Muraoka is Japan’s top female sit-skier, with multiple Asia Cup podiums across speed and technical events from the last three seasons.
In 2015, she made her mark on the international scene with her first World Championships podiums alongside the likes of multiple Paralympic and Worlds medallists, Austria’s Claudia Loesch and Germany’s Anna Schaffelhuber.
Diagnosed with transverse myelitis at the age of four, Muraoka has also showed her prowess on the World Cup circuit with a handful of top three finishes as she continues to improve season-on-season.
The teenager was a T54 para-athlete with several podium finishes from national Championships until she decided to swap her racing wheelchair for a sit-ski during 2012-13.
However Muraoka has not entirely turned her back on her track career, stating that she aims to win a medal at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and go on to represent her country at Tokyo 2020.
Her quest for PyeongChang 2018 gained momentum in 2015-16 when she won the women's giant slalom sitting World Cup globe, as well as finishing second in super-G. Muraoka finished third in the overall women's sitting World Cup.
Her recent performances have placed her in a great position to win her first world titles when she skis at the 2017 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In 2018 she received the Fukaya Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (tokyo-np.co.jp, 29 Jun 2018)
She was Japan's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 27 Feb 2018)
She says she was particularly motivated to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo in order to show her performance in front of home fans including her family and friends. "When I participated in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, which is a neighbouring country, I had never seen those many Japanese fans during my sporting career. It made me touched as much as the moment I won the Paralympic medals. Therefore, it became one of my motivations to compete at a home Games where I can show my performance to many people in Japan." (SPORTS BIZ Official YouTube Channel, 17 Jun 2020)
She has studied for a master's degree at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. (nikkansports.com, 14 Jun 2020)
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|Women's Giant Slalom Sitting||Final Round||2014-03-16||5|
|Women's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2015-03-04||2|
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|Women's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2015-03-10||4|
|Women's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-25||3|
|Women's Super-G Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-26||3|
|Women's Super-Combined Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-28||4|
|Women's Giant Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-30||3|
|Women's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2017-01-31||4|
|Women's Downhill Sitting||Final||2018-03-10||2|
|Women's Super-G Sitting||Final||2018-03-11||3|
|Women's Super Combined Sitting||Final||2018-03-13||3|
|Women's Giant Slalom Sitting||Final||2018-03-14||1|
|Women's Slalom Sitting||Final||2018-03-18||2|
|Women's Giant Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-22||1|
|Women's Slalom Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-24||3|
|Women's Downhill Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-30||3|
|Women's Super-Combined Sitting||Race 1||2019-01-31||1|
|Women's Super-G Sitting||Race 1 (from SC)||2019-01-31||2|