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LEINONEN Minna
Sport Shooting Para sport
NPC Finland   
GenderWomen
Age38
Place of BirthRistijärvi, FIN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Kuopio, FIN
Languages
English, Finnish, German, Swedish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 18 in Kajaani, Finland.
Why this sport?
In her final year of high school, her physical education teacher took her class to a shooting range. "I got very enthusiastic and wanted to continue shooting."
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Finland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Vingsted, DEN
General Interest
Nicknames
Minde (Athlete, 17 Oct 2011)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2014 World Championships in Suhl, Germany. (paralympic.org, 17 Aug 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Osmo Leivo. (Athlete, 17 Oct 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"One perfect shot at a time. Life is what you make of it." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2012, 17 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named the Athlete of the Year in 2013 and 2014 by the Finnish Shooting Sports Federation. (ksml.fi, 25 Nov 2014)

She was the flag bearer for Finland at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (docstoc.com, 06 Sep 2008)

She was named Keski-Suomen Ampujat's Athlete of with an Impairment of the Year in 2005 and 2006. (kesli.fi, 2014)
Impairment
She was born with myopathy, a condition that means the muscle fibers in her body do not function correctly. (Athlete, 17 Oct 2011)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from competitive shooting in 2018. "I feel that I've given my all to shooting and got everything I ever wanted from it. Continuing would have required deep fire in heart, but I don't have it anymore. I had decided to have a year off after Rio [2016 Paralympic Games] and give myself enough time to find out if I'll start missing shooting. As longing never showed up the decision was quite easy to do. Now it feels good to have time and power to study and do many other things that I couldn't do during my shooting career." (paralympic.org, 22 Feb 2018)

OTHER STUDIES
She has studied pharmacy and zoology at the University of Eastern Finland in Joensuu, Finland. (Facebook profile, 03 Jul 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2004 Air Rifle Prone SH2 705.4
11 2008 Air Rifle Prone SH2 598
14 2012 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 599
Qualification 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 630.9
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 704.2
4 2006 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 682.6
5 2010 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 587
22 2010 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2  
7 2014 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 610.5
1 2014 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 212.0
World Cup (Stoke Mandeville)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 211.3
6 2015 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 126.2
4 2016 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 167.5
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2013 R9 - 50m Rifle Prone SH2 617.2
3 2013 R5 - 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 190.2