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Shoko Ota

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
K44

Further personal information

Occupation
Communications Professional
Languages
Japanese, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport in 2015.
Why this sport?
She initially competed in Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. She took up Para taekwondo as a recreational activity in 2015, and was encouraged to train in the sport more seriously by Japanese taekwondo athlete Yoriko Okamoto. In 2018 she decided to focus on the sport with the aim of competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Club / Team
SoftBank: Japan
Name of coach
Ryuji Koike [personal], JPN
Training Regime
She trains three days a week in Tokyo, Japan, after work.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
Asian Championships
Location
Manila, PHI

General interest

Nicknames
Cherry Smile (nhk.or.jp, 16 Mar 2014)
Most influential person in career
Japanese taekwondo athlete Yoriko Okamoto. (bs4.jp, 03 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Japan at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014; fujitv.co.jp, 18 Apr 2020)
Other sports
She has represented Japan in both Para cross-country skiing and Para biathlon. She won bronze in the 12.5km individual standing biathlon event at the 2006 Paralympic Games in Turin, and claimed silver in the standing sprint classic style cross-country event at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Aug 2020; nhk.or.jp, 16 Apr 2014; news.kmib.co.kr, 10 May 2016; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014; fujitv.co.jp, 18 Apr 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (lineblog.me, 02 Jun 2020)
Impairment
She was born without the five fingers on her left hand. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010; mainichi.jp, 17 May 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works in the communication department and writes a company newsletter at SoftBank Group, a multinational conglomerate holding company based in Tokyo, Japan. (mainichi.jp, 17 May 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 6
Women's 3x2.5 km Relay Open Final Round 5
Women's 10 km Standing Final Round 9
Women's 12.5 km Standing Final Round 3
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 3x2.5 km Relay Open Final Round 5
Women's 5 km Standing Final Round 11
Women's 1 km Sprint Standing Final Round 2
Women's 3 km Pursuit Standing Qualification 7
Women's 3 km Pursuit Standing Final Round 7
Women's 12.5 km Individual Standing Final Round 11
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Sprint - Classic Standing Final 2013-02-25 5
Women's Short Distance Standing Final 2013-02-28 4
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2013-03-01 4
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2013-03-03 4
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Final 2013-03-05 6
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 6
Women's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-11 9999
Women's 1 km Sprint Standing Semifinal 2014-03-12 8
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 7
Women's 5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 10