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WHITLEY James
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthLondon, ENG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
LW5/7-3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Eastbourne, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age three in Courcheval, France.
Why this sport?
"For the love of speed, and it came naturally."
Name of coach
John Clark [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain
Location
Austria
General Interest
Hobbies
Swimming, fishing, watching Formula One. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, and qualifying for the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
Hero / Idol
British alpine skier Dave Ryding. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." [Franklin D Roosevelt] (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
Famous relatives
He is the grandson of former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, James Chichester-Clark. (midulstermail.co.uk, 13 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (channel4.com, 13 Mar 2014)
Impairment
He was born without both hands. Doctors have constructed fingers for each limb, but despite more than 30 operations, they lack sufficient nerves or muscles to function. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
15 2014 Slalom - Standing 1:53.43
14 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:42.78
10 2018 Downhill - Standing 1:29.85
22 2018 Super-G - Standing 1:32.96
11 2018 Super Combined - Standing 2:20.28
11 2018 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:19.81
10 2018 Slalom - Standing 1:44.41
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  DNF
16 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:25.90
18 2014/2015 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:17.26 
9 2014/2015 Slalom - Standing 1:55.01 
12 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:15.68
14 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:07.69
  2016/2017 Super Combined - Standing  DNF
14 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:22.70
7 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:28.75
World Cup Final
Rank Year Event Result
11 2016/2017 Downhill - Standing 1:32.67
17 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:35.97
17 2016/2017 Super-G - Standing 1:33.04
9 2016/2017 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:15.64
6 2016/2017 Slalom - Standing 1:38.83