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LIU Sitong
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para-Cycling
NPC China   
GenderWomen
Age28
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-2
Further Personal Information
Residence
China
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Mandarin
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming and handcycling in 2008. In 2016 she got involved in alpine skiing in Shenyang, People's Republic of China. "These experiences [in swimming and handcycling] surely helped me a lot [in alpine skiing], because all of these sports require endurance."
Why this sport?
A coach noticed her potential and advised her to try skiing. "What attracts me most about this sport is the feeling of freedom in the mountains and the ability to master the speed in the snow. Alpine skiing combines speed and skill perfectly. It is both exciting and elegant."
Club / Team
Liaoning Province: China
Name of coach
Dario Capelli [national], ITA
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
China
Tournament
European Cup
Location
Austria
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Becoming national champion for the first time. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Chinese short track skaters Wang Meng and Wu Dajing. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018)
Other sports
She competed in Para cycling at the 2015 Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Sep 2022)
Impairment
She lost her right leg at age four as the result of a traffic accident. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2018; sohu.com, 30 Aug 2017)
Other information
PREFERRED EVENT
She has a preference for giant slalom over other events. "I prefer giant slalom a little more, because it does not have so many turns as slalom and it is not that fast as super G and downhill. After all, we have been practising more on technical events, like giant slalom and slalom [ahead of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games]. The number of courses for speed events is small domestically [in the People's Republic of China], so we practise speed a little less." (OIS, 07 Mar 2022)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has also studied at Beijing Sport University in the People's Republic of China. (bsu.edu.cn, 08 Mar 2022; bj.news.cn, 08 Mar 2022)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 H5 - Road Race  
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
9 2018 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:46.99
6 2018 Slalom - Sitting 2:45.14
3 2022 Downhill - Sitting 1:32.10
  2022 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
3 2022 Super Combined - Sitting 2:15.84
2 2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:09.55
3 2022 Slalom - Sitting 1:41.31
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
6 2018/2019 Slalom - Sitting 3:16.42
World Cup (World Championships) - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
  2018/2019 Giant Slalom - Sitting  DNF
6 2018/2019 Slalom - Sitting 3:16.42
  2019/2020 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
4 2019/2020 Super-G - Sitting 1:19.32
  2019/2020 Super-G - Sitting  DNF
5 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:31.81
3 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:17.97
1 2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting 1:57.33
3 2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting 1:57.11
  2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting  DSQ
5 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:17.25
3 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:23.69
2 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:26.08
  2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
3 2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting  
3 2019/2020 Giant Slalom - Sitting  
6 2019/2020 Super-G - Sitting