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Mitsuru Nagase

Para Ice Hockey
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Asahikawa, JPN
Languages
English, Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1995 in Tomakomai, Japan.
Why this sport?
Although he was ill, he was looking to try a new sport. He saw an article about ice sledge hockey in a magazine he was reading while hospitalised and decided to give it a go.
Club / Team
Hokkaido Bears:
Name of coach
Kenji Nobuta [national], JPN
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender

International debut

Year
1995
Competing for
Japan

General interest

Nicknames
Mits (Twitter profile, 08 Nov 2020)
Hero / Idol
Canadian athlete Terry Fox. (paralympic.org, 13 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Enjoy, be strong and be cool." (Athlete, 11 Dec 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2010 was made an honorary citizen of Hokkaido and Asahikawa in Japan. (Athlete, 11 Dec 2012)
Impairment
His impairment is a result of CIDP, an autoimmune disease that affects the peripheral nervous system, diagnosed in 1991. (s-rights.co.jp, 2010 )
Other information
RETIREMENT AND RETURN
In 2015 he announced his retirement from competition due to an illness that affected his hands. In September 2020 he announced his return to the sport with a view to competing at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (digital.asahi.com, 03 Oct 2015; hokkaido-np.co.jp, 24 Sep 2020, 22 Sep 2020; Twitter profile, 08 Nov 2020)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as a Para sports advisor at Hokkaido Shimbun, a Japanese language daily newspaper, published in Hokkaido, Japan. (asahikawa.hokkaido-np.co.jp, 25 May 2021; hokkaido-np.co.jp, 24 Sep 2020, 22 Sep 2020; Twitter profile, 08 Nov 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the board of the directors at Paralympians Association of Japan. (paralympians.jp, 24 Aug 2021; Twitter profile, 08 Nov 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games (Nagano, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 3
Men's Tournament Group B 5
Men's Tournament Group B 6
Men's Tournament Classification 5-7 1
Men's Tournament Classification 5-7 3
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Group B 4
Men's Tournament Group B 6
Men's Tournament Classification 5-8 202
Men's Tournament Classification 5-6 101
Men's Tournament Group B 2
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2
Mixed Group A 4
Mixed Group A 5
Mixed Semifinal 201
Mixed Gold Medal Match 101
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Tournament Classification 5-6 1
Men's Tournament Preliminary 15
Men's Tournament Preliminary 5
Men's Tournament Preliminary 9
Men's Tournament Preliminary 12
Men's Tournament Preliminary 14