) (AYUMU HIRANO, JAPAN,
SILVER MEDAL, HALFPIPE) I’m Ayumu Hirano. I’m a halfpipe snowboarder. I got a silver medal at the
Sochi Olympics in halfpipe. My father was a surfer. And
he taught my brother to surf. When my brother competed at
a surfing competition, he almost drowned. And that fear stuck with him. From there, my father asked us if we’d like to switch
to snowboarding. We went to a shop and got a board from the store. And then we started
snowboarding. Murakami is in the north side
of Niigata prefecture by the Sea of Japan. The wind is strong and the
snow doesn’t pile up that high. Although Murakami does have
enough snow for snowboarding, it’s difficult to build
high-enough quality pipes to train athletes for
the Olympics. Back then I only had
a small surf shop… ..so money and time
was always tight. We didn’t have a good
environment for training but we made the best of the
situation and built halfpipe for skateboarding. The main goal of building
this park was to help the kids train. When I was little, I’d go to
school in the mornings and snowboard in the afternoon. After snowboarding was done, I’d eat and then go
skateboarding. And I’d be practising under
my dad’s tough supervision up until 11pm. (IN 2001, AYUMU’S FATHER
CONVERTED AN (INDOOR GYM INTO THE LARGEST
SKATE PARK IN JAPAN) (THE BAG JUMP – A 15-METRE-TALL
SCAFFOLD (WITH A LARGE INFLATABLE BAG) The first time I saw Ayumu
ride was the US Open 2012. He had done Junior Jam, which
is 14 and below and he won it. And he got a spot in the Open And he was right up there almost as big as some of the
guys at the highest level. (DEFYING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER
BETWEEN THEM, (ELIJAH APPROACHED AYUMU
AT THE US OPEN 2012 AND (THE PAIR STRUCK UP A COACHING
RELATIONSHIP A YEAR LATER) I think Elijah makes the effort to match his personality
with Ayumu. He builds a positive
environment in which Ayumu can train
without stress. No air, just drop in Elijah takes pride in creating
an environment for Ayumu where he can train at
100% capacity. Ayumu is special in a sense
that he’s very competitive. And he’s full of style. So, he’s bringing the style
aspect into the bigger tricks. He’ll just make it look like
it’s a simple manoeuvre. Competing in the Olympics was
my biggest dream ever since I was a kid. The Olympics had always meant
so much to me and my family. I went to Sochi to support him because he was the youngest
athlete from Japan to go. Everything was new for us and it was hard to grasp
the situation. I was just desperately cheering
him on, and wishing for him not to get
injured. I know his first run, he didn’t
have a backside spin. And I told him going into it,
he had to have one. In my mind, backside spin
wasn’t my strong suit. So I avoided putting
that into my routine. Plus, all of the riders after
me had great runs. And of course,
Shaun was still up after me. That’s why I was pushed
back to third place. For the next run, I took
Elijah’s advice and went with the backside
spin routine. I was able to construct
that run from the stands. I was there, I didn’t even have
a pass, you know. I was in the stands because
I couldn’t be there with Japan. And I don’t know how we were
going to get it up to him. Luckily, someone had a way to
connect with him. I think it was calling another
coach. Backside air, frontside 1080, cab double cork, frontside
nine, backside nine, frontside 10 double cork. Going from the fifth to the
sixth jump, my mind was like, “I gotta
land this! I gotta land this!” That’s how I was feeling when I
was in the air until I landed. “Just one more! Just one more!” I felt the end as I was riding and I remember each and
every trick very clearly. When I saw that I was receiving
second place, my mind was actually blank. It wasn’t like I couldn’t stop
smiling or I was sad at that moment. Surprisingly, my mind
was just at peace. The score coming in by
Ayumu Hirano isn’t enough to take the top spot.
Is it enough for the silver? (AYUMU HIRANO AND TAKU HIRAOKA
MADE HISTORY (WITH THEIR SILVER AND BRONZE
PODIUM FINISH) (THESE ARE JAPAN’S FIRST EVER
OLYMPIC MEDALS IN SNOWBOARDING) Taku’s father is
also a salaryman. So, he also had to improvise
with what they had in order to make the most
out of their environment. That effort surely paid off with their results at the
Olympics. Sports are part of
education in Japan. But skateboarding and
snowboarding have always been more for fun or just for show. They are very expensive sports. In America, there are
competitions like the X-Games, where pro snowboarders can
perform and compete. We don’t have those kinds of
professional competitions here but I have high expectations and am very optimistic about
sports here in the future. With time, sports here are evolving,
little by little. The US always been very strong in their presence at the
Olympics with the 2002 sweep
in Park City and Shaun being on the top
at the last two, prior. I think Ayumu’s silver medal
in Sochi was maybe a big upset to
snowboarding halfpipe. His amplitude and his variety
of big tricks mixed with his style
is just phenomenal. Ayumu is bringing it
to a new level. He’s that next generation
coming up, and it’s just adding that flare and making snowboarding fun
and cool and a great thing to be
a part of and watch. An Olympic medallist came out
of this small town of Murakami. Something that used to be a
dream became a reality when Ayumu accomplished that. I think people now see that
dream as something reachable. To be honest, it didn’t hit me
for a while when I actually won silver
medal at the age of 15. I wasn’t completely happy
with my performance. But it became an event where
I gained my confidence. My experience in Sochi made more people learn
about snowboarding. It made people see
snowboarding differently. And I would like more people to
continue to learn about it.

68 thoughts on “How Japanese Teen Ayumu Hirano defied USA’s Snowboarding Dominance | Game Breakers”

  1. 酷い翻訳ですね。なんでこんなサクセスストーリー仕立てにしてるんですか。全然違うでしょ。お前の価値観で平野歩夢物語を作るな。

  2. Thanks everyone for pointing it out. We had a mistake in the upload of our subtitles which has now been fixed. We are sorry about that mistake. 😳
    You'll should now be able to enjoy this story in 11 different languages.

  3. Gave up watching after 2mins because the subtitles are smack right in the middle of the video for some reason so I can’t see the video properly. Please fix it.

  4. I was talking to my favorite youtuber Ruthi san because she is living with her family there in Murakami, Nigata and told her an Olimpic medalist it's practicing snowboarding behind the playground of your son and she answer me "Yes it's Ayumu Hirano San" that was amaizing, hahaha her child use the dinosoure behind the building to play in the park. Hirano San is a hard worker, we are proud of him and we wish you achieve all your goals, I know u can do it.

  5. この動画のターゲットがよくわからん、英語と日本語混じってるのに翻訳もなしで平野選手知らない人には途中出てくるお父さんが誰なのかもわからないだろうし。

  6. I really felt that Ayumu Hirano should have won the gold medal. His last run was truly spectacular to watch and really gave Shaun White a run for his gold medal and his name.

  7. お父さんも素晴らしい人ですねー
    子供のもって生まれた才能や努力も凄いけど、それが出来る環境を作ったげる親御さんて本当に凄いと思います。これからも歩夢くん応援してます!

  8. I wanted him to win Sochi and PyeongChang. Now I will continue to root for him at Tokyo and Beijing!!!!

  9. 平野選手、、、スノーボーダーとしても、人間性にしてもとても尊敬してます。これからも自分自身を信じて頑張ってください。応援してます。

  10. Ayumu is so badass! Whether he wins or loses first place he still has the same neutral expression thinking of how much further he can go!

  11. Musics from 0:00~ Artist: Laurent Dury , song: Interstellar travel / 0:50~ unknown , did anyone know? / 2:10~ Artist: Laplage , song: Analog Flight /

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