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Taisei Yamamoto

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Birth dateMarch 29, 2001
BirthplaceTokyo, Japan
SchoolNihon University (currently enrolled)
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 20-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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It was a very difficult season for me, not being able to achieve my desired result at the World Championships. I realized again that it is very important to improve the variation and quality of my entire performance.
In 2022, the Beijing Olympics will finally start. To qualify for the Olympics, I would like to get good results in the World Cups. This summer I will restart from the basics and train with more attention to details. Thank you for your support for the next season. (June 2021)

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Major Results

202117th place, World Ski Championships (Freeski) (USA)
20209th place, World Cup (Canada)
20194th place, Red Bull PlayStreets (Austria)
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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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 has held the All Japan Championships for four years in ski orienteering, a sport where anticipation is rising for its future inclusion in the Olympic Games. He competed in the 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 and laboratory studies.

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I competed in the World Championships last season. Although I was able to give my best, I realised the various differences in performance between me and the top skiers and how difficult it is to get consistent results.
We have a lot of international competitions planned for next season, including the postponed Universiade 2021. I will be training hard from the summer on both physical and map-reading skills, as well as getting a lot of experience in real competitions, so that I can get to the higher ranks as much as possible.
Thank you for your continued support. (June 2021)

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Major Results

2018-211st place, All Japan Ski Orienteering Championships
2019Member, Japan National Team, FISU Winter Universiade (Russia)
2017, 19, 21Member, Japan National Team, World Ski Orienteering Championships (Russia)

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Yuichi Onda (Retired)

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Birth dateJune 24, 1980
BirthplaceNiigata Prefecture, Japan
SchoolKinki University
InterestsNapping, Internet, People-watching
Facebook Yuichi Onda Official Blog “Onda Style” (Japanese)

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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