Man snowboarding

Qi Sun

Snowboard | Alpine Skiing

Finishing outside the top 10 at PyeongChang 2018 and only entering the World Para Snowboard season in 2017, Sun Qi is one of the biggest and quickest surprises in the scene. The Chinese snowboarder stormed the 2018-19 season when he swept both banked slalom SB-LL2 races at the World Cup in Landgraaf, Netherlands. His stunning time was even quicker than Finland’s reigning world champion Matti Suur-Hamari. That was only a matter of time, as he showed his potential earlier at the opening World Cup in Dubai, UAE, where he came in second in the banked slalom. With Suur-Hamari missing the 2019 Worlds through injury, Qi is a contender for a podium finish in Pyha, Finland. Sun, who lower-right leg was amputated due to a firework explosion, is no stranger to Para sports. He competed in Para cycling, and his coach asked if he wanted to try snowboarding. He fell in love with the speed and intensity, and although he finished 11th in slalom and 12th in snowboard-cross at PyeongChang 2018, his attention is on his home Games at Beijing 2022.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age 16, and took up Para snowboard in 2016.
Why this sport?
He trained in road cycling before switching to Para winter sports on the recommendation of a friend.
Club / Team
Liaoning Province : China
Name of coach
Liu Song [snowboard, club, national], CHN; Jurica Stankovic [snowboard, national], SRB
Training Regime
He trains for four hours a day.

General interest

Hero / Idol
Chinese badminton player Lin Dan. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Other sports
He has been involved in both Para snowboard and Para alpine skiing. While representing the People's Republic of China in Para snowboard, he won gold in the SB-LL2 banked slalom at the 2019 World Championships in Pyha, Finland. He has also trained in Para cycling at provincial level. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Nov 2021;, 22 Mar 2021)
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 19 Feb 2019;, 22 Mar 2021)
His right leg was amputated below the knee due to a firecracker accident. "When I broke it I wanted to play with the ignition powder, I thought it would shoot some sparks when I clicked it. I didn't expect it to explode." (, 22 Mar 2021; Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)


Unit Date Rank
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-12 12
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Final 2018-03-16 11
Pyha 2019 World Para Snowboard Championships (Pyha, Finland)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Banked Slalom SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-27 1
Men's Snowboard Cross SB-LL2 Race 1 2019-03-30 8