Career Highlights: Kato is considered one the brightest rising stars on the international speedskating scene. While he finished sixth in the
500 meters at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Kato became the first junior skater to break the 35-second barrier in
the 500. A former world-record holder in the 500, he won a World Championship in the event at the 2005 World Single Distance
Championships. Kato finished the 2008-09 season with two gold and two bronze medals.