Para Arena a barrier-free home base for athletes

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

With the start of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics just two years away, para athletes have begun to ramp up preparations and intensify their training. But many face major disadvantages due to a lack of training facilities with features such as air conditioning or barrier-free entrances. Harsher challenges often face participants in ...

Yoshihiro Nitta wins cross-country 10-km classical gold medal

Mar 17, 2018

Yoshihiro Nitta wins cross-country 10-km classical gold medal

Yoshihiro Nitta won gold in the standing cross-country 10-km classical skiing on Saturday at the Winter Paralympics. Nitta crossed the finish line at Alpensia Biathlon Centre in a disability-factored time of 24 minutes, 6.8 seconds. Grygorii Vovchynskyi of Ukraine finished 8.7 seconds behind Nitta for ...

Determination inspires Momoka Muraoka in gold-medal quest

Mar 15, 2018

Determination inspires Momoka Muraoka in gold-medal quest

After winning two bronze and a silver, Alpine sit skier Momoka Muraoka's determination pushed her to win the best-colored medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics At 21, she became the youngest Japanese athlete to win gold at the Winter Paralympics when she topped the 10-woman ...

Chernobyl victim captures gold at Paralympics

Mar 14, 2018

Chernobyl victim captures gold at Paralympics

An American skier who suffered birth defects due to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and spent her early life in orphanages said she was "on cloud nine" after winning gold in the 1.1-km cross-country sprint skiing at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on Wednesday. Oksana Masters was ...

Momoka Muraoka claims Japan's first gold of Pyeongchang Paralympics

Mar 14, 2018

Momoka Muraoka claims Japan's first gold of Pyeongchang Paralympics

Sit skier Momoka Muraoka raced to Japan's first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on Wednesday in the women's Alpine skiing giant slalom. Muraoka finished in a disability-factored, two-run total of 2 minutes, 26.53 seconds at Jeongseon Alpine Centre, beating out the Netherlands' Linda ...