Taiki Morii started sit-skiing after watching the 1998 Nagano Winter Games while in hospital.
He is a three-time Paralympian and while he has enjoyed success at the highest level away from the Paralympic Games, he has also medalled at every single Games since 2006.
Morii won a silver medal at the Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in giant slalom, a silver medal in downhill at the Vancouver 2010 Games and a bronze medal in the super-G. He followed that up in 2014 with a super-G silver in Sochi.
Morii got his first taste of gold taking top spot in giant slalom at the 2011 World Championships.
His form continued in 2013 where the sit-skier won world titles in giant slalom, super combined and super-G, in addition to picking up a silver medal in the slalom.
Morii has a healthy rivalry with fellow countryman Takeshi Suzuki and between them they won four medals at the 2015 World Championships, where only Suzuki left with a coveted gold.
Morii will get the chance to change that in 2017 at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Tarvisio, Italy.
He heads to Italy as overall 2015-16 World Cup winner, as well as claiming individual titles in slalom and giant slalom.
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Sport specific information
In 2015 he received the Toyota City Citation award in Japan. (city.toyota.aichi.jp, 25 Feb 2016)
After winning four silver medals and one bronze medal from five appearances at the Paralympic Winter Games between 2002 and 2018, he says he is determined to finally claim gold at the 2022 Games in Beijing. "I think my desire for gold is stronger than anyone else. In my opinion, my sporting career would be essentially over if I no longer aimed for a gold medal. I feel like I'm ready to win gold this time, and it is thanks to many people's support that I am able to be on the snow. It would mean paying back to those who have taken care of me, and I have everything in my sporting career except a Paralympic gold medal, so I want to take it from Beijing." (beijing2022.yahoo.co.jp, 05 Feb 2022)
He took up Para powerlifting competitively in 2018, and says that the sport has helped to improve his performance level as a Para alpine skier. Between 2018 and 2022 he gained around five kilograms of muscle mass. "The heavier my weight, the faster my speed when skiing. Powerlifting is to put all strengths in an instant. I think that there are things in the sport that are similar to skiing, such as how to prepare for competition and how to be prepared mentally. My concentration level in each lift attempt increases significantly, so I think that helps my concentration even in alpine skiing competitions. Powerlifting is a sport that doesn't use any equipment. It's the opposite of alpine skiing, in which equipment is very important. I liked that contrast. When I saw alpine skiing from the perspective of a powerlifter, I was able to see the areas that I need to improve on." (beijing2022.yahoo.co.jp, 05 Feb 2022; 2020.yahoo.co.jp, 06 Feb 2020)
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