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YAMAMOTO Atsushi
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Japan   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthKakegawa, JPN
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL1
Further Personal Information
Family
One son [2018]
Residence
Izumisano, JPN
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Japanese
Higher education
Physical Education, Sports Science - Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences: Kumatori, JPN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding at age 20 in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. He took up the sport seriously in 2017.
Why this sport?
Snowboarding was his favourite sport before the accident, so it was the first Para sport that he tried after his left leg was amputated. "I have always engaged in other sports during the Para athletics off-season or when I have spare time between competitions. Among them, snowboard is something that I am seriously committed to."
Club / Team
Shinnihonjusetsu: Japan
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Japan
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Wanaka, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames
Acchan (parasapo.tokyo, 05 Aug 2019; Athlete, 16 Jul 2013)
Hobbies
Golf. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the men's T42-47 4x100m relay at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Japanese Para athlete Toru Suzuki. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Japanese Para athlete Toru Suzuki. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He dislocated his left shoulder after he fell during the banked slalom event at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. In June 2018 he sustained the same injury, so he underwent surgery on his left shoulder. He was sidelined for three months, and returned to competition in November 2018. (bladeathlete.com, 11 Nov 2018, 09 Aug 2018, 29 Jul 2018, 01 Jul 2018; sanspo.com, 16 Mar 2018)

He had surgery on his right shoulder after he dislocated it three times while in university. (bladeathlete.com, 01 Jul 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he received the Kakegawa Citizen Honorary Award in Japan. (at-s.com, 08 Nov 2016)

In 2014 and 2015 he was given the Osaka Sports Award in Japan. (pref.osaka.lg.jp, 16 Sep 2015, 01 Oct 2014)

He received the Osaka Sports Grand Prize in 2008. (ouhs.jp, 17 Dec 2008)
Other sports
He represented Japan in athletics at the Paralympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016. He won silver in the men's T42-44 long jump at the 2008 Games in Beijing, bronze in the men's T42-47 4x100m relay at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, and silver in the men's T42 long jump at the 2016 Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 31 Dec 2020)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal in athletics at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (projectdesign.jp, 15 Apr 2020)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated below the knee following a motorcycle accident in 2000. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018; s-rights.co.jp, 16 Mar 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as a visiting associate professor at Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences in Kumatori, Japan. (projectdesign.jp, 15 Apr 2020; bladeathlete.com, 23 Aug 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has completed a master's degree in sports mechanics at the Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences. He also has a licence as a prosthetist in Japan. "I have obtained knowledge of prostheses, and I now experiment with my own to optimise my performance." (parasapo.tokyo, 23 Nov 2017; esquire.com, 25 Oct 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2020 he was appointed as an ambassador for the 2021 World Para Athletics Championships in Kobe, Japan. (Instagram profile, 17 Feb 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008 100m T42 13.68
  2008 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
2 2008 Long Jump F42-44 5.84
5 2012 Long Jump T42/44 5.95
8 2012 200m T42 26.76
6 2012 100m T42 12.92
3 2016 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 44.16
7 2016 100m T42 12.84
2 2016 Long Jump T42 6.62
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 100m T42 13.72
5 2006 200m T42 28.82
2 2006 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 47.04
4 2006 Long Jump F42 4.77
3 2011 Long Jump F42 5.93
3 2011 200m T42 26.92
3 2011 100m T42 13.06
5 2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 47.40
1 2013 Long Jump T42 6.11
4 2013 200m T42 26.41
4 2013 100m T42 13.27
4 2013 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.12
5 2015 100m T42 12.74
1 2015 Long Jump T42 6.29
Heats 2015 200m T42  DNS
4 2015 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 44.47
6 2017 100m T42 13.08
2 2017 Long Jump T42 6.44
3 2019 Long Jump T63 6.40
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
12 2018 Snowboard Cross - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  
  2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  DSQ
World Cup Finals - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
17 2017/2018 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired  DNS
Asian Para Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 Long Jump T42/44 5.82
1 2014 100m T42 12.81
2 2014 200m T42 26.25
1 2014 4 x 100m Relay T42-47 45.12