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TUOMISTO Ilkka
Sport Para biathlon, Para cross-country
NPC Finland   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthHämeenkyrö, FIN
Height1.76 m
Weight 66 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Hämeenkyrö, FIN
Occupation
Athlete, Farmer
Languages
Finnish
Higher education
Civil Engineering - Tampere University of Applied Sciences: Finland
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried skiing at age four.
Club / Team
Ylojarven Urheilijat: Finland
Name of coach
Mikko Virtanen, FIN, from 2008
Training Regime
He trains for two to three hours each day during the winter, and does longer sessions in the off-season.
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Finland
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Most influential person in career
Finnish cross-country skier Kati Lehtonen. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Finnish cross-country skier Mika Myllyla. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2018)
Injuries
His 2014 season was disrupted by illness. (paralympic.org, 17 Sep 2015)
Awards and honours
He was Finland's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (lymedsport.com, 17 Jan 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (yle.fi, 12 Dec 2016)
Impairment
His left arm was amputated at birth. He received his first prosthetic arm at age five. (hs.fi, 08 Mar 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He purchased a cattle farm in 2016, and balances his training with working on the property. "Every day is a little bit different. Basically I wake up at 06:00 and after that, eat breakfast and go to the cattle shed and take care of the animals. At 09:00, I do my own training. Then lunch and after lunch a short nap, and after that a few things to do on the farm again. After that, some short training and again I have to give food to the animals. It's quite busy. It's a lot of work." (paralympic.org, 01 Feb 2018)

RETIREMENT PLANS
Having won bronze at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver and silver four years later in Sochi, the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang are his final chance to win the elusive gold medal. "I [will] stop my career this year. This is my last race and last Paralympic Games. I have something else to do, a new life, a lot of new experiences and a lot of time spent on the farm." (pyeongchang2018.com, 06 Mar 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 10km - Standing 31:41.6
16 2006 5km - Standing 14:07.3
4 2006 20km - Standing 1:06:48.0
11 2010 20km Freestyle - Standing 1:00:18.1
9 2010 10km Classic Style - Standing 31:16.4
3 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
2 2014 20km Classic Style - Standing 56:37.2 
8 2014 1km Sprint Freestyle - Standing 4:12.2
7 2014 10km Freestyle - Standing 25:42.0
3 2018 Sprint Classic Style - Standing 4:20.8
5 2018 10km Classic Style - Standing 27:10.0
10 2018 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 28:11.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
15 2004/2005 10km - Standing 32:03.1
4 2004/2005 5km - Standing 14:07.9
11 2004/2005 20km - Standing 1:01:55.5
1 2008/2009 20km Classic Style LW2-9 56:20.8
6 2008/2009 10km Freestyle LW2-9 28:25.3
6 2008/2009 1km Sprint - LW2-9  
5 2010/2011 10km - Standing 26:12.2
3 2010/2011 20km - Standing 57:22.5
5 2010/2011 1km Sprint - Standing  
6 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Standing  
4 2012/2013 20km - Standing 56:20.0
7 2012/2013 10km - Standing 29:08.3
7 2014/2015 20km - Standing 47:56.0
7 2014/2015 1km Sprint - Standing  
6 2014/2015 4 x 2.5km Relay Mixed 34:01.6
7 2014/2015 10km - Standing 26:55.3
5 2016/2017 1km Sprint - Standing  
2 2016/2017 20km - Standing 58:39.1
7 2016/2017 10km - Standing 24:24.9