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Mitsuru Nagase

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Asahikawa, JPN
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.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Mitsu (Athlete, 11 Dec 2012)
Watching sports, listening to Japanese pop music. (Athlete, 11 Dec 2012,, 13 Mar 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Beating Canada in the semifinal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 11 Dec 2012)
Most influential person in career
Japanese wheelchair basketball player Shinpei Oikawa. (Athlete, 11 Dec 2012)
Hero / Idol
Canadian athlete Terry Fox. (, 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)
His impairment is a result of CIDP, an autoimmune disease that affects the peripheral nervous system, diagnosed in 1991. (, 2010 )
Other information
He announced his retirement from competition, due to sustained an illness that affects his hands. (, 03 Oct 2015)

He serves as a board member for the Paralympians' Association of Japan. (, 19 Mar 2015)


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