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SAARINEN Katja
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para ice hockey
NPC Finland   
GenderWomen
Age43
Place of BirthEspoo, FIN
Height1.69 m
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
English, Finnish
Higher education
Education - Helsinki University: Finland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Her family first took her skiing at age five.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to begin taking the sport seriously after watching the 1998 Paralympic Winter Games in Nagano on television.
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Finland
Location
Austria
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing third at the 2013 World Cup slalom event in St Moritz, Switzerland. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Injuries
At the 2013 World Championships in La Molina, Spain, she injured her ankle during the first round of the slalom competition and had to withdraw from the event. (paralympia.fi, 26 Feb 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No mountain too high." (Athlete, 14 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours
She was chosen as Finland's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To inspire other people to achieve their goals and dreams in the same way she has done. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Impairment
Her right leg was amputated above the knee after she was diagnosed with bone cancer at age six. The decision to amputate her leg was taken to prevent the disease from spreading. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013; hs.fi, 08 Dec 2009; disabilitieswithoutborders.blogspot.co.uk; 2007)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She was named a member of the International Paralympic Committee's [IPC] Female Athlete Committee in March 2015. (sport.fi, 08 Mar 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010 Slalom - Standing 2:08.05
  2010 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
11 2010 Super-G - Standing 1:44.64
9 2010 Super Combined - Standing 2:45.41
  2014 Slalom - Standing DNF
12 2014 Giant Slalom - Standing 3:06.99
World Championships - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2003/2004 Downhill LW2 1:46.00
6 2003/2004 Super-G LW2 1:54.70
  2003/2004 Giant Slalom LW2  DNF
3 2003/2004 Slalom LW2 2:12.17
10 2008/2009 Downhill - Standing 2:12.74
7 2008/2009 Slalom - Standing 2:02.14
  2008/2009 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
11 2008/2009 Super-G - Standing 1:13.51
  2008/2009 Super Combined - Standing  DNQ
8 2010/2011 Super-G - Standing 1:44.09
5 2010/2011 Super Combined - Standing 2:45.55
7 2010/2011 Slalom - Standing 1:51.52
  2010/2011 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNF
10 2012/2013 Super-G - Standing 1:34.28
  2012/2013 Slalom - Standing  DNF
  2012/2013 Super Combined - Standing  DNS
  2012/2013 Giant Slalom - Standing  DNS
World Cup - Para alpine skiing
Rank Year Event Result
7 2011/2012 Slalom - Standing  
11 2011/2012 Giant Slalom - Standing  
8 2011/2012 Super-G - Standing  
6 2012/2013 Slalom - Standing