Satsuki Fujisawa

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Satsuki Fujisawa
Miyo Ichikawa Satsuki Fujisawa.jpg
Miyo Ichikawa and Satsuki Fujisawa (right)
Born (1991-05-24) 24 May 1991 (age 27)
Team
Curling clubLoco Solare CC,
Kitami, Japan
SkipSatsuki Fujisawa
ThirdChinami Yoshida
SecondYumi Suzuki
LeadYurika Yoshida
AlternateMari Motohashi
Career
World Championship
appearances
3 (2013, 2016, 2018)
Pacific-Asia Championship
appearances
6 (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Olympic
appearances
1 (2018)

Satsuki Fujisawa (藤澤 五月, Fujisawa Satsuki, born 24 May 1991) is a Japanese curler from Kitami, Hokkaido. As a skip, she has won the Japanese national championship five times. Fujisawa skipped the bronze medal-winning Japanese team at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Career[edit]

Fujisawa's junior career began with a championship at the 2008 Pacific Junior Curling Championships over China's Sun Yue. This qualified her and her Japanese team for the 2008 World Junior Curling Championships, where they finished 7th with a 3-6 record. Fujisawa defended her Pacific Junior title by winning the 2009 Pacific Junior Curling Championships defeating China's Liu Jinli in the final. At the 2009 World Junior Curling Championships, she skipped Japan to a last place (10th) finish and a 2-7 record.

In 2011, Fujisawa played in her first non-junior international event, skipping for Japan at the 2011 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships. She placed 4th in the event, finishing with a 2-6 record. Fujisawa won her first World Curling Tour event in 2012 by winning the 2012 Shamrock Shotgun over the South Korean national team, skipped by Kim Eun-jung. Later that year, she skipped Japan to a silver medal at the 2012 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships. Later in the season, she skipped the Japanese women's team to a 7th-place finish at the 2013 World Women's Curling Championship. In September 2013, Fujisawa and her Karuizawa-based rink, who had won the last three straight national championships, participated in the national trials for the Olympic Qualification Event 2013. They lost the best-of-seven final of the trials to Ayumi Ogasawara's Sapporo-based rink in six games, which eliminated their chances of competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Fujisawa left the team and joined Mari Motohashi's rink as skip in May 2015, moving from Karuizawa back to Kitami, where she had grown up and played junior curling until 2009. Half a year later, Fujisawa and her new team represented Japan at the 2015 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships, where she led Japan to its first gold medal since 2005 by winning the final match against South Korea's Kim Ji-sun. Later that season, Fujisawa with third Chinami Yoshida, second Yumi Suzuki, lead Yurika Yoshida and alternate Mari Motohashi also competed for Japan at the 2016 World Women's Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada. In the round-robin stage of the event, they finished second with a 9-2 record and advanced to the playoffs. They lost the 1v2 game to Binia Feltscher from Switzerland, and then rebounded with a semifinal win over Russia's Anna Sidorova to earn a berth into the gold medal match. There, Fujisawa's rink was defeated by the Swiss team again but secured silver, which was Japan's first-ever podium finish at a world championship.

Fujisawa skipped the Japanese rink at the 2016 Pacific-Asia Curling Championships. After posting a 6-1 round robin record, tied with China and South Korea, she would lead her team to a defeat against China in the semi-final. This meant that she would not be able to defend her silver medal at the World Championships, as she had to make it to the finals to qualify Japan for the 2017 Worlds.

Fujisawa began the 2017-18 curling season by winning the Hokkaido Bank Curling Classic.[2] The team won the 2017 Japanese Olympic Curling Trials in September 2017, defeating the Chiaki Matsumura rink 3 games to 1 in a best-of-five series.[3][4][5]

Fujisawa skipped the Japanese team that won the 2018 Olympics women curling bronze medal.[6]

Fujisawa represented Japan in the second leg of the 2018–19 Curling World Cup in Omaha, United States, which her team would end up winning, defeating South Korea's Kim in the final.[7]

Mixed Doubles[edit]

After the 2018 Olympics, Fujisawa was awarded a wild-card spot in the 2018 Japan Mixed Doubles Curling Championship with fellow Olympian Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi.[8] Despite having never teamed together and having very little mixed doubles experience overall, Fujisawa and Yamaguchi went undefeated to win the championship and the right to represent Japan at the 2018 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, where they would finish fifth overall.

