Japanese American Olympic athletes


Sakura Kokumai. photo by Jose M. Fraguas,

Collin Morikawa
Sport: Golf
Height: 5’9” Weight: 160 lbs
DOB: 2/6/1997
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Hometown: La Canada, Calif.
College: University of Calif., Berkeley
Fun Facts: He received a business administration degree from Cal.

Sakura Kokumai. photo
by Jose M. Fraguas,

Sakura Kokumai
Sport: Karate
DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: Honolulu
Hometown: Stevenson Ranch, Calif.
College: Waseda University (masters degree)
Coach: Nghia Pham
Fun Facts: She loves watching figure skating, knows how to sail and her go-to pre-competition food is rice.

Nyjah Huston
Sport: Skateboarding
Event: Men’s Skateboard Street
Height: 5’10”
DOB: 11/30/1994
Birthplace: Davis, Calif.
Hometown: Davis, Calif.
Team/Club: Nike SB team
Fun Facts: He has never broken a bone in his life. He devotes time to the Let it Flow charity, which helps provide communities in need with fresh water.

Janie Reed. photo courtesy of USA Softball

Janie Reed
Sport: Softball Position: Outfield
Height: 5’7” DOB: 4/15/1993
Hometown: Placentia, Calif.
High School: El Dorado High School
College: Oregon – 2015
Team/Club: OC Batbusters
Fun Facts: She enjoys watching “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Hart of Dixie” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

Erik Shoji
Sport: Volleyball Position: Libero
Height: 6-0 Weight: 160 lbs
DOB: 8/24/1989
Birthplace: Honolulu
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: Punahou School (Honolulu) ‘08
College: Stanford University ’12, human biology
Fun Facts: His favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird” and his favorite food is sushi.

Kawika Shoji
Sport: Volleyball Position: Setter
Height: 6’3” Weight: 194 lbs
DOB: 11/11/1987
Birthplace: Honolulu
Hometown: Honolulu
High School: Iolani School (Honolulu)
College: Stanford University ‘10
Fun Facts: He enjoys golfing, reading and surfing.

USA Water Polo Women’s Olympic Team Announcement (Jonathan Moore/USA Water Polo)

Johnny Hooper
Sport: Water Polo Position: Attacker
Height: 6’1” Weight: 185 lbs
DOB: 6/24/1997
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Hometown: Los Angeles
High School: Harvard-Westlake High School (Los Angeles) ‘15
College: University of California, Berkeley ‘19, business
Team/Club: Palaio Faliro/The Olympic Club
Fun Facts: Hobbies include music management, photography and surfing. He is also fluent in Japanese and “has citizenship in Japan.”

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