Raigo Roots

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Estonia
Occupation
Veteran
Languages
English, Estonian

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
His physical therapist got him involved in powerlifting. "I never thought about this sport before the accident. It was never a goal of mine. My focus was on being a soldier for as long as possible. But I became focused on my new life and motivated to take up a sport where I could use my hands."

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2014 Invictus Games in London, England. (sport.err.ee, 22 Apr 2015)
Hero / Idol
Estonian army veteran Madis Pori. (sport.err.ee, 22 Apr 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sport.err.ee, 22 Apr 2015)
Impairment
In February 2012 he lost both of his legs after stepping on a improvised explosive device [IED] when serving with the Estonian army in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (sport.err.ee, 22 Apr 2015; invictusgamesfoundation.org, 14 Sep 2014)