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Jacopo Luchini

Snowboard

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Italy
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Public Servant
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Political Science - University of Florence: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2015 in Fanano, Italy.
Why this sport?
Having previously practised swimming and football, he switched to snowboard because he enjoyed spending time in the mountains. "Snowboarding means everything to me. It's my big passion and now it's also my job. I have been able to experience so many beautiful moments through snowboarding over the years and visit places I probably would never have seen otherwise. One thing is for sure, my love for snowboarding is unconditional and it has been like that from the very first moment I stepped on a board."
Club / Team
Sci Club Paralimpic Fanano: Modena, ITA
Name of coach
Igor Confortin [national], ITA

General interest

Hobbies
Archery, skateboarding, surfing, fishing with his father, supporting Italian football club Fiorentina. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing first in the snowboard cross general classification of the 2018/19 World Cup, and winning two gold medals at the 2020 World Cup event in La Molina, Spain. (gonews.it, 10 Apr 2019; paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020; sport24h.it, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His uncle. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
In March 2021 he sustained a knee injury that kept him out of action for two months. The injury did not prevent him from competing at the 2021 World Cup Finals in Colere, Italy. (paralympic.org, 31 Mar 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received an award in the sports category at the Italian Sports and Social Associations [ASI] Prato Awards in Italy. (asinazionale.it, 31 Jul 2019)

In 2018 he was recipient of the Silver Medal for Sports Value from the Italian Paralympic Committee. (repubblica.it, 18 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 and 2026 Paralympic Winter Games, and to become a coach in the sport. (repubblica.it, 18 Dec 2020)
Impairment
He was born without his left hand. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; comune.montemurlo.po.it, 29 Feb 2016)
Other information
COVID-19 IMPACT
He was leading the overall and banked slalom rankings of the 2019/20 World Cup ahead of the World Cup Finals in Hafjell, Norway, in March 2020. When he arrived in Hafjell with the Italian national team, Norwegian health authorities issued an alert that required anyone arriving from high-risk COVID-19 areas, which at that time included northern Italy, to quarantine for 14 days or return home. Only one race [banked slalom] ultimately took place at the World Cup Finals, but because he could not compete, he eventually finished third in the overall rankings and second overall in banked slalom in the 2019/20 World Cup. "I found out that I couldn't compete in Hafjell as soon as I arrived there, not a moment before. Hearing this news was like a punch in the stomach, I felt terrible. Without the option to compete, I came away feeling helpless to the situation. This season [2019/20] has gone really well, but it could have gone better because I could've taken home two Crystal Globes. Instead, I came home without a title." (paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020)

SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR
In 2020 he spent time studying to become a snowboard instructor, which he says has helped him improve as an athlete. "This course, which was financially, mentally, and physically taxing due to the high standards for certification in Italy, challenged me in ways that pushed me to grow as an athlete. I felt stronger, both mentally and physically, because I spent more time on the slopes and studying the discipline of snowboarding." (paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020)

OCCUPATION
He works full-time in an Italian government agency, and he is allowed to take the northern hemisphere winter months off so he can compete. (paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020; repubblica.it, 18 Dec 2020)

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-UL Race 1 2017-02-04 3
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2017-02-07 5
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Final 2018-03-12 4
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Final 2018-03-16 4
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-UL Race 1 2019-03-27 3
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-UL Race 1 2019-03-30 4