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TASKINEN Tomi
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Finland   
GenderMale
Age30
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Finnish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began snowboarding in 1999 in the Messila ski resort in Finland. He got involved in Para snowboarding in 2013.
Club / Team
LHS Snowboarders: Finland
General Interest
Hobbies
Cycling, going to the gym, jogging, bouldering. (Athlete, 08 Jan 2019)
Most influential person in career
His physiotherapist. (Athlete, 08 Jan 2019)
Hero / Idol
Finnish Para snowboarder Matti Suur-Hamari. (Athlete, 08 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never say never." (Athlete, 08 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 08 Jan 2019)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of hitting his head in a fall at a snowboarding contest in 2011. He was in a coma for two weeks and required a total of six operations during recovery. "I feel like I've grown up mentally because of this. I think I'm mentally someone in my thirties. I was without a third of my skull for six months. You could touch my brain. I had to learn to walk again. When the right side didn't work, it was frustrating at times. In the end, the will to live was what made me fight and the fact that I was told I was never going to be able to get on a snowboard again. I wanted to show everyone I could." (Athlete, 08 Jan 2019; yle.fi, 25 Dec 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
10 2018/2019 Banked Slalom - Lower Limb 1 Impaired 1:04.92