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Yoshihiro Nitta

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Family
Two sons
Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Tsukuba: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at a youth sports club in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, while he was in his third year of primary school.
Why this sport?
His father was a skier, and encouraged him to try the sport.
Club / Team
Hitachi Solutions: Japan
Name of coach
Kazutoshi Nagahama [club], JPN; Hideki Arai [national], JPN

International debut

Year
1997
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Nagano, JPN

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, going to the gym, watching sports. (nitta-yoshihiro.com, 19 Jan 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather who passed away in 2012. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; nikkei.com, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
German Para Nordic skier Thomas Olsner. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In December 2014 he suffered an injury to his left heel. He sustained a recurrence of the injury during training in December 2016. (theborderless.jp, 07 Apr 2017; skiblog.jp, 07 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Impossible is nothing." (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was presented with the Medal with Purple Ribbon, part of Medals of Honour by the Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan. (hitachi-solutions.co.jp, 07 May 2018)

In 2014 he received the Okayama Prefecture Sports Special Prize in Japan. (pref.okayama.jp, 11 Apr 2014)

In 2010 he received the Tokyo Honour Prize and Citizen Sport Grand Prize in Japan. (sports-tokyo.info, 13 Apr 2010)

In 2010 he captained the Japanese team at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (sanyonews.jp, 22 Jan 2018)

He received the Okayama Prefecture Honour Prize and Sports Special Prize in recognition of winning two gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014; pref.okayama.jp, 12 Apr 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in cross-country skiing [1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018] and biathlon [1998, 2002, 2010] at the Paralympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014; paraphoto.org, 15 Mar 2018)
Impairment
When he was a child, his left arm was amputated below the elbow after it got caught in a combine harvester that his grandfather was driving. (hitachi-solutions.co.jp, 27 Jan 2013)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Japan Para Ski Federation. (sajd.com, 25 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Nagano 1998 Paralympic Winter Games (Nagano, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 7.5 km LW6/8 Final Round 9
Men's 5 km Classical Technique LW5/7,6/8 Final Round 8
Men's 15 km Free Technique LW5/7,6/8 Final Round 8
Men's 20 km Classical Technique LW2-9 Final Round 8
Men's 4x5 km Relay Standing/blind Final Round 5
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1x4 / 2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 5
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 1
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Final Round 1
Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing Qualification 11
Men's 3 km Pursuit Standing Final Round 10
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 5
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 13
Men's 5 km Standing Final Round 20
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1x2.5/2x5 km Relay Open Final Round 9
Men's 20 km Free Technique Standing Final Round 18
Men's 10 km Free Technique LW5-9 Final Round 14
Men's 5 km Classical Technique LW5-9 Final Round 3
Men's 7.5 km Standing Final Round 20
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 4
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Semifinal 2014-03-12 12
4x2.5 km Mixed Relay Final Round 2014-03-15 7
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 17
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 6
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 3
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 17
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 2
Men's 10km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 1
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 4
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Relay Final 2019-02-23 4
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2019-02-24 7