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Gurimu Narita

Athletics
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Biography

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
Shin Nihon Jusetsu: Japan

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Landgraaf, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Grim (Facebook profile, 02 Aug 2019)
Hobbies
Going to the sauna. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He competed in Para athletics at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and finished sixth in the men's T64 high jump. 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 canoeing at national level in Japan. (shinnihonjusetsu.co.jp, 27 May 2020; paralympic.org, 27 Dec 2018; ntv.co.jp, 29 Jul 2018; nikkansports.com, 06 Nov 2018; asahi.com, 10 Jun 2017; headlines.yahoo.co.jp, 25 Feb 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 31 Dec 2020)
Milestones
He became the first snowboarder representing Japan to win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games when he claimed bronze in men's SB-LL2 snowboard cross at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. He went on to become the first snowboarder representing Japan to win gold at the Paralympic Winter Games, when he triumphed in the men's SB-LL2 banked slalom in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 Jan 2019; paralympic.org, 27 Dec 2018)
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 represent Japan in high jump at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and also to compete at the Olympic Games. (paralympic.org, 19 Jul 2018; fujitv.co.jp, 09 Jul 2018; nikkansports.com, 06 Nov 2018)
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
CHANGING SPORTS
In March 2018 he announced his retirement from Para snowboard during a live broadcast of Japanese programme 'Heart Net' following the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, where he won a gold medal. At the time he announced that he wanted to take up a summer sport and attempt to qualify for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I chose Para athletics because I thought that this sport could make my ultimate dream, which is competing at the Olympic Games, come true." (mainichi.jp, 02 Jan 2020; iza.ne.jp, 07 Jun 2019; nikkansports.com, 06 Nov 2018; ntv.co.jp, 29 Jul 2018; paralympic.org, 19 Jul 2018; fujitv.co.jp, 09 Jul 2018; YouTube channel, 27 Mar 2018)

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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Snowboard World Championships Big White, CAN (Big White, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-04 5
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2017-02-07 3
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 3
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 1