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Akira Taniguchi

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Family
Wife, daughter and son
Residence
Nagano, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began sit-skiing two years after his accident, around age 22.
Why this sport?
He was an able-bodied skier before his accident, and wanted to return to the sport afterwards.
Name of coach
Shido Kazushi [national], JPN; Kirikubo Yutaka [national], JPN

General interest

Hobbies
Looking after his children and skiing. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Most influential person in career
His family and ancestors. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Seven failures then success." (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games.
(Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Impairment
His lower limbs became impaired due to a spinal cord injury suffered while alpine ski training at high school. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014; Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 14
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 15
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 19
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 11
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 18
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 11
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 18
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-21 12
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2009-02-23 19
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2009-02-23 11
Men's Super-G Sitting Run 2 2009-02-24 22
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2009-02-28 20
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2011-01-16 15
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 17
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 12
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 19
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 7
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 9999