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LULA Robelson
Sport Para cross-country
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age29
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Bianca
Residence
São Carlos, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - Paulista Central University Centre [UNICEP]: São Carlos, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2018 in Sao Carlos, Brazil.
Why this sport?
He discovered Para cross-country skiing during an exhibition organised by the Brazilian Snow Sports Confederation in his hometown of Sao Carlos, Brazil. "I tried it and I liked it so much."
Name of coach
Taylor Brian [national]
Training Regime
He trains for up to 12 hours per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Vuokatti, FIN
General Interest
Nicknames
Robinho (espn.com.br, 17 Dec 2021)
Hobbies
Dancing, listening to music, walking. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Zico. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before competing. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you can't fly, run. If you can't run, walk. If you can't walk, crawl, but keep going." (Facebook profile, 09 Jan 2019)
Other sports
He has competed on the Brazilian Para roller skiing circuit, and participated in Para athletics at national level. He has also played Para handball at regional level in Brazil. (globoesporte.globo.com, 11 May 2019; cbdn.org.br, 16 Oct 2018; Instagram profile, 20 Nov 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (juruemdestaque.com, 06 Feb 2022)
Impairment
At a young age he was affected by a stroke, and at age 11 he was diagnosed with cancer in his right calf, which resulted in the amputation of the leg above the knee. (acidadeon.com, 16 Jan 2022; juruemdestaque.com, 06 Feb 2022; espn.com.br, 17 Dec 2021)
Other information
TARMAC TRAINING
In the lead-up to the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, he trained with the national team in Sao Carlos, Brazil, in temperatures of up to 40 degrees Celsius, using a roller skiing chair. "The snow is white but here in Brazil we have our black snow, the tarmac. I have never felt in disadvantage. Some athletes in Europe also train on a roller skiing chair because there isn't always snow. I train very well on the tarmac." (espn.com.br, 17 Dec 2021; acidadeon.com, 16 Jan 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
20 2022 18km - Sitting 57:17.7
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting 2:36.77
20 2022 10km - Sitting 38:20.3
8 2022 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 34:10.8