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Inkki Inola

Nordic Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
B3
Guide
Arttu Kaario

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Finnish, Swedish
Higher education
Law - University of Eastern Finland: Joensuu, FIN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age two or three in his backyard. He began Para Nordic skiing in 2013.
Why this sport?
His family were skiing enthusiasts.
Club / Team
Laukaan Urheilijat: Finland
Name of coach
Ville Sampolahti [national], FIN
Training Regime
He trains in Vuokatti, Finland.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Finland

General interest

Hobbies
Skiing, athletics, disc golf. (Athlete, 19 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing first at his first Finnish national championships, in 2012. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish cross-country skiers Sami Jauhojarvi and Mika Myllyla. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Para Athlete of the Year at the annual Central Finland Sports Gala. (lhlift.com, 09 Feb 2020)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics at national level in Finland. He placed first in the T13 5000m at the 2021 National Championships in Jyvaskyla. (jku.fi, 06 Jul 2021; paralympia.fi, 08 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (laukaa.fi, 09 Sep 2021; Athlete, 19 Jun 2016)
Impairment
His optic nerve was damaged at birth. (Athlete, 19 Jun 2016)
Other information
BALANCING SPORT AND STUDY
Alongside training and competition he has studied law at the University of Eastern Finland, and he says the university helped him combine his studies with sport. "Combining sports and studying is not, in principle, the easiest combination, but it is important for me to acquire a profession during my sports career, to have something to fall back on in the future. At the university, my studies can be planned according to the competition schedule. If necessary, the professors have enabled me to take an exam at a separate time or are understanding should a compulsory lecture be missed." (uef.fi, 25 May 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Nordic skiing World Championships Finsterau, GER (Finsterau, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-12 13
Men's Middle Distance - Free Style VI Final 2017-02-19 18
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 20km Free Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-12 10
Men's 1.5km Sprint Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-14 7
Men's 10km Classic Visual Impaired Final 2018-03-17 8
4x2.5km Mixed Relay Final 2018-03-18 10
Prince George 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships (Prince George, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Long Distance - Classic VI Final 2019-02-24 9