佐藤 圭一









Nickname                                     Kurokan Oji [Prince of Cross-country], Biath Oji [Prince of Biathlon]. (, 16 Mar 2014)

Hobbies                                        Climbing, cycling. (, 14 May 2016)

OccupationAthleteLanguages spoken English, Japanese, Russian

Club name                          [Japan]    [national], JPN (,


13 Dec 2017)Other sportsHe competed in cross-country skiing at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. He also represented Japan in triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Sep 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)Debut2007 for Japan, in Germany (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)InjuriesIn 2011 he sustained knee injuries. (, 11 Apr 2011)

In 2009 he injured the lateral meniscus in both of his knees. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)National team2008 (, 14 May 2016)StartHe took up the sport in 2005 in Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018, 10 Feb 2014)ReasonHe was inspired to try the sport by a newspaper article about Yoshihiro Nitta's participation in the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano. He also wanted to take on the challenge of seeing how strong he could be. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018;, 03 Feb 2010)AmbitionTo win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and to compete in triathlon at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 11 Feb 2017; Twitter profile, 30 Aug 2016)TrainingHe competes in both Para triathlon and Para biathlon, and believes the training sessions for each sport complement each other. He particularly finds that swimming helps him to build up physical strength in his upper limbs. He trains for a maximum of 10 hours a day. (, 20 Sep 2017;, 11 Feb 2017)Memorable AchievementCompeting at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014, and qualifying for the 2016 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 03 Sep 2016)HeroNorwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)InfluenceNorwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)Philosophy"Be brave." (Facebook profile, 22 Jan 2017)AwardsIn 2014 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Sport Award for Encouragement in Japan. (, 12 May 2014)

In 2012 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Sport Award. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)

In 2010 he received the Aichi Prefecture Para Sport Excellence Award. (, 28 Apr 2010)Additional informationClassificationLW8 (IPC, 18 Feb 2018 Cross Country Ski.Biathlon)

PTS5 (PARA Triathlon)

Type of ImpairmentLimb deficiency (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)

Origin of ImpairmentCongenital (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)

Impairment DetailsHe has a congenital impairment to his left hand, due to hypoplasia. (Athlete, 03 Sep 2016)