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Ilkka Tuomisto

Nordic Skiing
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8

Further personal information

Residence
Hämeenkyrö, FIN
Occupation
Athlete, Farmer
Languages
Finnish
Higher education
Civil Engineering - Tampere University of Applied Sciences: Finland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age four.
Club / Team
Ylojarven Urheilijat: Finland
Name of coach
Mikko Virtanen, FIN, from 2008
Training Regime
He trains for two to three hours each day during the winter, and does longer sessions in the off-season.

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Finland

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Finnish cross-country skier Kati Lehtonen. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish cross-country skier Mika Myllyla. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
His 2014 season was disrupted by illness. (paralympic.org, 17 Sep 2015)
Awards and honours
He was Finland's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (lymedsport.com, 17 Jan 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (yle.fi, 12 Dec 2016)
Impairment
His left arm was amputated at birth. He received his first prosthetic arm at age five. (hs.fi, 08 Mar 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He purchased a cattle farm in 2016, and balances his training with working on the property. "Every day is a little bit different. Basically I wake up at 06:00 and after that, eat breakfast and go to the cattle shed and take care of the animals. At 09:00, I do my own training. Then lunch and after lunch a short nap, and after that a few things to do on the farm again. After that, some short training and again I have to give food to the animals. It's quite busy. It's a lot of work." (paralympic.org, 01 Feb 2018)

RETIREMENT PLANS
Having won bronze at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and silver four years later in Sochi, the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang are his final chance to win the elusive gold medal. "I [will] stop my career this year. This is my last race and last Paralympic Games. I have something else to do, a new life, a lot of new experiences and a lot of time spent on the farm." (pyeongchang2018.com, 06 Mar 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Final Round 3
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 9
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 11
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Final 2013-02-25 6
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2013-02-27 4
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Final 2013-03-05 7
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-10 2
Men's 1 km Sprint Standing Semifinal 2014-03-12 10
Men's 10 km Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 7
2015 IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Cable (Cable, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Free Style Standing Race 1 2015-01-25 7
Men's Sprint - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-28 7
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Standing Race 1 2015-01-31 7
Mixed Relay Final 2015-02-01 6
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-12 5
Men's Long Distance - Classic Standing Final 2017-02-16 2
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style Standing Final 2017-02-19 7
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Standing Final 2018-03-14 3
Men's 10km Classic Standing Final 2018-03-17 5
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 10