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Akira Kano

Alpine Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Family
One son [2019]
Residence
Sapporo, JPN
Occupation
Human Resources
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Engineering - Iwate University: Japan

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in the fifth grade of primary school in Kitami, Japan, and began competing in grade seven of middle school.
Why this sport?
He was taught to ski by his father, who was a coach. He was inspired to take up the sport seriously after watching the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano on television.
Club / Team
Maruhan: Japan
Name of coach
Saori Ishii [national], JPN

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Abtenau, AUT

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in super G and downhill at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para alpine skier Taiki Morii. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; Nippon Challenged Athlete Radio, 22 Mar 2021)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He suffered a rib fracture in 2005. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Hokkaido Shinbun Press Sport Award in Japan. (maruhan.co.jp, 05 Dec 2014)

He was Japan's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

He received numerous honours in Japan including the Hokkaido Medal of Honour, the Abashiri City Medal of Honour, and the Nagano Shinano Mainichi Award, after winning a gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in wheelchair marathon at national level. (sapporospokyo.heteml.jp, 20 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to compete at the 2026 Games in Milan-Cortina. (nikkei.com, 16 Feb 2022; Nippon Challenged Athlete Radio, 22 Mar 2021)
Impairment
He sustained spinal cord injuries in a traffic accident while he was in the third grade of primary school. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018, 16 Feb 2014)
Other information
OTHER ROLES
He has served on the board of directors of the Japan Para Ski Federation. (jps-ski.com, 28 Oct 2020, 15 Dec 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 27
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 6
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 1
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 3
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-21 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Run 2 2009-02-24 2
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2009-02-28 4
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2011-01-16 1
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 11
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 9999
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 14
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 3
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 1
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 1
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 7
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 9999
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 7
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 5
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2015-03-07 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 11
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 3
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 4
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 11
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 5
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 5
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 9999
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-23 9999
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 9999