Ai Ueda was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. Her parents are KIMONO painters. She has an older brother who is also a painter. She went to a swimming club with her brother when she was in elementary school. When she was 14 years old, it was by pure chance that she participated in the EKIDEN race in which she became a record holder of the section.
By the time she was in high school, she had switched to track and field from swimming.
After graduating high school in the spring of 2002, she moved from Kyoto to Chiba so as to strengthen her abilities in Triathlon. That same year, she became the Junior Asian Champion. Since 2003, she has been an Elite Triathlete.
In 2005, she was ranked 1st in Japan. She won a silver medal in the 2006 the Asian Games in Doha. The Japanese press took her up as, “Ai the IRON GIRL”, “Ai is strong, but small and cute like a japanese hybrid compact car.” Ever since, she has become known as “the Triathlon Ai.” In 2007, she won the gold medal in the Japan Championships.
In the 2008 Asian Triathlon Championship, she dramatically came from behind to win. Her bold and aggressive run won her way to the Olympics. The spectators are always carried away by her performance.
Outside of Triathlon
She enjoys painting. You can see her paintings at her japanese website.
She highly respects her parents. Her family gives her great support and power.
12016 JPN Duathlon National Championships 06 Nov, 2016 - Elite Women - 01:04:18
12016 Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup 29 Oct, 2016 - Elite Women - 02:01:02
22016 Tongyeong ITU Triathlon World Cup 22 Oct, 2016 - Elite Women - 00:59:54
12016 JPN Triathlon National Championships 09 Oct, 2016 - Elite Women - 02:03:07
52016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel 11 Sep, 2016 - Elite Women - 01:59:39