Ayaka Kikuchi (speed skater)

Ayaka Kikuchi (菊池 彩花, Kikuchi Ayaka, born 28 June 1987) is a Japanese speed skater.

Ayaka Kikuchi
Women's 1500m, 2014 Winter Olympics, Jorien ter Mors & Ayaka Kikuchi.JPG
Kikuchi (right) at the 2014 Winter Olympics
Personal information
Born (1987-06-28) 28 June 1987 (age 33)
SportSpeed skating


Kikuchi won bronze at the 2011 Asian Speed Skating Championships and silver at the 2012 Asian Speed Skating Championships. With these results she qualified for the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in both 2011 (finished 22nd) and 2012 (finished 19th).

In the 2014 Winter Olympics Kikuchi participated in the 1500 meters, finishing 31st, and was part of the women's team pursuit, who finished fourth.

In 2015 Ayaka Kikuchi became a world champion, when in the 2015 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships she won the gold medal in the team pursuit where she participated together with the sisters Miho and Nana Takagi.

In 2018, Kikuchi was part of the Japanese team that won the Olympics women team pursuit gold medal.[1]

Personal recordsEdit

Distance Result Date Location
500 m 39.80 7 January 2012 Alau Ice Palace, Astana
1000 m 1:19.10 27 December 2011 Meiji Hokkaido-Tokachi Oval, Obihiro
1500 m 1:54.12 21 November 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City
3000 m 4:11.86 12 February 2011 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:13.69 18 February 2011 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Fielding, Gus (February 22, 2018), "Miho Takagi overjoyed after claiming coveted gold medal in team pursuit", The Japan Times