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WHITLEY James
Sport Alpine Skiing
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Born17 Nov 1997
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
LW5/7-3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Great Britain
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age three in Courcheval, France.
Why this sport?
He enjoys the sport because he feels he can compete at a high level despite his impairment.
Name of coach
Alain Calvez, from 2005; Julien Dubois, from 2005; Richard Smith, from 2011; Tony McAlistair [national], GBR
Training Regime
He trains in Courcheval, France.
International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Hobbies
Swimming, fishing, watching Formula One racing (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013; dailymail.co.uk, 07 Mar 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing on the podium at international events in Italy [2012], France [2013] and Austria [2013]. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
Hero / Idol
British Formula One driver Jensen Button (dailymail.co.uk, 07 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every centimetre of the run you have to be doing something, moving from one position to another to keep on the line and getting down as cleanly as possible." (dailymail.co.uk, 07 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He is the grandson of former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, James Chichester-Clark. (midulstermail.co.uk, 13 Feb 2014)
Ambitions
To win gold at a Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 18 Dec 2013)
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
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  DNF
16 2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing 2:25.90