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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 19-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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In the last season I participated in the world cups as a member of Japanese national team. I was not able to proceed to the finals constantly, which I had been aiming for, but I managed to place 9th at the world cup in Canada.
This year I started going abroad alone and do training for a month. Practicing difficult tricks which I cannot do in Japan enables me to be confident with such tricks in competitions.
For the next season I am aiming for proceeding finals in every world cups and placing within 8th. I also want to be within 30th in the world rankings and to get on the podium of X Games or Dew Tour. The two year Olympic trials begins next season. I am working hard for the medal in the Olympics Beijing 2022. Thank you very much for your support. (June 2020)

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Major Results

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 three 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 study researches.

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In the last season I participated in world cups for the first time. It was a difficult season because of the global lack of snow and outbreak of the novel virus, but thanks to your support I was able to complete the world cups. I am not satisfied with the results well. However, the races in which I did my best clarified my future issue. I am aimimg for the universiade and world championships for the coming season, working harder and more hungrily. (June 2020)

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Major Results

2018-201st place, All Japan Ski Orienteering Championships
2019Member, Japan National Team, FISU Winter Universiade (Russia)
2017, 19Member, 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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