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MATAGI Samoana
Sport Para snowboard
NPC United States   
GenderMen
Age43
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Occupation
Actor, Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Journalism/Broadcasting - Utah State University: Logan, UT, USA
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Team Utah Adaptive Snowboardercross : Park City, UT, USA
Name of coach
Miah Wheeler [national]
Coach from which country?
United States
General Interest
Nicknames
Sam, The No-Handed Bandit. (amputeesinhollywood.com, 04 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
His brother, Fatu, who also lost an arm in an accident [in 2008]. His brother's support was invaluable in helping him to get through his own accident. (deseretnews.com, 17 Jan 2011)
Impairment
He was severely burned in an electrical accident while working as a lineman in a small Colorado town. 15,000 volts of electricity went through his body, leaving his hands irreparably damaged. He had a double below the elbow amputation.
(amputeesinhollywood.com, 04 Nov 2013; electricalaccidents.wordpress.com, 22 Jan 2011)
Other information
NO HANDED BANDIT
His instructional videos on YouTube as his alter ego, The No-Handed Bandit, earned him the American Red Cross Good Samaritan Hero award. He has also acted in adverts and music videos. (amputeesinhollywood.com, 04 Nov 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
12 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:21.65