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Languages: Japanese, English
Birth place: Hakuba Nagano
Residence: Nagano Nagano
Skis: Fischer
Bindings: Silvretta
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

1761625.03.2018Gundersen NH HS106/15.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup1
1761524.03.2018Gundersen NH HS106/10.0 KSchonachGERWorld Cup1
1760918.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KKlingenthalGERWorld Cup3
1760817.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KKlingenthalGERWorld Cup3
1760514.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup5
1760413.03.2018Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KTrondheimNORWorld Cup2
1760110.03.2018Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KOsloNORWorld Cup1
1759504.03.2018Gundersen LH HS130/10.0 KLahtiFINWorld Cup5
1756704.02.2018Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KHakubaJPNWorld Cup3
1756603.02.2018Gundersen LH HS134/10.0 KHakubaJPNWorld Cup1
1756028.01.2018Gundersen NH HS109/15.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup1
1755927.01.2018Gundersen NH HS109/10.0 KSeefeldAUTWorld Cup1
1755826.01.2018Gundersen NH HS109/5.0 KmSeefeldAUTWorld Cup1
1755220.01.2018Gundersen LH HS118/10.0 KChaux-NeuveFRAWorld Cup2
1754614.01.2018Gundersen LH HS135/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup7
1754412.01.2018Gundersen LH HS135/10.0 KVal di FiemmeITAWorld Cup5
1751817.12.2017Gundersen NH HS96/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup16
1751716.12.2017Gundersen NH HS96/10.0 KmRamsau am DachsteinAUTWorld Cup5
1750403.12.2017Gundersen LH HS140/10.0 KLillehammerNORWorld Cup6
1749726.11.2017Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup11
1749625.11.2017Gundersen LH HS142/10.0 KRukaFINWorld Cup1
1749524.11.2017Gundersen LH HS142/5.0 KmRukaFINWorld Cup3

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