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Taisei Yamamoto

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Birth dateMarch 29, 2001
BirthplaceTokyo, Japan
InterestsRunning, skateboarding, video games
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Taisei Yamamoto is a top Japanese athlete specializing in ski slopestyle, a type of freestyle skiing which was added to the Olympic program for the first time in Sochi 2014. Despite his young age, the 17-year-old skier has already participated in the PyeongChang Olympics 2018, won the gold medal at the World Junior Championship, and came in 8th at the skiing World Cup 2018.

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I’m Taisei Yamamoto and I joined the Arc Communications Ski Team in 2018. I have been training toward my goal of winning the gold medal as a slopestyle skier at the next Olympic. For this year, my resolution is to grab a place on the podium at the world championship and world cup events!
I recently participated in the PyeongChang Olympics 2018. The large-scale ski course was the most challenging course I have ever experienced, but I was able to improve not only my adaptability but also my performance skills. I achieved new techniques that I couldn’t have done before.
Also, what motivated me the most was being able to perform my own style of skiing on such a great stage as the Olympics! Thank you for your support. (May 2018)

Major Results

2018Japanese National Team Member (First Japanese men’s participant), PyeongChang Olympic (Korea)
20188th place (Japanese men’s record, highest finish), World Cup (USA)
2018Gold medal, World Junior Championship (Italy)
201812th place(1st place in the qualifying round), World Cup (Italy)

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Yuichi Onda

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Birth dateJune 24, 1980
BirthplaceNiigata Prefecture, Japan
SchoolKinki University
InterestsNapping, Internet, People-watching
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Japan National Cross-country Ski Team member in three consecutive Olympic Games: Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014. After the Sochi Olympics, he changed the focus of his ski activities from world championships to domestic events, and took on a new challenge: becoming a Japanese national team member in mountain bike (MTB), which used to be one of his off-season trainings for cross-country ski.

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I have finished my second year since shifting to MTB. In this season, I was able to climb on the podium for the first time and to participate in many rewarding races. I could also figure out points that needed to be improved through a lot of races. Next year, the Rio Winter Olympics will be held. It will be a severe competition, but I will keep making efforts toward that goal as long as there is a possibility for me to enter the Olympics. Even though I will only be skiing at championships in Japan like last season, I will do my best to win the top spot. Thank you for your continued support. (December 2015)

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Major Results

20181st place, men's classical, National Winter Sports Festival of Japan in Niigata
20171st place, men's classical, National Winter Sports Festival of Japan in Nagano
20152nd place, men's sprint freestyle, One Way Cup, Hokkaido, Japan
2014Member, Japanese National Team, Sochi (Russia) 2014 Olympics
2011Bronze medal, individual sprint, Asian Winter Games
2010Member, Japanese National Team, Vancouver (Canada) Winter Games
20094th place (Personal best/Japanese men’s record highest finish), World Cup
20074th place (Personal best/Japanese men’s record highest finish), World Cup
2007Gold medal, individual sprint, Asian Winter Games
2006Member, Japanese National Team, Torino (Italy) Winter Games

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Yuki Ishihara

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Birth dateFebruary 7, 1997
BirthplaceHokkaido, Japan
SchoolThe University of Tokyo (currently enrolled)
InterestsMountain climbing, collecting minerals and rocks
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Yuki Ishihara became the new champion for the first time in 14 years at the All Japan Championship in ski orienteering, a sport where anticipation is rising for its future inclusion in the Olympic Games. He is currently aiming for a spot at Winter Universiade 2019 in Russia, and strives to balance his academic research and sports activities: dedicating his time to ski orienteering while carrying out field study researches.

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Starting as one of the Arc Communications Ski Team members this season, I am training with my eyes set on winning a place in the World Ski Orienteering Championships. Also, I am committed to the promotion and development of ski orienteering, which will make its first entry as a Winter Universiade sport in 2019. Thank you very much for your support. (August 2018)

Major Results

2018Member, Japan National Team, FISU World University Ski Orienteering Championship (Estonia)
20181st place, All Japan Ski Orienteering Championships (Middle, Long)
2018Member, Japan National Team, World Ski Orienteering Championships (Russia)

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