Kazuhiro Takahashi

Kazuhiro Takahashi

Para Ice Hockey

Three-time Paralympian Kazuhiro Takahashi is determined to get his team back into the running for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, having been relegated to the B-Pool in 2015.

If anyone can do it, Takahashi can, having been an integral part of the team since his debut for Japan at the Salt City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games.

Since 2002, Japan have bounced back and forth between the A-Pool and B-Pool, and only just failed to qualify for the Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

In 2013, Takahashi was also named Best Forward at the World Championships B-Pool after finishing with a tournament-leading eight goals.

Not only does he want to qualify for PyeongChang 2018, which will mean Japan having to finish in the top three at the 2017 World Championships B-Pool and achieve a good result in the qualification tournament, but he wants to win a medal too.

He will get the chance to do that in the 2016-17 season, when the Worlds B-Pool take place at home in Tomakomai.

A former able-bodied ice hockey player, Takahashi scored Japan’s lone goal against the Czech Republic in their seventh-place game. The Czech Republic were also relegated, setting up another clash for when the two teams arrive in Japan.

He hopes that his performances can help to raise awareness of Para ice hockey in his country, as he believes that if it were as popular as in the US and Canada, the team would gain more players and find it easier to reach the top.

No stranger to fast-paced sports, a snowboarding accident left Takahashi with spinal cord injuries at the age of 21.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Wife Joomin Yi, two daughters
Tokyo, JPN
Public Servant
Higher education
Engineering - Chiba Institute of Technology: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing Para ice hockey in 2000 in Tokyo, Japan.
Why this sport?
He was an able-bodied hockey player at high school and university, and was encouraged to play the sport during his rehabilitation.
Club / Team
Tokyo Ice Burns: Japan
Name of coach
Kojin Nakakita [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Kazu (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
US Para ice hockey player Sylvester Flis. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Sylvester Flis. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Forward at the 2013 World Championships B-Pool in Nagano, Japan, after finishing the tournament as top goalscorer with eight goals. (, 16 Mar 2013)

In 2010 he was presented with the Tokyo Metropolitan Citizen Sports Grand Prize in Japan. (, 02 Apr 2010)
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 03 Oct 2014)
He sustained spinal cord injuries in a snowboarding accident at age 21. (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010;, 11 Feb 2010)


Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Preliminary 5
Men's Tournament Preliminary 9
Men's Tournament Preliminary 12
Men's Tournament Preliminary 14
Men's Tournament Preliminary 15
Men's Tournament Classification 5-6 1
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Gold Medal Match 101
Mixed Semifinal 201
Mixed Group A 5
Mixed Group A 4
Mixed Group A 2
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Classification 5-6 101
Men's Tournament Classification 5-8 202
Men's Tournament Group B 6
Men's Tournament Group B 4
Men's Tournament Group B 2
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-10 1
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 2
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 4
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 2
Mixed Tournament Classification 7-8 2018-03-16 1