Akito Watabe

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Akito Watabe
Akito Watabe Eisenerz 2008b.jpg
Personal information
Born (1988-05-26) May 26, 1988 (age 26)
Hakuba, Japan
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Professional information
Club Kitano Construction Corp.Ski Club
Skis Fischer & Silvretta
World Cup
Seasons 2005–
Wins 4
Additional podiums 12
Total podiums 16

Akito Watabe (渡部 暁斗 Watabe Akito?, born May 26, 1988) is a Japanese Nordic combined skier who has been competing since 2005. He won a gold medal in the 4 × 5 km team event at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec and earned his best individual finish of 31st in the 7.5 km sprint at Sapporo in 2007.

Competing in two Winter Olympics, Watabe earned his best finish of sixth in the 4 x 5 team event at Vancouver in 2010 and had his best individual finish of ninth in the 10 km individual large hill event at those same games.

His best World Cup finish was third at a 10 km individual large hill event in Finland in March 2010, until the 2011/2012 season when he started to win World Cup competitions.

During the Winter 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Akito Watabe took home the Silver Medal in the Nordic Combined Individual Gundersen NH / 10 km, Cross-Country event.[1]

World Cup Wins[edit]

Season Date Location Hill
2011–12 5 Feb 2012 Italy Val di Fiemme HS134
18 Feb 2012 Germany Klingenthal HS140
26 Feb 2012 Czech Republic Liberec HS134
9 Mar 2012 Norway Oslo HS106