Renowned Japanese coach Nobuo Sato was finally inducted into the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame at the 2012 Four Continents Championships in early February.
The induction of the ten-time national men’s champion was originally scheduled to take place in his homeland at the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, but following the earthquake and tsunami, the award ceremony was put on hold.
Colorado Springs proved to be a fitting venue to honor the venerable coach. It was in that city that Sato, now 70, landed his first triple Salchow in competition and skated into fourth at the 1965 World Championships. It was his highest placement at the global event.
“The content of my program was exactly the way that I wanted it to be. It was the best that I ever skated in my career, and the best placement that I ever had,” Sato recalled.
Originally published in June 2012