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Kenji Natsume

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Residence
Hakuba, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para skiing in 2005 in Nagano, Japan.
Why this sport?
He had previous experience skiing and wanted to try it again after his accident.
Club / Team
RDS: Tokyo, JPN
Name of coach
Kazushi Shido [national], JPN

International debut

Year
2005
Competing for
Japan
Location
Austria

General interest

Nicknames
Nacchi (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Hobbies
Scuba diving. (hero-x.jp, 13 Jul 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing sixth in super combined at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para alpine skier Taiki Morii. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
US Para alpine skier Chris Devlin-Young. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He injured his left shoulder rotator cuff during training one month before the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. He competed at the Games but underwent surgery in June 2010. He returned to competition during the 2011/12 season. (ninomiyasports.com, 07 Mar 2014; Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never forget to express a sense of gratitude." (Athlete, 16 Feb 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he received the Nagano Prefecture Para Sport Special Award in Japan. (pref.nagano.lg.jp, 21 Jun 2014)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of a moguls skiing accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; hero-x.jp, 13 Jul 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He retired from competitive alpine skiing after the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (jtbcom.co.jp, 10 Sep 2018)

FORMER OCCUPATION
Before his accident he was a ski instructor at Happo-one Ski School in Hakuba, Japan. (hero-x.jp, 13 Jul 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 21
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2009-02-20 14
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2009-02-23 18
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2009-02-23 15
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 6
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 9999
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 10
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 9999
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 6
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 16
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 10
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2015-03-07 8
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 9999
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 16
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 11
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 9999
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 13
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 13
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 9999