Personal life[edit]

Fujisawa graduated from Hokkaido Kitami Hokuto High School in Kitami City in 2010. From then to early 2015, residing in Nagano Prefecture, she was employed as a curler and office worker for Chubu Electric Power, which has owned a competitive women's curling team based in Karuizawa, Nagano since 2009. Since returning to Kitami, she has been an employee of one of the local companies sponsoring her present team.

Grand Slam record[edit]

Key
C Champion
F Lost in Final
SF Lost in Semifinal
QF Lost in Quarterfinals
R16 Lost in the round of 16
Q Did not advance to playoffs
T2 Played in Tier 2 event
DNP Did not participate in event
N/A Not a Grand Slam event that season
Event 2013–14 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
Elite 10 N/A DNP
Masters Q DNP DNP DNP DNP Q
Tour Challenge N/A DNP DNP DNP DNP
The National N/A DNP DNP DNP
Canadian Open N/A DNP DNP DNP DNP
Players' DNP DNP DNP DNP QF
Champions Cup N/A Q DNP DNP

Former events[edit]

Event 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Manitoba Lotteries Q DNP Q N/A
Autumn Gold DNP DNP Q SF

Teams[edit]

Season Skip Third Second Lead Alternate Events
2007–08 Satsuki Fujisawa Shiori Fujisawa Yui Okabe Madoka Shinoo Yukina Furuse WJCC[9]
2008–09 Satsuki Fujisawa Shiori Fujisawa Yui Okabe Madoka Shinoo Kai Tsuchiya WJCC[10]
2009–10 Satsuki Fujisawa Miyo Ichikawa Emi Shimizu Miyuki Satoh
2010–11 Satsuki Fujisawa Miyo Ichikawa Emi Shimizu Miyuki Satoh Chiaki Matsumura
2011–12 Satsuki Fujisawa Miyo Ichikawa Emi Shimizu Miyuki Satoh Chiaki Matsumura PCC
2012–13 Satsuki Fujisawa Miyo Ichikawa Emi Shimizu Chiaki Matsumura Miyuki Satoh PCC, WCC[11]
2013–14 Satsuki Fujisawa Miyo Ichikawa Emi Shimizu Miyuki Satoh Chiaki Matsumura
2014–15 Satsuki Fujisawa Emi Shimizu Chiaki Matsumura Ikue Kitazawa Hasumi Ishigooka
2015–16 Satsuki Fujisawa Chinami Yoshida Yumi Suzuki Yurika Yoshida Kotomi Ishizaki / Mari Motohashi PCC[12], WCC[13]
2016–17 Satsuki Fujisawa Chinami Yoshida Yumi Suzuki Yurika Yoshida Mari Motohashi PCC[14]
2017–18 Satsuki Fujisawa Chinami Yoshida Mari Motohashi / Yumi Suzuki Yurika Yoshida Yumi Suzuki / Mari Motohashi PCC[15], OG[16]
2018–19 Satsuki Fujisawa Chinami Yoshida Yumi Suzuki Yurika Yoshida — / Kotomi Ishizaki CWC[17], PCC[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2018 Continental Cup Media Guide
  2. ^ http://www.worldcurl.com/events.php?task=Event&view=Main&eventid=4801
  3. ^ http://www.worldcurling.org/owg2018/team-japan-profile
  4. ^ http://www.curling.or.jp/result/trial/pyeongchang2017/pyeongchang2017-result.html
  5. ^ http://www.curlingzone.com/event.php?eventid=5006&eventtypeid=82&view=Main#1
  6. ^ Keating, Steve (February 24, 2018), "Curling: Japan win bronze to claim first Olympic medal", Reuters
  7. ^ "Japan clinch women's final after last-stone dram". Curling World Cup. 2018-12-09. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  8. ^ http://www.curling.or.jp/result/jmdcc/2018/jmdcc2018toppage.html
  9. ^ "World Junior Curling Championships 2008". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  10. ^ "World Junior Curling Championships 2009". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  11. ^ "World Women's Curling Championship 2013 - Teams". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  12. ^ "Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2015 - Teams". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  13. ^ "Teams » Curling Canada 2016 Ford World Women's Curling Championship". Curling Canada. 2016-02-16. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  14. ^ "Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2016 - Teams". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  15. ^ "Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2017 - Teams". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  16. ^ "Historic first ever Olympic medal for Japan". World Curling Federation. 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  17. ^ "Teams, First Leg - Suzhou, China Events". Curling World Cup. Retrieved 2018-10-15.
  18. ^ "Pacific-Asia Curling Championships 2018 - Teams". World Curling Federation. Retrieved 2018-11-10.

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