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Santeri Kiiveri

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired range of motion
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW6/8-1

Further personal information

Residence
Lappeenranta, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish, Swedish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six in Finland.
Why this sport?
He enjoyed the speed of the sport. "Slalom, for me, is difficult so I like it."
Name of coach
Roman Roznan [national], SLO
Training Regime
He trains for 10 to 18 hours each week.

General interest

Hobbies
Playing football with friends, karting, wakesurfing. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the overall slalom World Cup title for the 2019/20 season. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022; olympiakomitea.fi, 12 Jan 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (olympiakomitea.fi, 12 Jan 2022)
Hero / Idol
US alpine skier Ted Ligety. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Injuries
He was unable to compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy after suffering a spell of fainting. He returned to competition at the 2019 World Cup event in La Molina, Spain. (Instagram profile, 09 Jan 2021; paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2019)

In November 2018 he underwent surgery after fracturing his arm at an able-bodied World Cup event in Levi, Finland, where he performed as a forerunner. (paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2019; Instagram profile, 09 Jan 2021; esaimaa.fi, 12 Dec 2018)

In 2017 he suffered a knee injury after crashing during an event at the Suomu ski resort in Kemijarvi, Finland. He was unable to train or compete for two weeks. (yhteishyva.fi, 26 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Consistency is important. However, this sport can never be perfect - it can always be faster. It sounds simple, but there are a lot of things that need to be perfect." (urheiluopistosaatio.fi, 03 Aug 2021)
Milestones
He became the first alpine skier representing Finland to win a medal at the Paralympic Winter Games when he claimed silver in the men's standing super combined event at the 2022 Games in Beijing. Three days later, he became the first alpine skier representing Finland to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games when he triumphed in the men's standing giant slalom event in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2022; paralympic.org, 10 Mar 2022)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (vammaisurheilu.fi, 17 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He was born with nerve damage in his shoulder and does not have full range of movement in his right hand. (esaimaa.fi, 10 Feb 2016; Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Other information
COLLAPSE
In early 2019 he collapsed during a training session. "I fainted in the middle of a descent, and my airway was blocked. I'm grateful to my coach for realising he needed to pull my tongue out, otherwise I probably wouldn't be speaking here. It was quite a stop. Then I had to have tests for a couple of months. Nothing more serious could be found, but such a thing affects not only myself but also those close to me." (olympiakomitea.fi, 12 Jan 2022)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Race 1 2017-01-25 13
Men's Super-G Standing Race 1 2017-01-26 18
Men's Super-Combined Standing Race 1 2017-01-28 6
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-30 8
Men's Slalom Standing Race 1 2017-01-31 9
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Standing Final 2018-03-10 13
Men's Super-G Standing Final 2018-03-11 11
Men's Super Combined Standing Final 2018-03-13 6
Men's Giant Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-14 6
Men's Slalom Standing Final 2018-03-17 4