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LILJA Liisa
Sport Para swimming, Para Triathlon
NPC Finland   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthPori, FIN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Helsinki, FIN
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Finnish
Higher education
Genetics, Physiology - University of Turku: Finland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got into para-triathlon in early 2014, following prior interest in para-swimming.
Why this sport?
She got into triathlon after she was offered a sponsorship for the various types of prosthetic limbs required for each discipline, as she could not afford them on her own. She had always preferred swimming longer distances, and also enjoyed running to school, so triathlon was a natural fit for her.
Club / Team
Helsinki Triathlon: Finland
Name of coach
Darby Thomas; Jari Nordblom
Training Regime
She trains for about 25 hours a week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, listening to music, watching movies and television series. (Essenuoto.fi, 15 Jun 2011; Semikaeitapa.blogspot.fi, 03 Feb 2016)
Injuries
In May 2014 she suffered a stress fracture in her leg, which prevented her from running for ten weeks. (Hs.fi, 24 Sep 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We are capable of a lot more in life than we might imagine. The loss of your leg does not mean the loss of your life. When one door closes, somewhere a window opens and new opportunities arise." (Aamusydamella.yle.fi, 15 Mar 2008)
Other sports
Prior to taking up para-triathlon she competed in para-swimming at international level, including at the European championships. (liisalilja.fr, 01 Jan 2016)
Impairment
She was a promising gymnast until she was diagnosed with bone cancer at age eight. After two years in hospital and multiple infections, her right leg had to be amputated. Two months after leaving hospital she was already cycling with a prosthesis. (Essenuoto.fi, 15 Jun 2011; Aamulehti.fi, 11 Nov 2015; liisalilja.fi, 22 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 PT2 1:26:01
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 PT2 1:26:38
2 2016 PT2 1:24:36
1 2017 PTS2 1:23:30
4 2018 PTS2 1:23:30
5 2019 PTS2 1:30:32
European Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 PT2 1:26.56
2 2016 PT2 1:27:47
1 2017 PTS2 1:28:07
2 2019 PTS2 1:25:33
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 PTS2  
5 2018 PTS2  
5 2018 PTS2  
World Paralympic Qualification Event - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 PTS2 1:24:06