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Hāfu and Nikkei in sports.

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  • Kyle Larson is a race car driver in the States.
  • Wally Yonamine The first JA to play professional football; Central League MVP in Japan (1957); member of the Japan HoF.
  • Arthur Matsu QB at William & Mary in the 1920s
  • Tommy Kono (weightlifting), Yoshinobu Oyakawa (100-meter backstroke) and Ford Konno (1500-meter freestyle) each won gold and set Olympic records in the 1952 Olympics.Also, Evelyn Kawamoto took two Bronze in swimming.
  • Eric Sato won gold (1988) and bronze (1992) medals in volleyball, while his sister Liane Sato won bronze in the same sport in 1992. Brothers Kawika Shoji and Erik Shoji won bronze medals in volleyball in 2016.
  • Bryan Clay who is of half Japanese descent won the decathlon gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, the silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, and was the sport's 2005 world champion.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi won three national championships, two world titles, and the 1992 Olympic Gold medal.
  • At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land the triple axel in Olympic competition.
  • Apolo Ohno, who is of half Japanese descent, is a short track speed skater and an eight-time Olympic medalist as well as the most decorated American Winter Olympic athlete of all time.
  • Michael Norman (sprinter) is a hāfu. He holds the world best time in the indoor 400 meters at 44.52 seconds.
  • Alex Shibutani and Maia Shibutani
  • Current National Hockey League players with Asian American backgrounds include: Kailer Yamamoto, brothers Kiefer Sherwood and Kole Sherwood.
  • In long distance running, Miki Gorman won the Boston and New York City marathons twice in the 1970s. A former American record holder at the distance, she is the only woman to win both races twice, and is one of only two women to win both marathons in the same year.