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Ayano Sato

Japan

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSJPN21012199601
NOCJapan
Born10 Dec 1996 in  Kushiro
GenderWomen
ResidenceTakasaki, JPN
OccupationStudent
LanguagesJapanese
Higher educationEducation - Takasaki University of Health and Welfare: Japan
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.44 04 Mar 2017 Hamar  
    1000m 1:16.58 27 Oct 2018 Nagano  
    1500m 1:57.34 17 Nov 2018 Obihiro  
    3000m 4:04.35 10 Feb 2018 Gangneung  
    5000m 7:18.52 21 Dec 2016 Obihiro  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1   2  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/ayano.sato.73  
twitter.com/ayano_sato1210  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportShe was influenced by her older brother.  
Club / TeamTakasaki University of Health and Welfare: Japan  
Name of coachJohan de Wit [national], NED; Koichi Irizawa, JPN, from 2015  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age three in Akkeshi, Japan.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationYOUNGEST
She became the youngest female athlete from Japan to win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games when she was part of the team that claimed victory in the team pursuit at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. She was age 21 years and 73 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Oct 2018; bgf.or.jp, 17 Apr 2018)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"Keep smiling." (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
AmbitionsTo win an individual medal at the world single distances championships. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 12 Sep 2018)  
Awards and honoursIn 2018 she received the Takasaki Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (yomiuri.co.jp, 08 Mar 2018)

In 2018 she was given the Gunma Prefecture Sports Special Honorary Award in Japan. (tokyo-np.co.jp, 08 May 2018)

In 2015 she received the Hokkaido Sports Award in Japan. (pref.hokkaido.lg.jp, 29 Mar 2016)
 
HobbiesShopping, painting her nails. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 12 Sep 2018, 18 Jul 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHer father. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Hero / IdolCzech speed skater Martina Sablikova. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
InjuriesShe fractured the big toe on her right foot after falling at the 2017 World Cup event in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America. (hokkaido-np.co.jp, 11 Dec 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m8  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships Allround10  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 3000m15  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m20  
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall17  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m18  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m24  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps25  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m45