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Keiichi Sato

Nordic Skiing | Shooting | Triathlon

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

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

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in Nordic skiing in 2005 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. He took up triathlon in 2014 in Nagoya, Japan, following encouragement from the shopkeeper at a bike store near his home.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to try skiing 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
Name of coach
Misao Kodate [biathlon, national], JPN; Kazutoshi Nagahama [cross-country skiing, national], JPN

General interest

Nicknames
Kurokan Oji [Prince of Cross-country], Biath Oji [Prince of Biathlon]. (avexnet.jp, 21 Feb 2018; satokeiichi.com, 16 Mar 2014)
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
Between August and December in 2020 he required three operations after fracturing the scapula and distal clavicle in his left shoulder. He sustained the injury following a fall from his bike while at a training camp. (sponichi.co.jp, 14 Feb 2022; Instagram profile, 23 Oct 2021; paraphoto.org, 12 May 2021)

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 represented Japan in both biathlon and cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014, and 2018. He has also competed in Para triathlon and represented Japan in the PT4 individual event at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and in PTS5 events at the world championships in 2017, 2018, and 2019. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Nov 2021; YouTube channel, 24 Jul 2021; Instagram profile, 24 Aug 2020; satokeiichi.com, 17 Mar 2018; Athlete, 03 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To finish on the podium at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (jiji.com, 14 Feb 2022)
Impairment
He has a congenital impairment to his left hand, due to hypoplasia. (Athlete, 03 Sep 2016)
Other information
COMPLEMENTARY SPORTS
In 2014 he was encouraged to get involved in Para triathlon by the owner of a bike shop, who also served as the president of the Aichi Triathlon Association in Japan. He decided to pursue the sport alongside Para biathlon and cross-country skiing, for which he is classified as an LW8 athlete, as he feels they are compatible with one another. "I took up Para triathlon as part of my training for skiing. However, I realised that my skiing performance level was not affected by triathlon, but actually improved. Triathlon helps me to build endurance while Para biathlon and cross-country skiing events increase my strength." (IPC, 16 Nov 2021; Para Photo YouTube channel, 11 May 2021)

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