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World Figure Skating HOF 2010 class announced

Sato chosen for induction

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(02/10/2010) - Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Nobuo Sato, a 10-time Japanese champion and World and Olympic coach, has been chosen for induction into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame (WHOF) Class of 2010, WHOF Chair Dr. Lawrence Mondschein announced today.

Sato is being inducted in the "Outstanding Contributor with a Creative Impact" category. His on-ice induction is tentatively scheduled to take place at the 2011 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan.

"I am pleased by Mr. Sato's election to the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame," Mondschein said. "He continues to make significant contributions to figure skating in Japan and around the world as an Olympic and World coach. I would like to thank the nominators, nominees and electors for their continued support of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame."

Sato grew up in Osaka, Japan, and began skating at age 11. He has dedicated more than 50 years to the sport as an athlete and coach. He won a record-setting 10 Japanese championships, and competed in six World Championships and two Olympic Winter Games (1960, 1964).

Following his retirement, Sato began coaching. Among his many students was 1994 World champion and daughter, Yuka Sato, who was also coached by his wife and two-time Olympian Kumiko Okawa.

The 68-year-old will be in Vancouver, British Columbia, coaching three-time Japanese champion Takahiko Kozuka, while the younger Sato will be there coaching two-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott.

For more information on the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame, please visit

http://www.worldskatingmuseum.org/WHOF.htm.