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KIVIRANTA Nette
Sport Para alpine skiing
NPC Finland   
GenderWomen
Age21
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11
Further Personal Information
Residence
Espoo, FIN
Languages
Finnish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began skiing at age three, and competed in her first Para alpine skiing race in Austria in 2021.
Why this sport?
Her family was involved in skiing. After her accident, her father encouraged her to try Para skiing and travelled with her to France to purchase a sit-ski. "I came to France to try sledding, so maybe I could reach a level where I could meet my friends on the slopes."
Name of coach
Mikko Heiskanen [personal]
General Interest
Hobbies
Bowling, basketball, CrossFit. (yle.fi, 23 Nov 2021)
Other sports
Prior to her accident, she represented Finland in able-bodied alpine skiing at junior level. (yle.fi, 23 Nov 2021; suomiurheilu.com, 03 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. (yle.fi, 23 Nov 2021)
Impairment
In 2018 she was involved in a head-on traffic collision while travelling back from a competition with members of the Finnish alpine skiing junior team. Her injuries resulted in paraplegia, while two people travelling in the other car died in the accident. (yle.fi, 23 Nov 2021, 21 Dec 2020)
Other information
INFLUENTIAL COACH
Her coach from her able-bodied alpine skiing career, Mikko Heiskanen, continued to coach her after her accident despite having no experience of coaching Para skiers. "My old coach said let's go to the gym and see what you can do. To lift weights if I could no longer do other movements. He has given the support that made me want to return to the slopes and sports." (yle.fi, 23 Nov 2021; california18.com, 24 Nov 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2021/2022 Slalom - Sitting 1:55.79
9 2021/2022 Parallel - all classes