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    Benjamin Daviet

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    France France Para Nordic skiing 16 June 1989

    France

    male Para Nordic skier Benjamin Daviet

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Origin of Impairment Acquired
    Classification LW2
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Le Grand-Bornand, FRA
    Occupation Armed Forces Athlete
    Languages French
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He began alpine skiing at age five and cross-country skiing at age 11. He took up Para Nordic skiing at age 21 in 2010.
    Why this sport? During his early years he played football, which he combined with alpine skiing and then cross-country skiing. After his accident he gave up sport, until one day he decided to start skiing again. "What I like the most is the chance to overcome myself, the effort, the gliding sensation and the freedom by being outside in nature. Also the mix between cross-country skiing and shooting [in biathlon] and the beauty of the sport."
    Club / Team CH Annecien [FRA] / Armee de Champions [FRA]:
    International Debut
    Year 2011
    Competing for France
    General Interest
    Hobbies Sports, petanque. (bleushandisport.com, 2019)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning his first Paralympic gold medal in the biathlon sprint event at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. (ledauphine.com, 17 Dec 2018)
    Hero / Idol Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen, French biathlete Martin Fourcade. (ski-nordique.net, 17 Nov 2016)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Hard training and easy competition, even if there is never an easy competition." (bleushandisport.com, 2019)
    Awards and honours He received the 2019 Paralympic Sport and Media Award as Best Male Athlete of the Year from the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 25 Oct 2019)

    He received the 2018 Chef Brigadier Alexis Vastine Award, which is given to the Best High Performance Athlete of the Year within the French army sports team. (defense.gouv.fr, 12 Oct 2018)

    In 2018 he was named a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government in recognition of his performances at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nordicmag.info, 11 Apr 2018)

    He was flag bearer for France at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (paralympic.org, 18 Mar 2018)
    Other sports He competed in both cross-country skiing and biathlon at the 2014 and 2018 Paralympic Winter Games. (paralympic.org, 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 21 Oct 2021)
    Ambitions To win gold at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Somfy France YouTube channel, 14 Dec 2020)
    Impairment He injured his left knee in a moped accident at age 17 in 2016. While in hospital he contracted a nosocomial [hospital-acquired] infection, which permanently affected the use of the knee. (ski-nordique.net, 17 Nov 2016; Athlete, 07 Mar 2014; Somfy France YouTube channel, 14 Dec 2020)

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