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Kei Saito

Short Track JPN

Kei Saito

Kei Saito
  • Birth date 2/20/1996
  • Residence Sagamihara
  • Height/Weight 5'3"/ 121 lbs

Biography

  • Residence
  • Sagamihara, JPN
  • Club / Team
  • Kanagawa University: Yokohama, JPN
  • Higher education
  • Human Biology - Kanagawa University: Yokohama, JPN
  • Hobbies
  • Fishing. (skatingjapan.or.jp, 03 Aug 2015)
  • Memorable sporting achievement
  • Winning a bronze medal in the 3000m relay at the 2013 World Junior Championships in Warsaw, Poland. (Athlete, 11 Feb 2016)
  • Famous relatives
  • His sister Hitomi has competed in short track and was part of the Japan team that finished eighth in the 3000m relay at the 2014 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. His brother Yu has also competed in the sport at an elite level. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Dec 2014; sanspo.com, 12 Oct 2014; 47news.jp, 01 Feb 2012)
  • Why this sport?
  • He was encouraged to take up the sport by his siblings.
  • Most influential person in career
  • Coach Saburo Imai. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)
  • Hero / Idol
  • Canadian short track speed skater Charles Hamelin. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017, 11 Feb 2016)
  • Awards and honours
  • In 2013 he received the Kanagawa Prefecture Sports Excellence Award in Japan. (kanagawa.jp, 30 Nov 2013)
  • Name of coach
  • Jonathan Guilmette [national], CAN; Eitoku Ike, JPN, from 2015
  • When and where did you begin this sport?
  • He joined the Sagamihara Skating Club in Japan at about age seven.
  • Occupation
  • Student
  • Languages
  • Japanese
  • Sporting philosophy / motto
  • "Continuity becomes power." (Athlete, 08 Nov 2017)
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