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LAURILA Maiju
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Finland   
GenderWomen
Age42
Place of BirthLappeenranta, FIN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW12-1
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Teemu, daughter Lumi
Residence
Kittilä, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish
Higher education
Industrial Engineering, Industrial Management - Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology [LUT]: Finland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began alpine skiing in 2009 at a camp at Himos Ski Resort near Jamsa, Finland.
Why this sport?
"I was trying to find a way to go alpine skiing again with friends. At first I wanted to compete only to see what level I was in relation to others. Gradually, the results in international competitions started to improve and I got into the World Cup and now the Paralympics."
Club / Team
Levi Ski Club: Kittilä, FIN
Name of coach
Pertti Kuivalainen [club, personal]
Training Regime
She trains for about 10 hours a week.
General Interest
Hobbies
Cross-country skiing, cycling, canoeing, reading, spending time with her dogs, kayaking, going to the gym, spending time with her daughter. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2019, 03 Mar 2022; levi.ski, 24 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four silver medals at the 2021 European Cup and National Championship events in Malbun, Liechtenstein. (Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Finnish Para alpine skier Lauri Louhivirta. "He helped me get started and taught me everything about Para alpine skiing from the beginning. I don't think I would be at the Paralympics without him." (Athlete, 13 Mar 2019, Athlete, 03 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
She and cross-country skier Inkki Inola were flag bearers for Finland at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (IPC Entries, 04 Mar 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (paralympia.fi, 18 Feb 2022)
Impairment
In 2008 she broke her back in a snowmobile accident, which resulted in paralysis of her lower limbs. (ski.fi, 13 Oct 2018; seura.fi, 20 Sep 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
10 2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 2:51.23
  2022 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2021/2022 Giant Slalom - Sitting 3:51.40
  2021/2022 Slalom - Sitting  DNF
World Cup (Prato Nevoso)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting 2:34.59
6 2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting 2:36.63
  2019/2020 Slalom - Sitting  DNF