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Languages: Japanese, English
Birth place: Hakuba Nagano
Residence: Nagano Nagano
Skis: Fischer
Bindings: Silvretta
Boots: Fischer
Suit: Mizuno
Occupation: Athlete
Education: Waseda University
Marital Status: Married
Hobbies: skiing, mountain biking
Ski Club: Kitano Construction Corp. Ski Club
National Coach: Takanori Kohno
Personal Coach: Kazuyoshi Yamada
  • Akito Watabe started with Nordic Combined when he was 12 years old. At first, it looked like his specialty would lie in ski jumping but after a crash in training in Kuusamo in 2006 where he fell and broke his wrist, he came back as a stronger cross-country skier after the two-month break he had to take.

    For Watabe, who is known as an ambitious hard worker but also as a very open, friendly and easy-going person, Nordic Combined runs in his family. Younger brother Yoshito is also a Nordic Combined athlete in the World Cup circus. Akito's break-through year came in 2011 when he managed to improve his podium ranks from one to fourteen and finished second in the overall World Cup ranking.

    Since then, the Japanese has moved up to be a regular on the World Cup podiums, finishing among the Top 3 40 times, claiming seven individual victories so far. From 2011 onwards, he has always finished among the Top 3 in the overall World Cup standings as well. In 2014, he established himself well and truly among the big names of Nordic Combined by finally winning an individual silver medal at the Olympics in Sochi after having been a victim of the "fourth-place-syndrome" as he called it for quite some time.

    In the winter of 2015/16, Watabe advanced into dominator Eric Frenzel's top challenger with his "fourth-place-syndrome" turning into a "second-place-syndrome": the winter had Watabe finishing in second place incredible eight times and also taking home the crystal medal for the second place in the overall standings again, the third time since 2011.


Latest World Cup Results

1686706.03.2016Gundersen NH HS106/15.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup10
1686605.03.2016Gundersen NH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup3
1685523.02.2016Gundersen LH HS127/10.0 KKuopioFINWorld Cup2
1685321.02.2016Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup3
1685119.02.2016Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup2
1684210.02.2016Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup2
1684109.02.2016Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup4
1683806.02.2016Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KOsloNORWorld Cup2
1683231.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup2
1683130.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup2
1683029.01.2016Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 KmSeefeldAUTWorld Cup2
1682524.01.2016Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup3
1682423.01.2016Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup3
1679020.12.2015Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup9
1678919.12.2015Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup5
1677606.12.2015Gundersen LH HS100/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup6
1677505.12.2015Gundersen LH HS138/10,0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup2

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