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Tae Satoya

Full name: Tae Satoya
Original name: 里谷 多英
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5 (166 cm)
Weight: 121 lbs (55 kg)
Born: June 12, 1976 in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Affiliations: Tokai University/Fuji Telecasting Corporation
Country: JPN Japan
Sport: Freestyle Skiing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

After making her FIS World Cup debut at the age of 15 in 1992, Tae Satoya soon proved to be a consistent performer on the circuit but had never quite made the breakthrough to the highest level prior to the 1998 Winter Games. After a solid if unspectacular qualifying run in Nagano she produced a much better run in the final and then looked on as her more illustrious rivals failed to match her performance. By winning the moguls event in Nagano she became the first Japanese woman to become a Winter Olympic champion. The following month she won her 1st World Cup event and repeated this feat on home snow in Inawashiro in 1999. However these were her only victories at the highest level. Satoya won another Olympic medal, a bronze, in 2002 to confirm her place as one of Japan’s favourite sportswomen.

In 2005 she was involved in an incident that seriously damaged her popularity in her own country. Satoya was arrested following a brawl in Tokyo nightclub which allegedly started when she was asked to desist having intimate relations with a man on a sofa in the VIP room of the club. She was alleged to have struck the nightclub owner whilst in a drunken rage then threw glasses and kicked tables and chairs. This did immense harm to her reputation and led to a loss of sponsorship and a brief suspension from the national team. She continued to compete but, with the exception of a 4th place finish at the 2009 World Championships, she returned to being a journeywoman on the world scene.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 17 Lillehammer Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Japan JPN 11
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Japan JPN 1 Gold
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Japan JPN 3 Bronze
2006 Winter 29 Torino Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Japan JPN 15
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Freestyle Skiing Women's Moguls Japan JPN 19

Women's Moguls

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS TP AP TP T J1TS J2TS J3TS J4TS J5TS J6AS J7AS J6(A1)S J7(A1)S J6(A2)S J7(A2)S J1C J2C J1DD J2DD
1994 Winter 17 Lillehammer Freestyle Skiing Japan Final Round 11 23.18 12.20 5.40 5.58 30.06 4.0 4.2 3.9 4.2 4.0 5.40 5.40
1994 Winter 17 Lillehammer Freestyle Skiing Japan Qualifying Round 10 Q 23.32 11.80 5.80 5.72 30.42 3.6 4.2 4.0 4.2 3.6 5.70 5.90
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Freestyle Skiing Japan Final Round 1 25.06 13.9 4.95 6.21 32.10 4.6 4.6 4.7 4.8 4.5 4.96 4.94
1998 Winter 21 Nagano Freestyle Skiing Japan Qualifying Round 11 Q 22.29 12.7 4.38 5.21 34.73 3.8 4.3 4.4 4.1 4.3 4.23 4.54
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Japan Final Round 3 24.85 13.5 4.94 6.41 34.23 4.5 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.7 4.94 4.94
2002 Winter 25 Salt Lake City Freestyle Skiing Japan Qualifying Round 6 Q 23.65 13.3 4.57 5.78 37.21 4.5 4.4 4.4 4.4 4.6 4.70 4.44
2006 Winter 29 Torino Freestyle Skiing Japan Final Round 15 22.12 11.3 4.80 6.02 27.51 3.3 3.8 3.7 3.8 4.0 1.8 1.7 1.7 1.6 bL fT 1.440 1.390
2006 Winter 29 Torino Freestyle Skiing Japan Qualifying Round 9 Q 23.63 12.4 5.12 6.11 27.18 4.1 4.0 4.1 4.4 4.2 1.8 1.8 2.1 2.0 bL TTS 1.280 1.390
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Freestyle Skiing Japan Final Round 19 12.85 5.6 2.52 4.73 33.69 1.5 2.0 1.8 1.8 2.0 1.7 1.6 0.5 0.4 3 bPp 1.200 1.200
2010 Winter 33 Vancouver Freestyle Skiing Japan Qualifying Round 13 Q 22.15 12.1 3.60 6.45 29.32 4.1 4.1 4.0 4.0 4.0 1.7 1.6 1.4 1.3 3 bPp 1.200 1.200
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