Japan at the 2018 Winter Paralympics

Japan sent competitors to the 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The group from Japan competed in para-alpine skiing, para-Nordic skiing, para-snowboarding and sledge hockey.

Japan at the
2018 Winter Paralympics
Flag of Japan.svg
IPC codeJPN
NPCJapan Paralympic Committee
Websitewww.jsad.or.jp (in Japanese)
in Pyeongchang
Competitors38 in 5 sports
Flag bearerMomoka Muraoka (opening)
Medals
Ranked 9th
Gold
3
Silver
4
Bronze
3
Total
10
Winter Paralympics appearances (overview)

TeamEdit

There were three announcements with who would go to the 2018 Winter Games representing Japan. The second announcement was made on 8 February 2018. The last announcement was made on 18 February 2018.[1][2][3] The last announcement said two male para-alpine skiers would be going to South Korea.[4] The country has the third largest team among all nations. It has 38 people.[5]

The table below contains the list of members of people (called "Team Japan") that will be participating in the 2018 Games.

Team Japan
Name Sport Classification Events ref
Gurimu Narita para-snowboarding SB-LL2 [6]
Keiichi Sato para-Nordic skiing biathlon, cross country skiing [7]
Atsushi Yamamoto para-snowboarding [7]

Para-Nordic skiingEdit

SkiersEdit

Keiichi Sato competes in two sports: para-triathlon and para-Nordic skiing. The first sport he did was para-Nordic skiing. As a member of Team Japan, he went to the 2010 and 2014 Winter Paralympics. After para-triathlon became a Paralympic sport, Sato decided to try it. He then was part of Team Japan at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. He then went to the 2017 Triathlon World Championships. After that, he stopped competing in para-triathlon. He wanted to try to medal at the 2018 Winter Paralympics. He thought he needed to focus on para-Nordic skiing to do that.[7]

Schedule and resultsEdit

On 12 March, the 15 km race takes place, with standing and vision impaired women starting at 10:00 PM. Thee sprint classic qualification takes place on 14 March from 10:00 AM – 11:25 AM for both men and women in all classes. It is followed in the afternoon by the semifinals and finals. The classic race takes place on 17 March. The standing and visually impaired women's race takes place from 10:00 AM - 12:30.[8]

Para-snowboardingEdit

SnowboardersEdit

Atsushi Yamamoto is a track and field competitor. He won a silver medal in the men's T42 long jump at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. In November 2017, he went to the World Para Snowboard World Cup in Landgraaf, Netherlands. The World Cup was his first para-snowboarding competition. Also there was Daniel Wagner of Denmark. Wagner won gold in the event which Yamamoto won silver. Both men had decided to compete internationally in snowboarding during the same year.[7]

Schedule and resultsEdit

The snowboard cross event starts on 12 March. It goesfrom 10:30 AM to 5:00 PM for all classes for both men and women.[9] The slalom race is scheduled to take place on 16 March, going from 10:30 AM – 4:55 PM for men and women in all classes.[8]

Para ice hockeyEdit

Summary
Team Group stage Semifinal / Pl. Final / BM / Pl.
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Japan men's   South Korea
L 1–4
  United States
L 0–10
  Czech Republic
L 0–3
4   Norway
L 1–6
  Sweden
L 1–5
8
Mixed Tournament

RosterEdit

Japan's team has 17 men. Their coach is Kojin Nakakita.[10]

Team Japan
Name Position Role Past Games ref
Mikio Annaka forward 2014 [10]
Shinobu Fukushima goaltender 2014 [10]
Susumu Hirose forward [10]
Wataru Horie forward [10]
Hideaki Ishii defenseman [10]
Nao Kodama forward [10]
Masaharu Kumagai forward alternate captain [10]
Eiji Misawa defenseman 2014 [10]
Kazuya Mochizuki goaltender [10]
Keisuke Nagumo forward [10]
Toshiyuki Nakamura defenseman [10]
Taimei Shiba forward 2014 [10]
Yoshihiro Shioya forward [10]
Satoru Sudo defenseman captain 2014 [10]
Kazuhiro Takahashi forward alternate captain 2014 [10]
Daisuke Uehara defenseman 2014 [10]
Mamoru Yoshikawa forward 2014 [10]

QualificationEdit

Japan, Sweden and the Czech Republic were the last 3 teams that were able to go to the 2018 Games. They could go because of how they finished at the Qualification Tournament in October in Ostersund, Sweden in October 2017.[11][12][13]

Preliminary round
Pos Team Pld W OTW OTL L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   United States 3 3 0 0 0 28 0 +28 9 Semifinals
2   South Korea (H) 3 1 1 0 1 7 11 −4 5
3   Czech Republic 3 1 0 1 1 5 13 −8 4 5–8th place semifinals
4   Japan 3 0 0 0 3 1 17 −16 0
Source: PyeongChang 2018
(H) Host
10 March 2018
15:30
South Korea  4–1
(0–0, 1–0, 3–1)
  JapanGangneung Hockey Centre
Attendance: 6,022
11 March 2018
12:00
United States  10–0
(3–0, 6–0, 1–0)
  JapanGangneung Hockey Centre
Attendance: 5,435
13 March 2018
19:00
Czech Republic  3–0
(0–0, 1–0, 2–0)
  JapanGangneung Hockey Centre
Attendance: 4,569
5–8th place semifinal
14 March 2018
20:00
Norway  6–1
(2–0, 3–1, 1–0)
  JapanGangneung Hockey Centre
Attendance: 3,919
Seventh place game
16 March 2018
16:00
Japan  1–5
(0–1, 1–2, 0–2)
  SwedenGangneung Hockey Centre
Attendance: 5,979

Media and televisionEdit

For the first time, the Paralympic Games will be live on television. The 2018 Games will be on NHK.[14] People can watch on NHK General TV and NHK Educational TV channels.[14] Some will be televised with a resolution of 8K.[14] There are going to be 62 hours of live coverage.[14]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ パラリンピック委員会. www.jsad.or.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ パラリンピック委員会|ニュース. www.jsad.or.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  3. ^ パラリンピック委員会|ニュース. www.jsad.or.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. ^ 平昌2018パラリンピック冬季競技大会 日本代表選手団 [Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games Games Japan national team] (PDF). Japanese Paralympic Committee (in Japanese). 18 February 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  5. ^ "PyeongChang to host largest Winter Paralympics next month". Yonhap News Agency. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  6. ^ "PyeongChang 2018 Sport Week: Snowboard Ones to Watch". International Paralympic Committee. 6 February 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d "PyeongChang 2018: 6 dual-sport athletes". International Paralympic Committee. 9 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Programm". Austrian Paralympic Committee (in German). 12 February 2018. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  9. ^ "Programm". Austrian Paralympic Committee (in German). 2 February 2018. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 17 February 2018.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "PyeongChang 2018: Japan name Para ice hockey team". International Paralympic Committee.
  11. ^ "PyeongChang 2018: 10 things to know". www.paralympic.org. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  12. ^ "PyeongChang 2018: Para ice hockey seedings and groups revealed". International Paralympic Committee.
  13. ^ "Ostersund 2017: Sweet Victory for Sweden". International Paralympic Committee.
  14. ^ a b c d "NHK: Zimowe igrzyska paraolimpijskie w 8K | 8K - SATKurier.pl". SATKurier.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 20 February 2018.