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Team AURORA

Aiming to Become World Champions

Hitachi Solutions created the Team AURORA, which comprises world-class Paralympic and other athletes and coaching staff. Our support for the Team AURORA is symbolic of our corporate values.

Hitachi Solutions Team AURORA

As a sport representing Hitachi Solutions, the entire company is behind our team, “Aurora”, and we have established an environment in which talented disabled skiers can devote themselves to the sport.

In November 2004, Hitachi Solutions established a disabled division. The athletes and coaches are active on the global stage in the Paralympics, with our athletes claiming medals in the Nordic ski event at the 2006 Torino Games, the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games. The total medal count rests at 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.

In 2014 we also established a new wheelchair ski division in order to expand our activities as a sports team catering to all disabled athletes.

Athletes and Coaches


Hideki Arai
Head coach

Arai built up Japan's ski program for people with a disability from the ground up in the build-up to the 1998 Winter Paralympics in Nagano, Japan, as well as creating programs for athlete development, coaching and training.

As a coach of the Japanese national team, Arai has guided medalists in four consecutive Paralympics, starting from Nagano and extending to the Salt Lake, Torino and Vancouver Games.

In addition, Arai has guided numerous winners at the World Championships and at World Cup events.

Hiroyuki Nagata
Athlete and Coach

Disability: Paralyzed below waist (spinal cord injury)
Joined: 2004 (founding member)

Started seriously competing from the age of 30 and has been a trailblazer in the sport of sit skiing in Japan.

Has entered four consecutive Paralympics, starting with the Nagano Games, delivering excellent results each time.

Starting from the 2010 - 2011 season, Nagata scaled back his endeavors to concentrate on domestic competition and pursue young athlete development while facilitating the proliferation of the sport.

Yoshihiro Nitta
Athlete

Disability: Left arm amputee
Joined: 2006

Has reached the podium of international competitions numerous times since joining the team. Nitta has achieved world rankings in consecutive years.

He captured two gold medals at the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver and is a dominant athlete in his sport.

Kozo Kubo
Athlete

Disability: Paralyzed below waist (spinal cord injury)
Joined: 2008

A former wheelchair marathon athlete, Kubo took first place in two separate categories on entering his first competition in Japan. He has since emerged as a leading competitor at the international level.

Kubo took two consecutive wins in World Cup competition - a first for a Japanese sit skier. He has achieved world ranking in consecutive years and has a promising future ahead of him.

Shoko Ota
Athlete

Disability: Congenital deficiency in left fingers
Joined: 2004 (founding member)

Joined the junior team of the Aurora Nordic Ski Team and began entering international competitions, and has since won numerous medals.

Captured a bronze medal in the biathlon at the 2006 Paralympics in Turin, becoming the youngest medalist at 16 years of age. She captured a silver medal in the 2010 Paralympics in Vancouver and currently is a gold medal hope for the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi.

Yurika Abe
Athlete

Disability: Paralyzed left arm
Joined: 2011 (junior team)

Although a relative newcomer to the sport of cross-country skiing, Abe displays a strong aptitude for competition while showing great promise and a desire to succeed. She has an excellent chance to capture a medal in Paralympic competition.

Disciplines

Ski

Cross-country skiing

An endurance sport that takes place on skis, with athletes competing for the best time.

Biathlon

Athletes alternate between shooting and cross-country skiing. Standings are decided by a combination of time and shooting scores.

Wheelchair

Wheelchair track and field

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Major Results

Year Competitive Results
2005 - 2006 Paralympics, Turin Miyuki Kobayashi (retired in 2007, presently Miyuki Iguchi) Gold medal (1), Silver medal (1)
Shoko Ota Bronze medal (1)
2006 - 2007 World Cup Miyuki Kobayashi (retired in 2007, presently Miyuki Iguchi) Biathlon, 1st place overall world ranking
Shoko Ota Biathlon, 1st place overall world ranking
2007 - 2008 World Cup Shoko Ota Cross-country, 2nd place overall world ranking
Yoshihiro Nitta Cross-country, 3rd place overall world ranking
2008 - 2009 World Cup Yoshihiro Nitta Cross-country, 2nd place overall world ranking
Shoko Ota Biathlon, 2nd place overall world ranking
2009 - 2010 Paralympics, Vancouver Yoshihiro Nitta Gold medal (2)
Shoko Ota Silver medal (1)
World Cup Kozo Kubo Biathlon, 2nd place overall world ranking
2010 - 2011 World Cup Kozo Kubo Biathlon, 2nd place overall world ranking
Yoshihiro Nitta Cross-country, 3rd place overall world ranking
Shoko Ota Cross-country, 3rd place overall world ranking
2012 - 2013 World Cup Kozo Kubo Biathlon, 1st place overall world ranking
Shoko Ota Biathlon, 3rd place overall world ranking
2013 - 2014 Paralympics, Sochi Kozo Kubo Bronze medal (1)

Photos

AURORA

The team was named “Aurora”, meaning “daybreak” in Italian, it carries with it our hope for the future development of sports for the disabled. The team mascot is “Aurora”, a Sachalin red fox.