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Yurika Abe

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6

Further personal information

Family
Husband Kento Fujita
Residence
Fuchu, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
International Relations - Daito Bunka University: Higashimatsuyama, JPN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2011 at Morioka Minami High School in Japan.
Why this sport?
She watched the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver on television, and became interested in the sport. "I discovered coach Hideki Arai on the internet, so I contacted him. I didn't know the differences between alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. Coach Arai served as a cross-country skiing coach."
Club / Team
Hitachi Solutions: Japan
Name of coach
Kazutoshi Nagahama [club, national], JPN

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Finland

General interest

Hobbies
Hiking in the mountains. (Instagram profile, 10 Nov 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Hideki Arai. (1242.com, 03 Jul 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's now or never." (nhk.or.jp, 16 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2021 she carried the Paralympic torch during the relay ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Her leg of the relay was in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. (Instagram profile, 08 Jul 2021)

In 2016 she received the Iwate Prefecture Sports Award in Japan. (pref.iwate.jp, 03 Mar 2017)

She received an Honour Prize at the 2014 Morioka City Amateur Athletic Association Awards in Japan. (morioka-taikyo.or.jp, 07 Dec 2014)
Other sports
She represented Japan in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Dec 2020; japanteam.jp, 11 Mar 2020; houdoukyoku.jp, 10 Mar 2018)
Ambitions
To win medals in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (1242.com, 03 Jul 2020)
Impairment
She is affected by a form of palsy, and sustained permanent nerve damage in her left arm at birth. (indiatimes.com, 09 Mar 2014; Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)
Other information
EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
She was left homeless by the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011. She is from the town of Yamada, where about 800 people died in the natural disaster. "It was a week before our graduation ceremony at middle school. We heard that the tsunami would hit when we were about to finish class. Therefore, I took shelter with other students on the school campus, and my father picked me up the following day. At that time, I made my mind up to take up skiing seriously, because I wanted to live without regret after going through the tsunami. Therefore, I reached out to coach Hideki Arai." (1242.com, 03 Jul 2020; indiatimes.com, 09 Mar 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Sprint - Classic Standing Final 2013-02-25 10
Women's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2013-02-27 7
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Final 2013-03-05 10
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-08 13
Women's 15 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 8
Women's 1 km Sprint Standing Semifinal 2014-03-12 9
Women's 5 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 9
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Short Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-24 4
Women's Middle Distance Standing Race 1 2015-01-27 5
Women's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 5
Women's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-31 6
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2017-02-11 3
Women's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 9
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2017-02-14 4
Women's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 6
Women's Sprint Standing Final 2017-02-18 5
Women's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 8
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 6km Standing Final 2018-03-10 9
Women's 10km Standing Final 2018-03-13 11
Women's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 13
Women's 7.5km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 13
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
Women's Middle Distance Standing Final 2019-02-16 10
Women's Sprint Standing Final 2019-02-20 10
Women's Long Distance Standing Final 2019-02-21 8
Mixed Relay Final 2019-02-23 4
Women's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2019-02-24 8