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SAIRANEN Matti
Sport Para snowboard, Para Taekwondo
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthTurku, FIN
Height1.84 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Espoo, FIN
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
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 in Finland. He took up Para taekwondo in 2000 in the Philippines.
Club / Team
TU11 [taekwondo, FIN] / Grifk Alpine [snowboard, FIN] / Helsingin Lumilautailijat [snowboard, FIN]:
Name of coach
Sampo Pajulampi [taekwondo, personal]
Training Regime
He trains for 10-15 hours a week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Finland
General Interest
Hobbies
Skateboarding, dog training, knife and tomahawk throwing, drawing. (Facebook page, 19 Nov 2020; hs.fi, 22 Jan 2018; Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Coaching a snowboard student to the Finnish national title. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Coach Sampo Pajulampi. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
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 in 2002 and his left arm was amputated. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; worldtaekwondo.org, 09 May 2021; yle.fi, 05 May 2021)
Other information
TIME ABROAD
He estimates that he has spent about 20 years of his life in the People's Republic of China. He lived there on three separate occasions during his childhood, due to his father's job, and also studied at a Chinese university. His Chinese name is Liu Di and he is fluent in Mandarin. "It feels like I'm a tour guide here [at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing] because I'm so familiar with this place already. [I was at university here for] six years. I failed the exams twice due to my poor studies so I had to extend two more years at the university." (globaltimes.cn, 09 Mar 2022)

MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE
He competes in both Para snowboard and Para taekwondo and says the variation in his training aids recovery. "It could be seen as a lot to take on, but I see it as balance. I think it's good to switch between the two - it works for me. The muscles that need rest get to rest. When I was younger, I enjoyed a lot of martial arts. Judo was the first, then it changed to wushu, which has many different styles, so I've played with them a bit. I found taekwondo in high school and it somehow suited me." (yle.fi, 05 May 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In October 2021 he became a board member of the Finnish Taekwondo Federation. He also runs the Knife Throwing Association in Espoo, Finland. (suomentaekwondoliitto.fi, 01 Nov 2021; tu11.fi, 23 Oct 2021; espoonuutisvirta.wordpress.com, 12 Apr 2021)

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, 01 Jan 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  
16 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - 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
18 2022 Snowboard Cross - Upper Limb Impaired  
17 2022 Banked Slalom - Upper Limb Impaired 1:23.31
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