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

Chaoyang, CHN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing at age 16. He then took up Para snowboard in 2016, at age 17, in Fushun, People's Republic of China.
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

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in banked slalom at the 2018 Para Snowboard World Cup event in Landgraaf, Netherlands. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; IPC, 19 Jan 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Liu Song. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Chinese badminton player Lin Dan, Chinese Para snowboard coach Liu Song. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He checks everything is prepared before competing. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has been involved in both Para snowboard and Para alpine skiing. During the 2021/22 season, he was classified in the SB-LL2 snowboard category and the LW4 alpine skiing category. 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 in the People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Nov 2021;, 22 Mar 2021; IPC, 23 Feb 2022)
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 24 Nov 2021;, 22 Mar 2021;, 14 Dec 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