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Nicolas Alejandro Lima

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW11.5

Further personal information

Residence
Ushuaia, ARG
Occupation
Administrator, Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began practising Para swimming at age eight. He took up Para cross-country skiing in 2018.
Why this sport?
He first tried swimming as part of his rehabilitation. He then tried a number of different sports before he was invited to try Para cross-country skiing by the Brazilian national team. "I went through a lot of adapted sports before this one. At first I tried swimming, and I competed in international tournaments with the Argentinian team, but at one point it became a profession rather than a hobby and I was already bored. I went to athletics and then adapted basketball. They [the Brazilian Para cross-country skiing team] asked me if I wanted to try the sport on the slopes, and I trained with them for a week. I fell in love with the sport because it is totally different from what I did before, it is outdoors, has many variations, the weather, the wind, the route. I found what I wanted."
Club / Team
Tierra del Fuego Province: Argentina
Name of coach
Maria Giro [personal], ARG, from 2019

General interest

Nicknames
Nico (Facebook profile, 07 May 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 21 May 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Maria Giro, and his parents. (tn.com.ar, 13 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Limits are set by oneself." (diarioprensa.com.ar, 25 Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he received an acknowledgement from the municipality of Ushuaia, Argentina, after taking part in the 2021 World Cup event in Planica, Slovenia. (ushuaia.gob.ar, 17 Mar 2021)
Other sports
He has represented Argentina in Para swimming. (diarioprensa.com.ar, 25 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. (diarioprensa.com.ar, 25 Sep 2018)
Impairment
He was born with arthrogryposis, which involves joint contractures in his legs. He has undergone a number of operations since childhood to allow him to walk and an additional operation on his back due to scoliosis [curvature of the spine]. "I had 19 operations, 18 to be able to walk and the last one for scoliosis. They operated on my back, they gave me a guide to keep it straight and with that intervention my quality of life improved a lot. I breathe better, I was able to do more things. The other operations I had been having since I was a child. As I grew up they were doing the operations because my legs did not grow like the rest of my body. They broke the femur bones in my legs and stretched the bones." (diarioprensa.com.ar, 25 Sep 2018)
Other information
ADAPTED CHAIR
After struggling to obtain a sit-ski chair when he first took up the sport in 2018, he and his team decided to build one themselves. He says he plans to build more sit-ski chairs in the future to encourage other people with similar conditions to take up the sport. "The chairs are made overseas, so we decided to make one ourselves. The truth is that it is very comfortable despite being homemade. We have the idea of building more chairs so other people can join." (diarioprensa.com.ar, 25 Sep 2018)

STUDIES BREAK
In 2021 he decided to take a break from his economics studies in order to focus on his preparation for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. He expects to return to studying after the Games. "I'm going to come back because it's an important matter for the future, because I won't be able to make a living from sport." (lanacion.com.ar, 03 Aug 2021)