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KOSUDA Junta
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthTokorozawa, JPN
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete, Office Worker
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first got involved in Para sport at a running event in 2015, on the recommendation of his physiotherapist. He took up Para snowboard in late 2017 on a trip to the mountains with a friend, and he began competing three months later.
Why this sport?
He initially focused on Para athletics. He began taking Para snowboard more seriously after he was inspired by Japanese Para athlete Atsushi Yamamoto, who competed in Para snowboard at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang after representing Japan in Para athletics at three editions of the Paralympic Games. "I had to give it a go. When I saw Yamamoto snowboard at the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics, I thought, 'This is how I can win'."
Club / Team
Kanto Para Athletics Association: Japan
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para athlete Atsushi Yamamoto. (number.bunshun.jp, 08 Jul 2020)
Other sports
He has also competed in Para athletics [long jump] at international level. (pref.saitama.lg.jp, 04 Jun 2016; 39mag.benesse.ne.jp, 08 Apr 2020)
Ambitions
To win a medal in Para athletics at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and in Para snowboard at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (sjgather.com, 22 Jan 2020; 39mag.benesse.ne.jp, 08 Apr 2020)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated above the knee as the result of a traffic accident he was involved in while working in 2012. (Paraspo Facebook page, 07 May 2016; number.bunshun.jp, 08 Jul 2020; 39mag.benesse.ne.jp, 08 Apr 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 59.52
7 2018/2019 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired