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DOS SANTOS Wesley Vinicius
Sport Para cross-country
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthJundiaí, BRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11.5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Jundiaí, BRA
Languages
Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in Para athletics at age 12. He took up Para cross-country skiing at age 18.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport by Brazilian Para cross-country skier Cristian Ribera. "I enjoyed the feeling of freedom and the challenge."
Name of coach
Taylor Brian [national]
Training Regime
He trains for up to 12 hours per week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Going to the theatre, travelling, going to the park. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He sustained a spinal cord injury after falling at a playground near his home in Jundiai, Brazil. "I hit my ribs and they perforated my lung and my liver. I had also a spine injury. I was in coma and, when I woke up, I had lost my mobility. After some three or four years of intense rehabilitation I could recover some movements which allowed me to become more independent." (espn.com.br, 17 Dec 2021)
Other information
DIFFICULT CONDITIONS
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. "We do not have any sort of snow so we have to train in a very hot environment. But it does not matter, we have to train under these conditions." (espn.com.br, 17 Dec 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
23 2022 18km - Sitting 1:00:49.5
Qualification 2022 Sprint - Sitting 2:45.7
27 2022 10km - Sitting 42:55.5