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Aline dos Santos Rocha



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Husband Fernando Orso
São Caetano do Sul, BRA
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Western Santa Catarina [UNOESC]: Joaçaba, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para cross-country skiing in 2010 in Joacaba, Brazil.
Why this sport?
She began practising Para athletics before taking up Para cross-country after another athlete invited her to try the sport.
Club / Team
Clube IEMA: São Caetano do Sul, BRA
Name of coach
Fernando Orso [husband], BRA

General interest

Reading. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Reaching the final of the T54 1500m [athletics] at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and finishing fourth in the sprint event [Para cross-country skiing] at the 2018 World Cup event in Vuokatti, Finland. (Facebook page, 16 Dec 2018; Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her coach and husband Fernando Orso. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
In 2012 an intestinal torsion meant that she required emergency surgery and could not train for a month. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018;, 11 Nov 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make today better than yesterday." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Best Female Para Cross-Country Skier of the Year by the Brazilian Confederation of Snow Sports [CBDN]. (, 05 Jun 2018)

She was flag bearer for Brazil at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 09 Mar 2018)

In 2015 she received a Cruzeiro Medal in Joacaba, Brazil. (, 03 Sep 2015)
Other sports
She represented Brazil in athletics at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, reaching the final of the T54 1500m. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
She became the first female athlete representing Brazil to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games when she raced in three cross-country skiing events at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Apr 2018;, 28 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her husband Fernando Orso has served as a coordinator at the Regional Association of Athletes with an Impairment [ARAD] in Joacaba, Brazil. He has also worked as her coach. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018;, 12 Jan 2017)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 28 Mar 2018)
She has paraplegia as the result of a car accident in 2006. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018;, 03 Mar 2013)
Other information
She was not interested in sport growing up, but she found she became a lot more active during her rehabilitation after she was involved in a car accident at age 15. "I do not look at my life in terms of what happened before and after the accident, but in terms of before and after sports. The accident may have taken away my right to walk, but the sport gave me wings." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-12 6
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-13 9
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-14 5
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 10
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 12km Sitting Final 2018-03-11 15
Women's 1.1km Sprint Sitting Final 2018-03-14 22
Women's 5km Sitting Final 2018-03-17 12
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 13