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Taiki Morii

Taiki Morii

Alpine Skiing | Powerlifting
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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11

Further personal information

Residence
Tokyo, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Languages
Japanese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began skiing after watching the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano on television while he was hospitalised.
Why this sport?
He likes the speed of alpine skiing and the fact it can be enjoyed by people with an impairment.
Club / Team
Toyota Motor Corporation: Japan
Name of coach
Saori Ishii [national], JPN

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Canada

General interest

Nicknames
Taiki-ski (taikiski.exblog.jp, 11 Feb 2015)
Hobbies
Photography, driving, weightlifting. (sports.gazoo.com, 18 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in giant slalom at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para alpine skier Kuniko Obinata. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
French freestyle skier Edgar Grospiron. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Retain a beginner's mind. I want to continue skiing with the attitude I had when I first started." (Athlete, 26 Feb 2014; sajd.com, 06 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Akiruno Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (city.akiruno.tokyo.jp, 20 Feb 2018)

In 2015 he received the Toyota City Citation award in Japan. (city.toyota.aichi.jp, 25 Feb 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in both Para powerlifting and Para alpine skiing at international level. (paralympic.org, 07 Dec 2018; 2020.yahoo.co.jp, 06 Feb 2019)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (beijing2022.yahoo.co.jp, 05 Feb 2022; hero-x.jp, 08 Jul 2020)
Impairment
He sustained spinal cord injuries in a motorcycle accident in 1997. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; toyota.jp, 15 Apr 2017)
Other information
GOLDEN AMBITION
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)

PARA POWERLIFTING
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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Salt Lake City 2002 Paralympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom LW11 Final Round 6
Men's Giant Slalom LW11 Final Round 8
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 3
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 4
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 7
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 7
Torino 2006 Paralympic Winter Games (Torino, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 4
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 6
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 9
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Kangwonland, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2009-02-23 2
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2009-02-23 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Run 2 2009-02-24 3
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2009-02-28 7
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (Sestriere, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2011-01-16 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2011-01-18 2
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Final 2011-01-19 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-20 7
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2011-01-21 1
IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships (La Molina, Spain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2013-02-20 16
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2013-02-21 1
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-24 2
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2013-02-25 1
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2013-02-26 1
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final Round 2014-03-08 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 2
Men's Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-13 4
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final Round 2014-03-14 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final Round 2014-03-15 7
2015 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships Panorama (Panorama, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2015-03-04 3
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2015-03-05 7
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2015-03-07 4
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-08 3
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2015-03-10 2
2017 IPC Alpine skiing World Championships Tarvisio, ITA (Tarvisio, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2017-01-25 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 2017-01-26 5
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2017-01-28 2
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-30 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2017-01-31 9999
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Downhill Sitting Final 2018-03-10 2
Men's Super-G Sitting Final 2018-03-11 8
Men's Super Combined Sitting Final 2018-03-13 9999
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-14 9999
Men's Slalom Sitting Final 2018-03-17 4
Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea 2019 World Para Alpine Skiing Championships (Kranjska Gora/Sella Nevea, Slovenia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Giant Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-21 7
Men's Slalom Sitting Race 1 2019-01-23 4
Men's Downhill Sitting Race 1 2019-01-30 5
Men's Super-Combined Sitting Race 1 2019-01-31 9999
Men's Super-G Sitting Race 1 (from SC) 2019-01-31 5