Akito Watabe

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Akito Watabe
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Born (1988-05-26) 26 May 1988 (age 30)
Hakuba, Japan
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Ski club Kitano Construction Corp.Ski Club
World Cup career
Seasons 2005–
Individual wins 17
Indiv. podiums 61

Akito Watabe (渡部 暁斗, Watabe Akito, born 26 May 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]

In the 2018 Olympics, Watabe won the silver medal in the normal hill/10 km Nordic combined competition.

Personal life[edit]

His wife, Yurie Watabe, is a Japanese freestyle skier, who specialises in halfpipe.[2]

World Cup wins[edit]

Season Date Location Hill
2011–12 5 Feb 2012 Italy Val di Fiemme HS134/10km
18 Feb 2012 Germany Klingenthal HS140/10km
26 Feb 2012 Czech Republic Liberec HS134/10km
9 Mar 2012 Norway Oslo HS106/10km
2013–14 15 Mar 2014 Sweden Falun HS134/10km
2014–15 6 Mar 2015 Finland Lahti HS130/10km
14 Mar 2015 Norway Oslo HS104/15km
2016–17 11 Feb 2017 Japan Sapporo HS134/10km
11 Mar 2017 Norway Oslo HS104/10km
2017–18 25 Nov 2017 Finland Ruka HS142/10km
26 Jan 2018 Austria Seefeld HS109/5km
27 Jan 2018 Austria Seefeld HS109/10km
28 Jan 2018 Austria Seefeld HS109/15km
3 Feb 2018 Japan Hakuba HS134/10km
10 Mar 2018 Norway Oslo HS104/10km
24 Mar 2018 Germany Schonach HS106/10km
25 Mar 2018 Germany Schonach HS106/15km


  1. ^ Suskin, Jeremy Akito Watabe Brings Home First Olympic Medal in 20 Years for Nordic Skiing Event 02-12-2014
  2. ^ "Who is Akito Watabe?". nbcolympics.org. Retrieved 20 February 2018.

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