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KOSUDA Junta
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthTokorozawa, JPN
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Noda, JPN
Occupation
Office Worker
Languages
Japanese
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 2018 while on a trip to the mountains with a friend, and 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 snowboard at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang after representing Japan in 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
Open House : Japan
Name of coach
Naoki Wataya [national, snowboard], JPN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Qualifying for the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para snowboarder Daichi Oguri. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para athlete Atsushi Yamamoto. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Injuries
He crashed in training ahead of the men's SB-LL1 snowboard cross at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. He twisted his ankle and had swelling around his left eye but he was still able to compete in the event. (japantimes.co.jp, 10 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Losing one leg has become my strongest asset. " (japantimes.co.jp, 10 Mar 2022)
Other sports
He has competed in both Para athletics and Para snowboard at international level. He represented Japan in the T63 100m and T63 long jump at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and participated in LL1 snowboard events at the 2021 World Para Snow Sports Championships in Lillehammer, Norway. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Feb 2022; parasapo.tokyo, 09 Nov 2021)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (nhk.or.jp, 24 Dec 2021)
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)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 Long Jump T63 5.95
10 2021 100m T63 13.58
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  
9 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
9 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
5 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
7 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
10 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:16.32