Nobuo Satō

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Nobuo Sato
Nobuo Sato at the 2010 Cup of China.jpg
Sato in 2010
Personal information
Full name Nobuo Sato
Country represented  Japan
Born (1942-01-03) January 3, 1942 (age 75)
Japanese name
Kanji 佐藤信夫
Kana さとう のぶお

Nobuo Satō (佐藤 信夫 Satō Nobuo?, born January 3, 1942 in Osaka) is a Japanese figure skater and coach. He is a ten-time Japanese national champion. He represented Japan at the 1960 Winter Olympics, where he placed 14th, and at the 1964 Winter Olympics, where he placed 8th. His best finish at the World Championships was 4th in 1965.

He is married to Kumiko Okawa, and as of 2011 the couple lives near Yokohama.[1] Their daughter is Yuka Sato, the 1994 World Champion.

Along with Machiko Yamada, he is one of the more successful coaches in Japan. His current and former students include Miki Ando,[2] Mao Asada,[3] Shoko Ishikawa,[4] Hirokazu Kobayashi,[5] Takahiko Kozuka,[6] Yukari Nakano,[7] Yuka Sato, Wun-Chang Shih,[8] and Fumie Suguri.[9]

In February 2010, he was elected to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.[10]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Event 55–56 56–57 57–58 58–59 59–60 60–61 61–62 62–63 63–64 64–65 65–66
Olympics 14th 8th
Worlds 12th 10th 10th 8th 4th 5th
Universiade 2nd 2nd 1st
Japan 3rd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st