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OKAMOTO Keiji
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthKobe, JPN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Sumiko, sons Keito and Ao
Residence
Kobe, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 2001. He took up Para snowboard in 2016.
Why this sport?
"When my right leg was paralysed, I was looking for something I would be able to challenge myself in. And I came across Para snowboarding."
Club / Team
Cow Brand Soap Kyoshinsha: Japan
Name of coach
Naoki Wataya [national], JPN; Kenichi Niboshi [national], JPN
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with his wife. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
US snowboarder Travis Rice. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
His parents. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every moment I am snowboarding is memorable." (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a snowboarding accident in 2015 in which he fractured his third lumbar vertebra. He has a more severe impairment to his right lower limb than his left. (Nippon Challenged Athlete radio, 05 Feb 2021; Fineplay YouTube channel, 29 Mar 2020; keijiokamoto.com, 19 Dec 2018)
Other information
BUSINESS VENTURES
In 2007 he was a founder of HYWOD, a snowboard team in Japan that has organised competitions and been involved in snowboard park construction. HYWOD also owns Osaka King, a snowboard facility where Okamoto works as manager. In 2018 he launched Yukiyama, a mobile app that helps users find places to ski and snowboard in Japan. (Facebook profile, 29 Sep 2021; Nippon Challenged Athlete radio, 05 Feb 2021; keijiokamoto.com, 29 Jun 2020; cow-sports.jp, 03 Mar 2020; snow.gnavi.co.jp, 21 Sep 2019)

AUTHOR
In 2015 he published a book titled 'Snowboard High Speed Improvement Manual'. (cow-sports.jp, 03 Mar 2020; item.rakuten.co.jp, 01 Jan 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2021/2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
10 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
5 2021/2022 Snowboard Cross Team Event  
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2022 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 2 Impaired  
13 2022 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 2 Impaired 1:13.38