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Fatu Matagi

Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL

Further personal information

Family
Wife and three children
Residence
Herriman, UT, USA
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
University of Utah: Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Sport specific information

Name of coach
Miah Wheeler [national], USA

General interest

Most influential person in career
His family. (teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (gofundme.com, 22 Sep 2014)
Impairment
In August 2008 he was electrocuted while working up an electrical/utility pole in Holladay, UT, United States. He had to have his right arm amputated above the elbow. His co-worker was also hit by electricity and did not survive. (gofundme.com, 22 Sep 2014)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a snowboarding instructor at the National Ability Center in Park City, UT, United States. (teamusa.org, 12 Jan 2015)

BROTHER'S ACCIDENT
In December 2010 his brother Sam was severely burned, also while working up an electricity pole as a linesman, in Colorado, United States, two years after Fatu's accident. The accident resulted in him having both hands amputated. Sam has since gained a following on the internet for his videos in which he shows how he has relearned to do everyday tasks like shaving or tying his shoes without his hands. (deseretnews.com, 17 Jan 2011; ksl.com, 28 Feb 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPCAS Para Snowboard World Championships La Molina (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Race 1 2015-02-24 4
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2015-02-28 6