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RIBERA Cristian
Sport Para cross-country
NPC Brazil   
Height1.60 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Jundiaí, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began cross-country skiing in 2015 in Jundiai, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He thought taking up the sport would give him the opportunity to experience new things. He was introduced to Para Nordic skiing at a workshop in Brazil organised by the Agitos Foundation, a partner of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC].
Club / Team
Programa de Esportes e Atividades Motoras Adaptadas [PEAMA] : Jundiaí, BRA
Name of coach
Leandro Ribela [national]
Training Regime
He trains on rollerskis in Brazil due to the lack of snow there. "We train on rollers because there is no snow in Brazil. That allows us to run in the streets. We work the technique a lot, but of course the transition to running on the snow is not easy. It is quite different. We train on snow once per year in Europe. We would like to go to Argentina or Chile but it is not so wheelchair-friendly."
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Cup
Canmore, AB, CAN
General Interest
Porco Loco [translates to 'Crazy Pig']. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Skateboarding, playing video games (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2018 World Cup event in Vuokatti, Finland. (, 12 Dec 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Marcos Roberto Silveira Reis. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
He broke one of his fingers while training in Italy in January 2019. The injury prevented him from competing at the 2019 World Championships in Prince George, BC, Canada. (, 15 Mar 2019)

He broke a finger in 2017 and was out of action for two weeks. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)

In 2013 he broke the femur bone in his leg and missed nine months. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no gain." (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Awards and honours
He received the Best Athlete of the Year award in the snow sports category, as well as the Revelation of the Year award from the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, in 2018. (, 12 Dec 2018;, 01 Dec 2018)

He was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2018 by the Brazilian Confederation of Snow Sports [CBDN]. (, 05 Jun 2018)

He received an acknowledgement from the Jundiai city's council in 2018. (, 11 Apr 2018)

He was named Athlete of the Month by the Paralympic Committee of the Americas in March 2018. (, 13 Apr 2018)

He was named the 2017 Athlete Revelation of the Year in Para cross-country skiing by the CBDN. (, 16 May 2017)
Other sports
He has competed in Para roller skiing competitions at national level, and has taken part in Para triathlon events at regional level in Brazil. (, 16 Oct 2017; YouTube channel, 04 Oct 2018)
His bronze and silver medals at the December 2018 World Cup event in Vuokatti, Finland, were Brazil's first ever Para Nordic skiing World Cup medals. (, 15 Mar 2019)

At age 15 years and 118 days he was the youngest athlete from any nation to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. A snowboarder from Islamic Republic of Iran and a cross-country skier from People's Republic of China were also age 15 at the Games, but Ribera was the youngest of the three. (, 13 Mar 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 22 Jan 2019)
Famous relatives
His younger sister Eduarda was crowned Brazilian U16 champion in roller skiing in 2017. (, 16 May 2017)
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (, 15 Mar 2019; Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
He was born with arthrogryposis, a congenital condition that causes joint contractures. He has had 21 operations during his life to correct his atrophied legs. (Athlete, 09 Feb 2018)
Other information
At the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang he finished sixth in the men's 15km sitting event and ninth in the men's 7.5km sitting event. No Brazilian Para athlete from any sport had ever finished inside the top 10 at a Paralympic Winter Games before that. "I feel so honoured for having made history for my country, it is an inexplicable feeling. Despite not reaching the top five, I met my goal of ending among the top 10. It was very tough and [I] did not imagine something like this at only 15 years old. It is very important for me to be the youngest Paralympian at this Games, but what I really wanted when I came here was to do well and surprise everyone." However, speaking in 2019 he said his performances in Pyeongchang have resulted in added expectation. "My life has changed a lot, not only mine but also affected the people around me. Because of my result in Pyeongchang, the pressure on my performance doubled. (, 15 Mar 2019;, 13 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 15km - Sitting 46:35.2
Qualification 2018 Sprint - Sitting 3:29.96
9 2018 7.5km - Sitting 25:12.3
13 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 32:16.7