PyeongChang 2018: Keiichi Sato aiming for the top of the world13.02.2018
Japanese dual-sport athlete transitions from triathlon to biathlon at Winter Paralympics
Japan’s Keiichi Sato is preparing for his fourth Paralympic Games, but third winter edition.
The Nagoya-native competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in triathlon, where the sport made its Paralympic debut. Following Rio 2016, Sato completed the 2017 Para triathlon season, taking a top-10 finish at the World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
“I have changed my training method significantly since the Sochi Paralympics and I am aiming for the top of the world,” Sato said. “The triathlon is an endurance system. Biathlon and cross-country skiing require a power endurance system. It is relatively easy to transition from biathlon and cross-country to triathlon, but it is harder the other way round because of the very specific muscles used for skiing.”
He has been part of International Triathlon Union (ITU) Para triathlon events since his first race in Yokohama back in 2014, collecting an impressive series of wins and podium finishes over the years.
“Third time’s a charm,” said the 38-year-old. “I have been cross-country skiing for 13 years and have 10 years in biathlon, but still less than three in triathlon, so I have been using my winter experiences to help my development.”
The Paralympic Winter Games take place in PyeongChang, South Korea from 9-18 March. Tickets can be purchased here.