Dancer, model and 2007 Miss Universe Riyo Mori welcomes athletes from around the world to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games! Here, Riyo talks about the challenges she has faced, and why you need to persevere, pursue your goals and dream big. 

"My mother taught me that women can have it all"

Riyo Mori


Her dance career started at a young age and during high school she moved to Canada to train and the Quinte Ballet School of Canada. She then successfully auditioned for the Rockettes Summer Intensive Program in New York.

In 2007, she won Miss Universe in Mexico, City. Currently she is the face of Menard Vietnam.

Riyo opened up her dance school, IRM Academy, in Shizuoka, Japan, two years after winning Miss Universe. She is the artistic director and teaches ballet, tap and jazz dance to all ages.


  • Behind ShePower Sport are two sport medical professionals, Yoko Dozono and Katharina Grimm. With their combined global sporting background, some of which include Director of Medical affairs at Aspetar, member of Medicine & Science at World Anti-Doping Agency, heading the FIFA medical office, and an international level athlete, they are strong advocates for clean sports and female athletes’ health and rights.