Dec 28, 2013

Five-time Olympian Okazaki to retire

Tomomi Okazaki, who skated for Japan at five Winter Olympics, said Saturday she will retire, after failing to make the team for the 2014 Sochi Games. The 42-year-old Okazaki, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 500 meters at the 1998 Nagano Games, ...

Speed skater Tabata qualifies for fifth Olympic team

Dec 27, 2013

Speed skater Tabata qualifies for fifth Olympic team

Speed skater Maki Tabata will be going to the Olympics for the fifth time in February after locking up a spot Friday on Japan’s team for the Sochi Games. The 39-year-old Tabata recorded a time of 1 minute, 59.05 seconds in the women’s 1,500 ...

Nov 16, 2013

Kato captures 14th World Cup title

Joji Kato took the top podium spot in the men’s 500 meters along with Canadian Gilmore Junio in the second World Cup speed skating event of the season on Friday. Kato clocked a time of 34.258 seconds, the same as Junio, for his first ...

Speed skater Kato claims 500-meter national title

Oct 26, 2013

Speed skater Kato claims 500-meter national title

Joji Kato, the Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist in the men’s 500 meters, won his second straight title on Saturday at that distance at the Japan speed skating national championships. Kato, who won his seventh career title, totaled 1 minute, 10.44 seconds over his two ...