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Gakuta Koike

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW6/8-2

Further personal information

Residence
Japan
Occupation
Office Worker
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 2004 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
JTB Communication Design: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Shoichi Tomii [club], JPN; Saori Ishii [national], JPN

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Gakkun, George (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014, 21 Dec 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at every Paralympic Winter Games between 2006 and 2018. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para alpine skier Hiraku Misawa. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Japanese speed skater Nao Kodaira, German Para alpine skier Gerd Schonfelder. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In 2016 he damaged the meniscus in his knee while training in Chile. (sports.jtb.co.jp, 06 Nov 2016)

He injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in January 2007 and August 2009. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)

In February 2006 he underwent a costotransversectomy [spinal surgery]. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in my possibilities." (city.kita.tokyo.jp, 23 May 2018)
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. (alamy.com, 11 Apr 2015; jtb.co.jp, 02 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jtb.co.jp, 05 Nov 2020)
Impairment
He was involved 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
CHANGE OF SPORT
After the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he switched sports from Para alpine skiing to Para cycling with a view to competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He returned to Para alpine skiing in March 2020 with the aim of winning a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "Since the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, I have been challenging in Para cycling competition 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 fight 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." (city.kita.tokyo.jp, 23 May 2018; blog.ap.teacup.com, 24 Nov 2018; jtb.co.jp, 05 Nov 2020, jtb.co.jp, 07 Aug 2020)

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