Olympian Noriko Inada Gives Birth To Baby Girl

Kotomi-Inada (2)

Noriko Inada and Takahisa Ide gave birth to a baby girl on Monday, Feb 17, 2019. The baby girl is named Kotomi and weighed in at 8 lbs measuring 20 inches. Mother and child are both doing well.

Japan’s Noriko Inada was a staple on the competitive swimming scene for several decades, making her Olympic debut in 1992 in the 100 and 200 back. She also competed at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, with her best finish coming in the 100 back ( fth) in 2000.

Following the 2004 Games, Inada retired, but in 2008, she joined the Phoenix Swim Club in the U.S. and attempted a comeback in 2010. In April of 2012, she finished third in the 100 back at Japan’s Olympic Trials—just missing out on a chance to qualify for a fourth Olympic Games.

Since then, Inada has continued swimming and has enjoyed success as a Masters swimmer. “I keep swimming for my health, and I very much enjoy swimming with my teammates,” Inada said.

Now 39, she averages 3,500 to 4,500 yards per day and typically practices six times a week with Phoenix Swim Club, where she also serves as an assistant coach.

In 2017, Inada, now representing USA, set two Masters world records—short course 50 back (27.63) and long course 100 back (1:01.75). She earned her second Top 12 World Masters SOY honor, with the rst coming in 2014. She was also recognized as a Top 12 runner-up in 2013 and 2016.

11 comments

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      Congratulation Noriko and Taka (Taco)
      your friends in Ca. Gayle, Doug, Maxx and Elxx

  1. Ann Goodman

    I think the baby weighs 8 pounds, not eighteen as stated in the article. That would be an Olympic effort! Congrats on a beautiful health girl!

    • Brent Rutemiller

      Oops… Give or take 10 lbs… Thanks for the edit!

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    Anonymous

    Congradulations to Noriko & Tako!!! This is exciting news! We love you guys & miss both of you! See you at Masters Nationals in April!
    Love from Dave, Jennifer & Harrison Gibson

  3. Diana Chaney

    Congratulations Noriko…so happy for you!!

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    Congratulations!!
    Taka and Noriko so happy for you.
    Aww!! Sweet little girl.
    With Love Gayle, Doug, Maxx & Elxx
    from California.