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Finnish alpine skier Katja Saarinen at a slalom event

Katja Saarinen

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
English, Finnish
Higher education
Education - Helsinki University: Finland

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
Her family first took her skiing at age five.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to begin taking the sport seriously after watching the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano on television.

International debut

Year
1999
Competing for
Finland
Location
Austria

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing third at the 2013 World Cup slalom event in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Injuries
At the 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, she injured her ankle during the first round of the slalom competition and had to withdraw from the event. (paralympia.fi, 26 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No mountain too high." (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She was chosen as Finland's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To inspire other people to achieve their goals and dreams in the same way she has done. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Impairment
Her right leg was amputated above the knee after she was diagnosed with bone cancer at age six. The decision to amputate her leg was taken to prevent the disease from spreading. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013; hs.fi, 08 Dec 2009; disabilitieswithoutborders.blogspot.co.uk; 2007)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She was named a member of the International Paralympic Committee's [IPC] Female Athlete Committee in March 2015. (sport.fi, 08 Mar 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom LW2 Final Round 7
Women's Downhill LW2 Final Round 10
Women's Super-G LW2 Final Round 9999
Women's Giant Slalom LW2 Final Round 8
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 10
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 9999
Women's Super Combined Standing Final Round 9
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 11
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 12
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 20
Women's Super-G Standing Final Round 14
Women's Downhill Standing Final Round 12
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2009-02-20 7
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2009-02-23 12
Women's Super-G Standing Run 2 2009-02-24 11
Women's Downhill Standing Final 2009-02-28 10
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Final 2011-01-18 8
Women's Super-Combined Standing Final 2011-01-19 5
Women's Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-20 7
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2011-01-21 9999
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Super-G Standing Race 1 2013-02-21 10
Women's Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Women's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2013-02-25 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-12 9999
Women's Giant Slalom Standing Final Round 2014-03-16 12