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NITTA Yoshihiro
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age38
Height1.77 m
Weight 68 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Two sons
Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Tsukuba: Japan
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at a youth sports club in Okayama Prefecture, Japan, while he was in his third year of primary school.
Why this sport?
His father was a skier, and encouraged him to try the sport.
Club / Team
Hitachi Solutions: Japan
Name of coach
Hideki Arai [club], JPN; Kazutoshi Nagahama [national], JPN
Senior International Debut
Year
1997
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Nagano, JPN
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, going to the gym, watching sports. (nitta-yoshihiro.com, 19 Jan 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His grandfather. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
German Para Nordic skier Thomas Olsner. (Athlete, 09 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In December 2014 he suffered an injury to his left heel. He sustained a recurrence of the injury during training in December 2016. (theborderless.jp, 07 Apr 2017; skiblog.jp, 07 Jan 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Impossible is nothing." (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Okayama Prefecture Sports Special Prize in Japan. (pref.okayama.jp, 11 Apr 2014)

In 2010 he received the Tokyo Honour Prize and Citizen Sport Grand Prize in Japan. (sports-tokyo.info, 13 Apr 2010)

He received the Okayama Prefecture Honour Prize and Sports Special Prize in recognition of winning two gold medals at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014; pref.okayama.jp, 12 Apr 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in cross-country skiing [1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014] and biathlon [1998, 2002, 2010] at the Paralympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (theborderless.jp, 07 Apr 2017)
Impairment
When he was a child, his left arm was amputated below the elbow after it got caught in a combine harvester that his grandfather was driving. (hitachi-solutions.co.jp, 27 Jan 2013)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Japan Para Ski Federation. (sajd.com, 25 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 1998 7.5km Individual LW6/8 32:46.0
20 2002 7.5km Individual - Standing 19:56.4
10 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing  
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
8 1998 5km Classic Style LW5/7,6/8 17:46.8
8 1998 15km Freestyle LW5/7,6/8 33:07.0
8 1998 20km Classic Style LW2-9 1:17:57.7
5 1998 4 x 5km Relay - Standing/Visually Impaired 1:29:53.2
3 2002 5km Classic Style LW5-9 14:00.4
14 2002 10km Freestyle LW5-9 28:34.6
18 2002 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:07:36.2
9 2002 1 x 2.5 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 52:33.0
13 2006 10km - Standing 32:30.4
20 2006 5km - Standing 14:21.7
5 2006 20km - Standing 1:07:00.9
1 2010 10km Classic Style - Standing 28:47.7
5 2010 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 41:48.8
1 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
4 2014 20km Classic Style - Standing 59:31.7 
12 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:21.2
7 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:25.6
17 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 27:02.5
2 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 4:20.5
1 2018 10km Classic Style - Standing 26:29.9
4 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 25:48.0
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2002/2003 12.5km Individual - Standing 45:51.4
10 2002/2003 7.5km Sprint - Standing 26:43.8
9 2004/2005 7.5km Sprint - Standing 27:42.6
  2004/2005 12.5km Individual - Standing  DNS
8 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002/2003 5km - Standing 15:33.1
1 2002/2003 10km - Standing 32:15.8
6 2002/2003 1 x 3.5 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 54:20.6
4 2002/2003 20km - Standing 1:06:28.2
16 2004/2005 10km - Standing 32:23.8
2 2004/2005 5km - Standing 13:38.2
12 2004/2005 20km - Standing 1:02:02.3
9 2004/2005 1 x 3.75 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 44:02.8
  2008/2009 20km Classic Style LW2-9  DNF
4 2008/2009 1 x 4 + 2 x 5km Relay Open 47:12.3
8 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9  
6 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
3 2016/2017 20km - Standing 58:51.6
17 2016/2017 10km - Standing 25:46.0