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KAWAYOKE Taiki
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age18
Place of BirthToyama, JPN
Height1.61 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW5/7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Toyama, JPN
Occupation
Student
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six in Toyama, Japan.
Why this sport?
He was influenced by his cousin, and was inspired to take up the sport after Japanese Para cross-country skier Yoshihiro Niita won gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. "When I watched Niita winning gold in Vancouver my first thought was I might want to try cross-country skiing."
Club / Team
Toyama Prefecture Oyama High School: Japan
Name of coach
Hideki Arai [national], JPN
Training Regime
He skis for two hours a day, seven days a week during the winter. He focuses on running in the summer.
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Pyeongchang, KOR
General Interest
Hobbies
Running. (skiblog.jp, 31 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze and gold medals at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada,(paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para cross-country skier Yoshihiro Niita. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I will try my best." (bgf.or.jp, 08 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was born without some of his fingers and toes. (jiji.com, 25 Feb 2015)
Other information
FROM HERO TO IDOL
He was inspired to take up cross-country skiing when he was age nine, after watching Japanese Para cross-country skier Yoshihiro Niita win gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. After winning two medals at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada, where he beat Niita, he said his former hero had now become a rival. "When I [first] joined the [national] team, he [Niita] was so fast. He was really an idol to me. Now I feel he is more like a rival. I want to beat him, I want to compete against him. I don't think about [being with my idol] anymore. It is really cool now but, at the same time, there is pressure coming for being acknowledged [among the best cross-country skiers in the world]. I have to get used to it and be able to give my best shot at all times. [I still need to improve] In the middle of the races, my body tends to slow down. I have difficulties in moving as it not as easy during the middle part of the race. So I want to gain more strength and stamina to get over that, and I want do develop my body. (paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 20km Freestyle - Standing 57:57.1
Semifinal 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 5:09.4
10 2018 10km Classic Style - Standing 32:17.4
4 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:48.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018/2019 10km Freestyle - Standing 30:37.9
3 2018/2019 Sprint Freestyle - Standing  
4 2018/2019 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 30:10.1
1 2018/2019 20km Classic Style - Standing 1:08:23.7