Feb 9, 2014

Kato, Nagashima hit the ice before 500 sprint

Speedskating medal hopefuls Joji Kato and Keiichiro Nagashima on Sunday tested the ice ahead of the men’s 500-meter sprint. “I’m trying to stay aware of my surroundings to control my nerves,” said the former world-record holder Kato, who looked relaxed as he approached South ...

Speedskaters eyeing Sochi payout

Feb 2, 2014

Speedskaters eyeing Sochi payout

Keiichiro Nagashima and former world record holder Joji Kato carry Japan’s hopes in the men’s speedskating competition at the Winter Games, and both have the added incentive of a bumper payout should either of them pick up a gold medal in Sochi. Nagashima and ...

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 ...