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Yoshihiro Nitta

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Family
Two sons Daito and Kento
Residence
Koto, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, 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 age four at a youth sports club in Okayama Prefecture, Japan.
Why this sport?
His father was a skier, and encouraged him to try the sport. He was introduced to cross-country skiing by a teacher at primary school.
Club / Team
Hitachi Solutions: Japan
Name of coach
Kazutoshi Nagahama [club], JPN; Misao Kodate [national], JPN

International debut

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

General interest

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, and his sons. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018; 1242.com, 27 Jul 2018)
Hero / Idol
German Para Nordic skier Thomas Olsner. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In August 2020 he suffered a sprained ankle and was sidelined for six weeks. (skiblog.jp, 27 Nov 2020)

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)

He was flag bearer for the Japanese team at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (1242.com, 27 Jul 2018)
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 2018; 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
MOTIVATION
He considered retiring from the sport following the death of his grandfather in 2012, but says he decided to continue competing after finding renewed motivation through his two sons. "After the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano, I heard from my father that my grandfather said that he would be willing to give his left arm to me if it were possible after the accident. At that time, I made a firm resolution to win gold for him in order to help him to let go of his sense of guilt. I was able to win gold [in the standing 1km sprint classic and the standing 10km classic events] at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, thanks to my grandmother who had died as well as my grandfather. When he passed away unexpectedly in 2012, I heard that he was proud of me. At that time I realised again that he was my biggest motivation. Although I didn't claim any medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, I received a medal, made by my eldest son who was impressed with my performance. It gave me a new goal, to win gold at the 2018 edition [in Pyeongchang] for my sons." (1242.com, 27 Jul 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the board of directors and the chairperson of the Athletes' Commission at the Japan Para Ski Federation. (jps-ski.com, 22 Dec 2020)

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