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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 47 times, claiming nine 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 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.

    With the domination of the German team in the winter of 2016/17, times were tough for Watabe but as usual, the Japanese team leader showed his best form at the end of the winter: the result was an individual silver medal and a Team Sprint bronze together with brother Yoshito at the World Championships in Lahti and a victory over the German athletes in Oslo, as well as rank three in the overall rankings of the winter.



Latest World Cup Results

1724519.03.2017Gundersen LH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup3
1724418.03.2017Gundersen LH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup4
1724115.03.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup4
1723711.03.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KOsloNORWorld Cup1
1720911.02.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KSapporoJPNWorld Cup1
1720810.02.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KSapporoJPNWorld Cup2
1720305.02.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KPyeongChangKORWorld Cup8
1720204.02.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KPyeongChangKORWorld Cup10
1719629.01.2017Gundersen NH HS109/15.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup9
1719528.01.2017Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup7
1719427.01.2017Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 KmSeefeldAUTWorld Cup5
1718922.01.2017Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup6
1718821.01.2017Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup3
1718215.01.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup3
1718013.01.2017Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup8
1717508.01.2017Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup4
1715418.12.2016Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsauAUTWorld Cup5
1715317.12.2016Gundersen NH HS98/10.0 KmRamsauAUTWorld Cup15
1714004.12.2016Gundersen LH HS138/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup6
1713903.12.2016Gundersen NH HS100/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup4
1713327.11.2016Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup3
1713226.11.2016Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup7

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