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Keiichi Sato

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Residence
Nagoya, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Japanese, Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2005 in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to try the sport by a newspaper article about Yoshihiro Nitta's participation in the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano. He also wanted to take on the challenge of seeing how strong he could be.
Club / Team
Avex: Japan
Training Regime
He competes in both Para triathlon and Para biathlon, and believes the training sessions for each sport complement each other. He particularly finds that swimming helps him to build up physical strength in his upper limbs. He trains for a maximum of 10 hours a day.

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Japan
Location
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
Kurokan Oji [Prince of Cross-country], Biath Oji [Prince of Biathlon]. (avexnet.jp, 21 Feb 2018; satokeiichi.com, 16 Mar 2014)
Hobbies
Climbing, cycling. (satokeiichi.com, 14 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014, and qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 03 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In 2011 he sustained knee injuries. (japanteam.jp, 11 Apr 2011)

In 2009 he injured the lateral meniscus in both of his knees. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When I compete, I feel the greatest happiness." (houdoukyoku.jp, 17 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2010 and 2018 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Sport Excellence Award in Japan. (pref.aichi.jp, 14 May 2018; sp.plus-blog.sportsnavi.com, 28 Apr 2010)

In 2014 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Sport Award for Encouragement. (pref.aichi.jp, 12 May 2014)

In 2012 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Sport Award. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He competed in cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. He also represented Japan in triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Nov 2018; satokeiichi.com, 17 Mar 2018; Athlete, 03 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete in triathlon at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (para-sports.tokyo, 11 Feb 2017; Twitter profile, 30 Aug 2016)
Impairment
He has a congenital impairment to his left hand, due to hypoplasia. (Athlete, 03 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 12.5 km Individual Standing Final Round 14
Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing Qualification 8
Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing Final Round 12
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Qualification 26
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 17
Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 5
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Final 2013-02-25 16
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2013-02-27 11
Men's Short Distance Standing Final 2013-02-28 9
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2013-03-01 16
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2013-03-03 14
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Final 2013-03-05 13
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 13
Men's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 10
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Qualification 2014-03-12 22
Men's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-14 10
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 22
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 10
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 11
Men's Middle Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-27 9
Men's Long Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-30 8
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-31 16
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men PT4 Final Round 2016-09-10 11
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 4
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 10
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2017-02-14 4
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 11
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 10
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5km Standing Final 2018-03-10 9
Men's 12.5km Standing Final 2018-03-13 9
Men's 15km Standing Final 2018-03-16 8
Men's 10km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 11
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 5
Men's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 6
Men's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 5