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More than 50 athletes from 20 countries supported by Toyota will compete at the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games

(TORONTO, ONTARIO – Feb 7, 2018) As a Worldwide Olympic Partner and a Worldwide Paralympic Partner, the true challenge for Toyota and its President and CEO Akio Toyoda is to stimulate the 80-year-old company by reinforcing its core values and inspiring its 370,000 employees worldwide to help create a society where mobility is an opportunity for people to achieve their dreams. Sports are the ideal endeavour to do just that, especially with an event that unites the world.

“I have a profound respect for sports, which have a unique power to offer hope and purpose and inspire us all to never give up,” said Akio Toyoda, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation. “It is exciting to watch athletes from all over the world compete on a level playing field, where anything can happen. This concept, when carried over to society, means a place where everyone can participate and contribute, where people turn their weaknesses into strengths with optimism and a fighting spirit – and a strong and determined desire to improve and be better.”

At PyeongChang 2018, Toyota, its affiliates, and distributors around the world will support more than 50 athletes from 20 countries competing in events on the ice, in the snow, or sliding down tracks.  This “Team Toyota” includes two Canadian athletes:

  • Carle Brenneman (Comox, B.C., snowboard) will compete in her first Olympic Winter Games, in the snowboard cross event. Competing on the World Cup tour with the Canadian national team since 2011, she took home three World Cup top tens, including a World Cup Bronze in the SBX team event with teammate Tess Critchlow at the 2017 Veysonnaz World Cup. Brenneman then finished things off with a 2nd place at the Sports Experts Speed Nation Nationals at Mont Tremblant, QC.

  • Jane Channell (North Vancouver, B.C., bobsleigh skeleton) will represent Canada for the first time at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She started the sport of skeleton in 2011. Jane grew up a multisport athlete playing basketball, soccer, softball and running on the track team. Jane is in her seventh year of sliding, has finished third overall on the World Cup circuit and has been on the podium three times.

“Team Toyota” also includes Toyota employees who have been able to continue training and practicing at the highest level while working at the company in Japan:

  • Taiki Morii (Japan, Para alpine skiing) decided to started sit-skiing after watching the Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano in 1998 while in the hospital following an accident. He has earned four medals from his participation in four prior Paralympic Winter Games.  Riding his chair-ski that uses Toyota technology, he will ski for a gold medal at PyeongChang 2018.

  • Ayuko Ito (Japan, women’s short track speed skating) is competing in her third Olympic Winter Games, after appearing in Sochi (2014) and Vancouver (2010). She is an employee of the Toyota Short Track Speed Skating Team.

  • Sumire Kikuchi (Japan, women’s short track speed skating) will experience her first Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. She competed in the 2018 Japanese national championships and won the Ladies’ 500-metre final in December. Kikuchi is a member of the Toyota Short Track Speed Skating Team.

  • Hiroki Yokoyama (Japan, men’s short track speed skating) is another newcomer to the Olympic Winter Games. Yokoyama competed in the 2018 Japanese national championships and won the Mens’ 1,500-metre final in December. He is also a member of the Toyota Short Track Speed Skating Team.

  • Shoma Uno (Japan, men’s figure skating) is having his debut at the Olympic Winter Games at PyeongChang 2018. In December 2017, Uno captured silver at two separate events, one at the Four Continents Championships, and the other the Japanese National Championships.

  • Satoru Terao (International Skating Union technical committee member) has attended and experienced four Olympic Winter Games previously as a medal hopeful and contender in speed skating. He will use his years of experience to provide support for the technical operations this year at PyeongChang 2018. Terao is a supervisor of the Toyota Short Track Speed Skating Team.

Additionally, Toyota has built relationships with athletes around the world in various disciplines. In selecting Team Toyota athletes, the company, its affiliates and distributors around the world looked for individuals that best reflect Toyota’s core values: be caring; be a natural challenger; represent the kaizen spirit; have a love of learning and be curious; be honest with strong work ethic; be a team player; be accountable; be humble and thankful; and respect others. 

Some of them shared their personal stories at the Toyota Mobility Summit in Athens, held for the first time last October. Others are featured in the company’s global corporate initiative, “Start Your Impossible.”  New videos and television commercials will be introduced to a global audience during the events of PyeongChang 2018.

Below is the full list of athletes supported by Toyota, its affiliates, or its distributors around the world, who are either competing or are expected to compete at PyeongChang 2018:

Name

Country

Event

Belle Brockhoff

Australia

snowboard

Mitch Gourley

Australia

Para alpine skiing

Sebastian De Buck

Belgium

snowboard

Isabel Clark Ribeiro

Brazil

snowboard

Carle Brenneman

Canada

snowboard

Jane Channell

Canada

skeleton

Eva Samkova

Czech Republic

snowboard

Daniel Jorgensen

Denmark

Para snowboard

Elena  Rigas

Denmark

speed skating

Matti Suur-Hamari

Finland

Para snowboard

Alexis Contin

France

speed skating

Benjamin Daviet

France

Para biathlon, Para cross country skiing

Chloe Trespeuch

France

snowboard

Jason  Lamy-Chappuis

France

Nordic combined

Maxime Montaggioni

France

Para snowboard

Andrea Eskau

Germany

Para biathlon

Moritz Muller

Germany

ice hockey

Anna Cappellini

Italy

figure skating (ice dance pair)

Arianna Fontana

Italy

short track speed skating

Luca Lanotte

Italy

figure skating (ice dance pair)

Tori Seduti

Italy

Para ice hockey

Ayuko Ito

Japan

short track speed skating

Hiroki Yokoyama

Japan

short track speed skating

Sumire Kikuchi

Japan

short track speed skating

Shoma Uno

Japan

figure skating

Taiki Morii

Japan

Para alpine skiing

Alexandr Gerlits

Kazakhstan

Para cross country

Anna Shevchenko

Kazakhstan

cross country skiing

Denis Kuzin

Kazakhstan

speed skating

Kairat Kanafin

Kazakhstan

Para biathlon

Zhanbota Aldabergenova

Kazakhstan

freestyle skiing - aerial

Zhanyl Baltabayeva

Kazakhstan

Para cross country skiing

Han Min Su

Korea

Para ice hockey

Evgeniy Timofeev

Kyrgyzstan

alpine skiing

Arly Velasquez

Mexico

Para alpine skiing

Chris Vos

Netherlands

Para snowboard

Ireen Wüst

Netherlands

speed skating

Suzanne Schulting

Netherlands

short track speed skating

Seun Adigun

Nigeria

bobsleigh

Daniel Andre Tande

Norway

ski jumping

Johannes Høsflot Klæbo

Norway

cross country skiing

Menna Fitzpatrick

UK

Para alpine skiing

Chloe Kim

USA

snowboard

Gus Kenworthy

USA

freestyle skiing

Hailey Langland

USA

snowboard

J.R. Celski

USA

short track speed skating

Lindsey Jacobellis

USA

snowboard

Rico Roman

USA

Para ice hockey

Oksana Masters

USA

Para cross country skiing, Para biathlon

Ted Ligety

USA

alpine skiing

Torin Yater-Wallace

USA

freestyle skiing

 

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Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is the global mobility company that introduced the Prius hybrid-electric car in 1997 and the first mass-produced fuel cell sedan, Mirai, in 2014. Headquartered in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota has been making cars since 1937. Today, Toyota proudly employs 370,000 employees in communities around the world. Together, they build around 10 million vehicles per year in 29 countries, from mainstream cars and premium vehicles to mini-vehicles and commercial trucks, and sell them in more than 170 countries under the brands Toyota, Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino. For more information, please visit www.toyota-global.com.