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SUUR-HAMARI Matti
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para snowboard
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthRovaniemi, FIN
Height1.75 m
Weight 88 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rovaniemi, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried snowboarding in 1999, and took up Para snowboard in 2012.
Why this sport?
After his accident he was inspired to return to the sport after watching a video on the internet of US Para snowboarder Evan Strong performing tricks. Strong had also had his left leg amputated following a motorcycle accident. "The video lit a flame inside me, I wondered if he was able to do that, so could I."
Name of coach
Mikko Wendelin, FIN
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Finland
General Interest
Nicknames
The Sledgehammer (paralympic.org, 18 Nov 2016)
Hobbies
BMX, listening to music, hiking, fly fishing, nature walks. (paralympic.org, 12 Nov 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the adaptive snowboard cross at the 2016 Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, United States of America. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mikko Wendelin. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish long distance runner Lasse Viren. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always do things the same way before the race. I listen to the same songs, and I tell the same bad jokes to the coach." (hs.fi, 12 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself. Do not be afraid to aspire to big things." (hs.fi, 12 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named flag bearer for Finland at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang and the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

He was received the Snowboard Spectacle of the Year award at the 2016 Spine X Awards in Finland. (Instagram profile, 06 Nov 2016)

He was named Athlete of the Month for February 2014 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 06 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (hs.fi, 12 Mar 2016)
Impairment
In 2009 his left leg was amputated below the knee following a motorcycle accident. (hs.fi, 12 Mar 2016; Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014/2015 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2014/2015 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:26.95
1 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:07.82
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
11 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 1:59.56
1 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
3 2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 49.51
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
1 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 54.62
1 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
2 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:03.80
5 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:16.85