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Aleksandra Frantceva
IPC Alpine Skiing

Russia Aleksandra Frantceva

25 April 1987 Russia
Latest triumphs
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships - Silver: Super Combined, Giant Slalom and Super G; Bronze: Slalom and Downhill
Guide: Pavel Zabotin
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Henrieta Farkasova
IPC Alpine Skiing

Slovakia Henrieta Farkasova

3 May 1986 Roznava, Slovakia
Latest triumphs:
2012 IPC World Cup
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships - Gold: Downhill, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Super Combined; Bronze: Team Event
2010 Paralympic Winter Games - Gold: Super G, Super Combined and Giant Slalom; Silver: Downhill
Guide: Natalia Subrtova
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The World Championships in La Molina is a very important competition, which demands me to be well trained both physically and psychologically.
I feel like we dont train as much as we should, especially leading to Sochi.
Aleksandra Frantceva Henrieta Farkasova
My goal is to demonstrate my very best results by employing my best skills and abilities. The World Championships in La Molina is a very important competition, which demands me to be well trained both physically and psychologically. It is an important step before the future Paralympic Games
What are your goals for the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships La Molina?
Our goal is be at least as good as in the last World Championships in Sestriere in 2011, but more important than that is just to prove to ourselves that we are on the right path towards the Sochi 2014 Paralympics. La Molina is the last biggest event before the Sochi, so it is a huge deal and if we are able to perform well there it will just be a huge confidence boost and it will also kind of show us where we stand within the competition and what we should still work on
I celebrate my victory by being in the great mood, and in case of losing, I am trying to analyse what went wrong, in order to avoid that at the next start.
How do you celebrate if you win and what do you do when you lose?
Well, every single victory means a lot to us, especially those ones in slalom, cause that is where we have a hard time and I am not that confident in my slalom abilities, so when we win or perform well, Natalia is always like: "See, you know you can do it!" But besides that, when we win we are super happy.
Speed distances are the toughest against Henrieta. Her strong side is a lot of experience, I don’t look for weak sides.
What is the toughest part about competing against your rival?
Alexandra has improved a lot during the past 3-4 seasons. Alexandra is really good in technical disciplines. Slalom is her best and she really knows how to ski well. We know that she has been training a lot and the Russian team really wants to impress at home in Sochi .
My strengths are stubbornness and determination.
What is your biggest strength?
Besides my strong skiing technical capabilities, I am also psychologically very strong. I don’t let anything get into my head, not even before a big competition, which is a huge asset, cause skiing is not only about your physical performance, but is also about your psychological preparedness and then there is luck of course.
My technical skills are my greatest weakness. I am constantly working on improving them.
What is your greatest weakness and how are you working on it?
I feel like we dont train as much as we should, especially leading to Sochi. This is due to the fact, that, unfortunately, skiing is not a profession to us, it‘s a hobby. So, as we have to go to our normal daily jobs or study at the university, we dont always have as much time as we need. There is still lot of work to be done in slalom, as it is not our strong discipline and Alexandra Frantseva is very strong in it and shows constant improvement.
Gerd's Guess

Every race in the Europa Cup or World Cup is a fight between these girls. It is really impressive how both work perfectly together with their guides. In World Cups, Henrieta was mostly in front, so she will be the favourite in Spain.

Gerd’s Guess: Farkasova

Germany’s Gerd Schoenfelder is a 16-time Paralympic gold medallist in alpine skiing.

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Jon Santacana
IPC Alpine Skiing

Spain Jon Santacana

1 November 1980 San Sebastian, Spain
Latest Triumphs
2011: IPC Athlete of the Month for January
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Super-G, Giant Slalom and Super Combined; Silver: Slalom and Downhill
2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Gold: Downhill; Silver: Giant Slalom and Slalom
2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Super Combined; Silver: Downhill and Super-G
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Jakub Krako
IPC Alpine Skiing

