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SUGITANI Taizo Name SUGITANI Taizo
NOC JPN - Japan Japan Date of Birth 27 JUN 1976
Residence Gender Male
Height 170 cm Weight 63 kg
Discipline Equestrian

Equestrian

Result
Date Time Event Rank Score Remarks
30 SEP 2014 15 : 15 Jumping Individual Jump-Off BronzeMedal
30 SEP 2014 14 : 00 Jumping Individual Final Round B 6 4
30 SEP 2014 10 : 00 Jumping Individual Final Round A 1 0
28 SEP 2014 13 : 00 Jumping Individual 2nd Qualifier 1 0
28 SEP 2014 13 : 00 Jumping Team Round 2 3 8
28 SEP 2014 09 : 00 Jumping Individual 1st Qualifier 1 0
28 SEP 2014 09 : 00 Jumping Team Round 1 4 4

Competition Highlights

RankEventYearLocation
Olympic Games
28Jumping Individual2008Beijing, CHN
33Jumping Individual2012London, GBR
World Equestrian Games
10Jumping Individual2010Lexington, KY, USA
14Jumping Team2010Lexington, KY, USA
25Jumping Team2014Caen, FRA
73Jumping Individual2014Caen, FRA
World Cup Japan League
6Jumping Individual2012/2013Osaka, JPN
Global Champions Tour
17Jumping Individual2013Vienna, AUT
20Jumping Individual2014London, GBR
24Jumping Individual2012Valencia, ESP
Longines Ranking
252Individual Ranking2014

Detailed Information

Biography
Hobbies Golf, driving. (globalchampionstour.com, 11 Jan 2014)
Occupation Athlete, Horse Trainer
Spouse & Children Wife Richelle Cale
Languages Spoken Japanese, English
Club Sugitani Riding Club, Izumi, JPN
Coach Peter Wylde from 2010 (globalchampionstour.com, 11 Jan 2014; Athlete, 18 Jun 2012)
Plays Right (Athlete, 18 Jun 2012)
Sporting / famous Relatives His father Masayasu Sugitani competed in showjumping at the Olympic Games in 1968, 1972 and 1976. His grandfather Koichi Kawaguchi also competed in the sport. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2012; sugitanirc.com, 01 Sep 2010; sports-reference.com, 01 Sep 2010)
International debut 1994 for Japan (Athlete, 18 Jun 2012)
Additional Information Start of sporting career
He began the sport at age six. (Facebook page, 05 Apr 2014)

Reason for taking up this sport
His family members competed in the sport. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2012)

Ambitions
To become one of the best riders in the world. In retirement he hopes to become a top-level trainer and produce riders who compete at international level. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2012)

Most memorable sporting achievement
Finishing 10th at the 2010 World Equestrian Games [WEG] in Lexington, KY, United States. (globalchampionstour.com, 11 Jan 2014)

Most influential person in career
His father Masayasu Sugitani. (Athlete, 18 Jun 2012)

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Forget the past and future, concentrate on present." (globalchampionstour.com, 11 Jan 2014)

General
EUROPEAN BASE
He relocated to the Netherlands at age 17 and has been based in Europe since. (Facebook, 08 Mar 2014; joc.or.jp, 24 Apr 2008)

OLYMPIC VETERAN
He has competed at five consecutive Olympic Games, beginning at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. (sugitanirc.com, 05 Mar 2014)

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