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Yurie Kanuma



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Mai Tanaka

Further personal information

Machida, JPN
Human Resources

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She switched from Para cross-country skiing to Para cycling in 2012., 18 Mar 201
Why this sport?
She was a Para cross-country skier until she injured her left shoulder while training ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. She heard about tandem cycling at around the same time, so she decided to take up the new sport., 18 Mar 2013;, 2013

General interest

In the early part of 2016 she fractured her collarbone and shoulder blade after crashing during Para cycling training. She also sustained a traumatic brain injury in the incident. Her injuries continued to affect the nerves in her right arm once she returned to the sport, and she required surgery following the 2016 Paralympic Games. (, 01 Feb 2017)

She injured her shoulder while training for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games and did not compete at the event as a result. (, 18 Mar 2013; SportsDeskOnline, 01 Jan 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received the Tokyo Citizen Sports Grand Award in Japan. (, 12 Oct 2016)
Other sports
She has represented Japan internationally in Para Nordic skiing and Para cycling. She competed in Para Nordic skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, and competed in cycling at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro where she won a silver medal in the women's tandem time trial. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 May 2019)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 12 Oct 2016)
She was born with a visual impairment. (, 07 Jan 2016)
Other information
She was originally a Para Nordic skier, taking part in both cross-country and biathlon at the world championships and Paralympic Winter Games. After injuring her shoulder while training ahead of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, she heard about tandem cycling and decided to take up the new sport. (, 18 Mar 2013;, 2013)


Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 3 km Pursuit Visually impaired Final Round 7
Women's 1 km Sprint Visually impaired Semifinal 7
Women's 5 km Visually impaired Final Round 8
Women's 3x2.5 km Relay Open Final Round 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1000m Time Trial B Final Round 2016-09-09 5
Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit B Qualifying 2016-09-11 6
Women's Time Trial B Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Women's Road Race B Final Round 2016-09-17 10