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    Markus Salcher

    Austria Austria Para alpine skiing 5 June 1991

    Klagenfurt, Austria

    a male Para skier


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification LW9-1
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Klagenfurt, AUT
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages English, French, German
    Higher education Media and Communications - University of Klagenfurt: Austria
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried skiing at age two in Nassfeld, Austria.
    Why this sport? "My family is a very much into skiing and my dad was trainer of the local skiing team."
    Club / Team SV Tropolach: Austria
    Name of coach Markus Gutenbrunner [national], AUT
    International Debut
    Year 2007
    Competing for Austria
    General Interest
    Hobbies Cycling, swimming, spending time with friends. (hasslacher.com, 19 May 2020)
    Most influential person in career His father. (paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013)
    Hero / Idol Austrian alpine skier Matthias Mayer. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Injuries In 2008 he broke the tibia bone in his right leg. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Every success starts with the decision to try." (IPC, 10 Feb 2018)
    Awards and honours In 2018 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in the Carinthia region of Austria. (kleinezeitung.at, 22 Dec 2018)

    He was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in Austria in 2014 and 2017. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 31 Oct 2014)

    He was flag bearer for Austria at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (sochi2014.com, 15 Mar 2014)

    He was named Athlete of the Month for January 2014 by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org, 11 Feb 2014)
    Famous relatives His father was a coach of the Austria alpine skiing team at the 2006 Paralympic Winter Games in Turin. His brother Moritz has competed in alpine skiing at club level in Austria. (meinbezirk.at, 21 Jan 2014; paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013)
    Impairment He was born with hemiplegia due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The condition affects the right side of his body. (IPC, 10 Feb 2018; paralympic.org, 10 Oct 2013; voelk.com, 25 Apr 2012)
    Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
    In 2017 he began serving as an ambassador for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. "As an ambassador, it is important for me to make sport accessible to all groups in society. Last year [2018] I launched the project 'Be There' with a focus on barrier-free ski access in Nassfeld. We want to equip families or school classes with accessible sports equipment. Skiing should be possible for everyone." (meinbezirk.at, 27 Oct 2019; IPC, 10 Feb 2018)

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