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KANO Akira
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthAbashiri, JPN
Height1.73 m
Weight 63 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Marital status
* unknown *
Residence
Nagano, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
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 his fifth year of primary school in Kitami, Japan.
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.
Name of coach
Kazushi Shido [national], JPN
Senior International Debut
Year
2004
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Abtenau, AUT
General Interest
Hobbies
Fishing, watching sport, playing mahjong, driving. (ameblo.jp, 12 Feb 2015; Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
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)
Hero / Idol
Norwegian alpine skier Aksel Lund Svindal. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He suffered a rib fracture in 2005. (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Live in the present." (Athlete, 12 Dec 2012)
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 Abashishi 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)
Ambitions
To defend his titles at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (1242.com, 25 May 2015)
Impairment
He sustained spinal cord injuries in a traffic accident while he was in his third year of primary school. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018, 16 Feb 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 Downhill - Sitting 1:19.19
6 2010 Slalom - Sitting 1:52.31
  2010 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
1 2010 Super-G - Sitting 1:19.98
  2010 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
1 2014 Downhill - Sitting 1:23.80 
1 2014 Super-G - Sitting 1:19.51 
7 2014 Slalom - Sitting 1:59.79
  2014 Super Combined - Sitting DNF
  2014 Giant Slalom - Sitting DNF
  2018 Downhill - Sitting  DNF
5 2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:27.45
  2018 Super Combined - Sitting  DSQ
5 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:18.12
  2018 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2008/2009 Downhill - Sitting 1:50.58
  2008/2009 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
2 2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:12.97
2 2008/2009 Super-G - Sitting 1:01.50
  2008/2009 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
1 2010/2011 Downhill - Sitting 1:20.94
  2010/2011 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
11 2010/2011 Super Combined - Sitting 2:18.78
  2010/2011 Slalom - Sitting  DNS
  2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
14 2012/2013 Downhill - Sitting 1:37.39
3 2012/2013 Super-G - Sitting 1:13.69
  2012/2013 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
  2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
7 2014/2015 Downhill - Sitting 1:30.84
5 2014/2015 Super-G - Sitting 1:21.74
  2014/2015 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
11 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:12.94 
  2014/2015 Slalom - Sitting DNF
3 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:13.77
4 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:06.59
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
11 2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting 1:34.94
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
  2015/2016 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
8 2015/2016 Slalom - Sitting 1:21.66
3 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:14.05
3 2015/2016 Downhill - Sitting 1:14.91
6 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:21.73
3 2015/2016 Super-G - Sitting 1:24.07
3 2016/2017 Downhill - Sitting 1:27.35
6 2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting 1:31.43
  2016/2017 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
  2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
  2016/2017 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
2 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:14.83
2 2017/2018 Downhill - Sitting 1:13.00
  2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
1 2017/2018 Super-G - Sitting 1:16.43