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Gakuta Koike

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6/8-2

Further personal information

Residence
Yokohama, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker, Student
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - Nippon Sport Science University: Setagaya, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2003 during a ski camp at Nozawa Onsen Snow Resort in Japan.
Why this sport?
He originally wanted to be a football goalkeeper before his accident. He was introduced to Para alpine skiing by Ichiro Nomura, a Para sport researcher at university.
Club / Team
Snow Busters: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Saori Ishii [national], JPN; Shoichi Tomii, JPN

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Gaku (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hobbies
Outdoor sports, (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at every Paralympic Winter Games between 2006 and 2018. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Trainer Akira Torii. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Japanese baseball player Ichiro Suzuki, German Para alpine skier Gerd Schonfelder. (Athlete, 22 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He has damaged ligaments in his knees multiple times during his sporting career. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014, 22 Mar 2022; sports.jtb.co.jp, 06 Nov 2016)

In February 2006 he underwent spinal surgery. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can tell a person's ability when he is facing a difficulty." (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
In 2007 he received the Nagano Prefecture Sport Honorary Award in Japan. (nagano-sports.or.jp, 2007)
Other sports
He has also represented Japan in Para cycling. (jtb.co.jp, 02 Aug 2018; Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He was involved in a motorcycle accident at age 20, which resulted in paralysis of his left arm. (sajd.com, 01 Dec 2016; Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Other information
PARA CYCLING
After the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he switched his focus from Para alpine skiing to Para cycling with a view to competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He did not secure a place to compete in Tokyo, and returned to Para alpine skiing in March 2020 with the aim of competing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "After the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, I competed in Para cycling aiming for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. However, after missing a quota place in track for the 2020 Paralympics, I decided to finish this challenge. I want to try again as a Para alpine skier. I can still be competitive on skis. I can get results. I want to challenge the world's best again. I decided to aim for the next winter Paralympics in Beijing." (jtb.co.jp, 05 Nov 2020, 07 Aug 2020; city.kita.tokyo.jp, 23 May 2018; blog.ap.teacup.com, 24 Nov 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a postgraduate degree in sports science at Nippon Sport Science University in Japan. (jtbcom.co.jp, 08 Feb 2022; parasapo.tokyo, 07 Sep 2021; Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 38
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 19
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 44
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 12
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 9
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 13
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 18
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 11
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 29
Men's Super-Combined Standing Final 2009-02-23 19
Men's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 19
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 24
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2013-02-20 15
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 9999
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 14
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 7
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Final Round 2014-03-09 9
Men's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 10
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-15 9
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2015-03-04 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2015-03-05 14
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2015-03-07 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-08 10
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2015-03-10 10
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 9999
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 27
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 14
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 18
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 18