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OKAMOTO Keiji
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age39
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 [2009], two sons
Residence
Kobe, JPN
Occupation
Athlete, Business Owner, Manager
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?
He was influenced by his friend who he knew through middle school, high school and university, and who became a professional able-bodied snowboarder.
Club / Team
Sideway [JPN] / HYWOD [JPN]:
Name of coach
Kenichi Niboshi [national], JPN
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We ride forever. Just keep going." (Instagram profile, 12 Nov 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (cow-sports.jp, 03 Mar 2020)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a snowboarding accident in 2015, in which he fractured his third lumbar vertebra. (Twitter profile, 31 Dec 2018; keijiokamoto.com, 19 Dec 2018; Fineplay YouTube channel, 29 Mar 2020)
Other information
BUSINESS VENTURES
In 2007 he became a founder of HYWOD, a snowboard team in Japan that has organised national competitions and has 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. He has also been involved in the running of The Parks, a snow park in Japan. (Facebook profile, 31 Dec 2018; keijiokamoto.com, 19 Dec 2018, 29 Jun 2020; cow-sports.jp, 03 Mar 2020; snow.gnavi.co.jp, 21 Sep 2019)

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

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.