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ROCHA Aline
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthPinhão, BRA
Height1.54 m
Weight 39 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Fernando Orso
Residence
São Caetano do Sul, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
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?
Another athlete invited her to try the sport.
Club / Team
Clube IEMA: São Caetano do Sul, BRA
Name of coach
Fernando Orso [national, husband], BRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in Para athletics, reaching the final of the T54 1500m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (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)
Injuries
In 2012 an intestinal torsion meant that she required emergency surgery and could not train for a month. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018; joacaba.sc.gov.br, 11 Nov 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make today better than yesterday." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Brazil at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

In 2015 she received a Cruzeiro Medal in Joacaba, Brazil. (ederluiz.com.vc, 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)
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; cbdn.org.br, 12 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (cpb.org.br, 28 Mar 2018)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a car accident in 2006. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018; eusupero.com.br, 03 Mar 2013)
Other information
LIFE CHANGING
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)

NATIONAL FIRST
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; cpb.org.br, 28 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 1500m T54 3:27.61
Round 1 2016 5000m T54 12:16.03
10 2016 Marathon T54 1:43:01
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
15 2018 12km - Sitting 49:19.9
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:39.92
12 2018 5km - Sitting 20:37.7
13 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 32:16.7