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    Jon Santacana Maiztegui

    Spain Spain Para alpine skiing 2 November 1980

    San Sebastian, Spain

    Jon Santacana


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Vision impairment
    Classification B2
    Guide Miguel Galindo
    Further Personal Information
    Residence San Sebastián, ESP
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages English, Spanish
    Higher education Physiotherapy - National Physical Education Institute of Catalonia: Barcelona, ESP
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He began skiing in 1990.
    General Interest
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the downhill event at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (sesalen.es, 31 Oct 2018)
    Injuries In 2015 he began suffering from a chronic injury in his back that continues to cause him pain. (noticiasdegipuzkoa.com, 14 Jan 2018)

    In September 2013 he ruptured his Achilles tendon and could not return to training until January 2014. (marca.com, 17 Jan 2014)

    In September 2012 he injured his leg and was unable to ski for three months. (paralympic.org, 12 Feb 2013)

    He fractured the tibia and fibula bones in his lower leg two months before the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. (noticiasdegipuzkoa.com, 14 Jan 2018)
    Awards and honours In 2018 he received the GaituzSport Award from the Basque Country government in Bilbao, Spain. GaituzSport is a social innovation project that aims to promote social integration for people with an impairment. (irekia.euskadi.eus, 03 May 2018)

    He was named the 2014 Sportsman of the Year by the Sports Press Association of Guipuzcoa, Spain. (parasport-news.com, 30 Dec 2014)

    He received the Royal Order Gold Medal for Sports Excellence from Spain's Minister of Sport in 2014. (paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2014)

    He was flag bearer for Spain at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 07 Mar 2014)

    He was named the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for January 2011 in recognition of his performances at the 2011 World Championships in Sestriere, Italy. He won three gold medals and two silver medals at the event. (paralympic.org, 2012)
    Ambitions To compete at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. (20minutos.es, 03 May 2018)
    Impairment He has 5% vision as the result of Stargardt disease. The condition causes progressive vision loss. (abc.es, 27 Jan 2017)
    Other information RETIREMENT PLANS
    He intends to retire from the sport after competing at the 2019 World Championships in Slovenia and Italy. "It gives you vertigo because you have invested a large part of your life in something and spent a lot of time living in a bubble of objectives and challenges, isolated from society in your work and training. But I've always set goals and I've achieved them in sports, so why not do it in life?" (20minutos.es, 03 May 2018)

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