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ROCHA Aline
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country
NPC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthPinhão, BRA
Height1.54 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Fernando Orso
Residence
São Carlos, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - University of West Santa Catarina [UNOESC]: Joaçaba, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2010 in Joacaba, Brazil. After she competed in athletics at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she had her first skiing training session in Sweden in December 2016. She took part in her first Para Nordic skiing competition in Ukraine in January 2017.
Why this sport?
She decided to pursue Para athletics seriously after seeing all the other athletes at her first competition. "The first time I saw those 3000 athletes competing happily, I said, 'Okay, I want this happiness for myself too'." She took up Para Nordic skiing after another athlete invited her to give it a try. When she took part in her first skiing competition, a World Cup event in Ukraine, she saw snow for the first time. "I barely knew how to ski. I was so nervous. I finished my first event crying, my hands freezing, and I was cursing my husband a lot because it was his idea. I thought it couldn't get any worse than that, and actually it has been getting better."
Club / Team
Clube IEMA: São Caetano do Sul, BRA
Name of coach
Leandro Ribela [Nordic skiing, national], BRA; Fernando Orso [husband], BRA, from 2010
Training Regime
In preparation for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, she and her Brazilian teammates would roller ski on a six-kilometre asphalt track in Sao Carlos, Brazil, in temperatures that could reach 40 degrees Celsius. "The heat would burn your face. We got super tanned. We even joked that we should go to the [2022 Paralympic Winter Games] opening ceremony in flip-flops and tank tops to show off our tan. [But] in the snow, there are specifics such as curves, descents, braking that cannot be simulated 100% outside the snow."
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, watching TV series and films. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the sitting short distance freestyle competition at the 2021 Para Nordic Skiing World Cup event in Planica, Slovenia. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Her husband Fernando Orso. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Injuries
In 2012 an intestinal torsion meant that she required emergency surgery and could not train for a month. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018; joacaba.sc.gov.br, 11 Nov 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I fell in love with skiing just as I fell in love with [wheelchair] racing. Now it's hard to say which one I love the most." (OIS, 02 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
She and fellow cross-country skier Cristian Westemaier Ribera were named Brazil's flag bearers for the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)

She was named the 2018 Best Female Para Cross-Country Skier of the Year by the Brazilian Confederation of Snow Sports [CBDN]. (portalesportenet.com.br, 05 Jun 2018)

She was flag bearer for Brazil at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018)

In 2015 she received a Cruzeiro Medal in Joacaba, Brazil. (ederluiz.com.vc, 03 Sep 2015)
Other sports
She has represented Brazil in Para athletics, and reached the final of the T54 1500m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She competed in Para cross-country skiing at the 2018 and 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Mar 2022; Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Milestones
She became the first female athlete representing Brazil to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games when she raced in three cross-country skiing events at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Apr 2018; cpb.org.br, 28 Mar 2018)
Famous relatives
Her husband Fernando Orso has served as a coordinator at the Regional Association of Athletes with an Impairment [ARAD] in Joacaba, Brazil. He has also worked as her coach. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018; cbdn.org.br, 12 Jan 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (cpb.org.br, 28 Mar 2018)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a car accident in 2006. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018; eusupero.com.br, 03 Mar 2013)
Other information
IMPACT OF SPORT
She was not interested in sport growing up, but she found she became a lot more active during her rehabilitation after she was involved in a car accident at age 15. "I do not look at my life in terms of what happened before and after the accident, but in terms of before and after sports. The accident may have taken away my right to walk, but the sport gave me wings." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 1500m T54 3:27.61
Round 1 2016 5000m T54 12:16.03
10 2016 Marathon T54 1:43:01
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
15 2018 12km - Sitting 49:19.9
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 4:39.92
12 2018 5km - Sitting 20:37.7
13 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 32:16.7
7 2022 15km - Sitting 58:20.8
Semifinal 2022 Sprint - Sitting 3:55.2
10 2022 7.5km - Sitting 34:37.7
8 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 34:10.8
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
5 2021/2022 7.5km - Sitting 33:50.3
4 2021/2022 15km - Sitting 48:47.9
10 2021/2022 Sprint - Sitting  
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
10 2019 Marathon T54 1:52:13