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NARITA Gurimu
Sport Freestyle Skiing, Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthOsaka, JPN
Height1.72 m
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried snowboarding at age one in Osaka, Japan, and began to pursue Para snowboard in 2016.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport seriously by his family.
Club / Team
Freee: Japan
Name of coach
Kenichi Niboshi [national], JPN
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Nicknames
Grim (Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Hobbies
Skiing, wakeboarding. (Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2016 National Championships in Japan. (Athlete, 25 Apr 2017)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Instagram profile, 05 Jan 2018)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied freestyle skiing [halfpipe] at the 2013 World Championships in Oslo, Norway. He has also participated in able-bodied trampolining and Para athletics at national level in Japan. (asahi.com, 10 Jun 2017; headlines.yahoo.co.jp, 25 Feb 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 05 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives
His older brother Domu and his older sister Melo Imai both competed in snowboard [halfpipe] at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin. (hochi.co.jp, 14 Jun 2016; hochi.co.jp, 28 Apr 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 13 Feb 2006)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and in athletics at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (headlines.yahoo.co.jp, 25 Feb 2017; hochi.co.jp, 14 Jun 2016)
Impairment
He has paralysis in his left knee as a result of damaged nerves in the lower part of his leg. He sustained the injury in 2013 during a trampolining session. (hochi.co.jp, 14 Jun 2016; daily.co.jp, 08 Jan 2015)
Other information
OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE
At age four he took part in a snowboarding demonstration event at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano. (hochi.co.jp, 14 Jun 2016)

COACH
He has coached trampolining for children. (headlines.yahoo.co.jp, 25 Feb 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:08.40
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
3 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 48.68
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:06.11
1 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:11.04