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Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.

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 skiers with disabilities can devote themselves to the sport.

In November 2004, Hitachi Solutions established the ski team for athletes with disabilities. The athletes and coaches are active on the global stage in the Paralympics, with our athletes claiming medals in the Nordic ski event four times in a row at the 2006 Torino Games, the 2010 Vancouver Games, the 2014 Sochi Games, and the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.

Also, in April 2014, we established a new "wheelchair track and field division" which attended the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. We are expanding our activities as a comprehensive sports team for players with disabilities, aiming to be active in both the summer and winter Paralympics.

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

Athletes and Coaches

Kazutoshi Nagahama
Head coach

Yoshihiro Nitta
Athlete

Kozo Kubo
Athlete

Yurika Abe
Athlete

Tatsuya Baba
Athlete

Taiki Kawayoke
Athlete(junior team)

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

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)
2017 - 2018 Paralympics, Pyeongchang Yoshihiro Nitta Gold medal(1) Silver 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.