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SAIRANEN Matti
Sport Para snowboard, Para Taekwondo
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age35
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Espoo, FIN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish, Mandarin
Higher education
International Business - Helsinki School of Economics: Finland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 1997.
Club / Team
Mountain Club Ounasvaara: Rovaniemi, FIN
Name of coach
Mikko Wendelin, FIN, from 2016
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Finland
Location
Landgraaf, NED
General Interest
Hobbies
Skateboarding. (hs.fi, 22 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about." (suomentaekwondoliitto.fi, 2011)
Other sports
He has competed in Para taekwondo at international level, winning silver at the world championships in 2012 and 2014. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Sep 2016; suomentaekwondoliitto.fi, 2011)
Impairment
He sustained a brachial plexus injury in a motorcycle accident. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied at Beijing Language and Culture University in the People's Republic of China. In 2005 he was an exchange student at the University of Prince Edward Island in Charlottetown, PE, Canada. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; LinkedIn profile, 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
15 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
16 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:31.07
12 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 58.71
12 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
17 2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
20 2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:02.45
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
11 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
11 2015/2016 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
11 2015/2016 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:20.06
12 2016/2017 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
13 2016/2017 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired  
15 2017/2018 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired 1:20.04
15 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:28.53