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OTA Shoko
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country, Para Taekwondo
NPC Japan   
GenderWomen
Age30
Height1.64 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began the sport at age eight.
Why this sport?
Cross-country skiing was popular in her hometown, so her close friend suggested the sport to her.
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Canada
General Interest
Nicknames
Cherry Smile (nhk.or.jp, 16 Mar 2014)
Hobbies
Walking, making candy, playing the piano, reading. (nhk.or.jp, 16 Mar 2014)
Hero / Idol
Canadian cross-country skier Brian McKeever. (Athlete, 10 Feb 2014)
Awards and honours
She received the Yamagata Prefecture Citizen Honour Prize in 2014. (skiblog.jp, 18 Sep 2014)

She was chosen as Japan's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)
Other sports
She has competed in both para-cross country skiing and biathlon. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Feb 2014)
Impairment
She was born with an impairment to her left hand. (Vancouver, 12 Feb 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from competitions in 2014. (asahi.com, 14 Feb 2015)

COACHING
She achieved a certificate for coaching para-athletes in Japan in September 2015. (skiblog.jp, 06 Oct 2015)

PRODIGY
She was the youngest Japanese medallist at age 16 at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (hitachi-solutions.com, Dec 2013; nhk.or.jp, 16 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 7.5km Sprint - Standing 29:18.2
3 2006 12.5km Individual - Standing 50:06.4
7 2010 3km Pursuit - Standing 11:57.4
11 2010 12.5km Individual - Standing 51:09.9
6 2014 6km Sprint - Standing 20:24.2
  2014 10km Middle - Standing  DNS
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
9 2006 10km - Standing 41:59.8
5 2006 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 26:36.9
11 2010 5km Classic Style - Standing 20:17.0
5 2010 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 22:21.5
2 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
7 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:50.0
7 2014 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 29:25.6
10 2014 5km Freestyle - Standing 15:31.9
World Championships - Para biathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008/2009 3.6km Pursuit - Standing  
2 2008/2009 12.5km Individual - Standing 56:51.2
4 2012/2013 6km Sprint - Standing 20:48.3
4 2012/2013 10km Middle - Standing 34:16.9
4 2012/2013 12.5km Individual - Standing 45:08.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
7 2004/2005 15km - Standing 58:48.7
3 2004/2005 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 28:00.1
4 2008/2009 15km Classic Style LW2-9 54:14.1
5 2008/2009 3 x 2.5km Relay Open 27:30.4
4 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9  
5 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Standing  
6 2012/2013 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 31:07.9
6 2012/2013 5km - Standing 17:22.3