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LUCHINI Jacopo
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthPrato, ITA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Public Servant
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Political Science - University of Florence: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2015 in Fanano, Italy.
Why this sport?
Having previously practised swimming and football, he switched to snowboard because he enjoyed spending time in the mountains.
Club / Team
Sci Club Paralimpic Fanano: Modena, ITA
Name of coach
Igor Confortin [national], ITA
General Interest
Hobbies
Archery, skateboarding, surfing, fishing with his father, supporting Italian football club Fiorentina. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing first in the snowboard cross general classification of the 2018/19 World Cup, and winning two gold medals at the 2020 World Cup event in La Molina, Spain. (gonews.it, 10 Apr 2019; paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020; sport24h.it, 04 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
His uncle. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received an award in the sports category at the Italian Sports and Social Associations [ASI] Prato Awards in Italy. (asinazionale.it, 31 Jul 2019)
Impairment
He was born without his left hand. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; comune.montemurlo.po.it, 29 Feb 2016)
Other information
COVID-19 IMPACT
He was leading the overall and banked slalom rankings of the 2019/20 World Cup ahead of the World Cup Finals in Hafjell, Norway, in March 2020. When he arrived in Hafjell with the Italian national team, Norwegian health authorities issued an alert that required anyone arriving from high-risk COVID-19 areas, which at that time included northern Italy, to quarantine for 14 days or return home. Only one race [banked slalom] ultimately took place at the World Cup Finals, but because he could not compete, he eventually finished third in the overall rankings and second overall in banked slalom in the 2019/20 World Cup. "I found out that I couldn't compete in Hafjell as soon as I arrived there, not a moment before. Hearing this news was like a punch in the stomach, I felt terrible. Without the option to compete, I came away feeling helpless to the situation. This season [2019/20] has gone really well, but it could have gone better because I could've taken home two Crystal Globes. Instead, I came home without a title." (paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020)

SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTOR
In 2020 he spent time studying to become a snowboard instructor. He says he believes he will be one of the first snowboard instructors with an impairment in Italy, and that his studies benefitted him in the sport. "This course, which was financially, mentally, and physically taxing due to the high standards for certification in Italy, challenged me in ways that pushed me to grow as an athlete. I felt stronger, both mentally and physically, because I spent more time on the slopes and studying the discipline of snowboarding." (paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020)

OCCUPATION
He works full-time in an Italian government agency, and he is allowed to take the northern hemisphere winter months off so he can compete. (paralympic.org, 11 Sep 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
5 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:12.56
3 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 51.84
4 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
2 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
4 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 52.02
World Cup Finals
Rank Year Event Result
10 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
8 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
9 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:09.39
10 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
9 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
3 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:08.15
2 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:17.08
5 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
5 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired