Athletes

A Winter Paralympic Medalist Taekwondo

OTA Shoko

Nickname:Shoko

i enjoy

I love competing in the spotlight. It feels great when I perform a kick and the crowd roars.

Strong points

“My strongest technique is the cut kick, which is a kick that uses the sole of your leading foot.”

  • Sport
    Taekwondo
  • DOB
    1989-07-27
  • Sex
    Female
  • Birth place
    Obanazawa City, Yamagata
  • Team
    SoftBank Corp.
  • Position/Class
    K44 / Women’s +58kg
  • Results
    Latest Triumphs
    ・2018
     11th All Japan Taekwondo Championship Para Kyorugi (Japan)
    1st Place
    ・2018
     4th Asian Para Taekwondo Championships (Vietnam)
    3rd Place
    ・2018
     2018 European Para Taekwondo Open (Bulgaria)
    5th Place
    ・2018
     2018 Kimunyong International Para Taekwondo Open (Korea)
    5th Place
    ・2019
     2019 World Para Taekwondo Championships (Turkey)
    3rd Place
    ・2019
     12th All Japan Taekwondo Championship Para Kyorugi (Japan)
    1st Place
    ・2019
     2019 U. S. Open Para Taekwondo Championships (USA)
    3rd Place
  • Ota was born without fingers on her left hand. She started skiing when she was in third-grade elementary school and showed great talent, leading to her success on the world stage. She has participated in three previous Paralympic Winter Games. She won a bronze medal in biathlon at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games and a silver medal in cross-country skiing at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. She was the flag bearer for the Japanese delegation at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, and she retired later that same year. She went on to become involved in raising awareness for parasports. In around 2016, she started taekwondo and became the first female taekwondo athlete to represent Japan. She is hoping to win in the women’s over-58-kilogram division at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.