Slovakia Jakub Krako

8 July 1990 Zilina, Slovakia
Latest Triumphs
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Slalom; Silver: Giant Slalom and Super Combined; Bronze: Team Event
2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Gold: Giant Slalom, Super Combined and Slalom; Silver: Super Giant Slalom
2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Slalom; Silver: Giant Slalom and Super Combined
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"We need good competitors, and I think Jakub is a very, very good competitor."
"It is a pleasure for me to compete with him and I am looking forward La Molina. It’s his home field and I am curious what will happen."
Jon Santacana Jakub Krako
I think I can do very good in giant slalom. The giant slalom is the best discipline for me, but maybe I can do good, too, in the speed events in the downhill and super-G. Maybe slalom won’t be so good because the last two seasons we didn’t race well in slalom, but in giant slalom we can be good.
What are your expectations for the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships?
My dream is to make a hat trick of three gold medals in slalom, because I won the last two World Championships, so it’s my dream.
I think it’s important for us, all the athletes, as it can be a good test for Sochi and we can see who could have the potential to win gold, silver and bronze in Sochi.
Why are these World Championships in La Molina important?
I think that every sportsman wants the title of champion. If you can say “I am world champion” everyone knows about you and no one on earth is better than you. It’s also naturally important for nominations to the Paralympic Games. Slovakia will get chance to send to Sochi a maximum of five racers in my category, but now we are seven. So I need to be one of the best to be nominated for all disciplines.
The giant slalom because I do better with it in training and I spend more time training in that. The super-G and downhill are difficult for me because they’re speed events and I’ve lost my guide Miguel a lot of times.
What’s your biggest strength on the slopes?
My biggest strength is that I am able to race in every weather condition. The best is rain. Everyone hates it because they do not see anything, but that doesn’t matter for me.
I don’t know if Jakub’s the biggest rival, I think there’s more than just him. I think Chris Williamson of Canada and Miroslav Haraus of Slovakia and Nicolas Berejny of France are competitors, too. In skiing, anything is possible. Jakub of course is a good racer. In slalom, he’s a very good racer.
What can you tell us about your rival?
Jon is great skier. He has beautiful, clean turns without sliding. And he can win every race. It is a pleasure for me to compete with him and I am looking forward La Molina. It’s his home field and I am curious what will happen.
We are friends. For me, all my competitors are friends because I think they are good racers and good people. When we finish a race we always go to congratulate all the racers because if we don’t have good competitors, then the sport doesn’t have value. We need good competitors, and I think Jakub is a very, very good competitor.
How close are you with your rival off the slopes?
I think we are good friends. We joke and talk about everything. I invited him to come to Slovakia to visit us, so I’d say our relationship is good.
Gerd's Guess

Since the Paralympics in Vancouver, Santacana and Krako have had a great rivalry. In past World Cup races, Santacana showed that he is in top form and is the man to beat in giant slalom, super-G and downhill. Only in the slalom has he had problems. In the slalom, Krako and his teammate Miroslav Haraus are the favourites. Furthermore, it will be exciting to see if Canada’s Chris Williamson could win a medal, too.

Gerd’s Guess: Santacana

Germany’s Gerd Schoenfelder is a 16-time Paralympic gold medallist in alpine skiing.

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Taiki Morii
IPC Alpine Skiing

Japan Taiki Morii

9 July 1980 Japan
Latest Triumphs
2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships - Gold: Giant slalom, super-G and super combined
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Giant Slalom; Silver: Super G
2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Silver: Downhill; Bronze: Super G
2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Silver: Super Combined; Bronze: Super-G
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Takeshi Suzuki
IPC Alpine Skiing

Japan Takeshi Suzuki

1 May 1988 Hanno, Japan
Latest Triumphs
2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup Finals - Overall winner, men's slalom sitting
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Super Combined and Slalom; Silver: Giant Slalom and Downhill
2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Bronze: Giant Slalom
2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Giant Slalom
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"I don’t know if I have weakness or not. I only try to finish fast."
"I would like to be well prepared for the World Championships by adjusting my ski chair or other racing equipment in Japan."
Taiki Morii Takeshi Suzuki
I am in the middle of preparing to be in better condition for the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships.
How is the IPC Alpine Skiing season for you going thus far?
I had tough races in the first half since I didn't have enough training at the beginning of this season. I would like to be well prepared for the World Championships by adjusting my ski chair or other racing equipment in Japan.
It is our wish to monopolise the podium with Japanese skiers.
What are your expectations for the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina?
I would like to be in the highest place in all events that I will enter.
Power of force.
What is your biggest strength on the slopes?
Having no legs. I have an ability of keeping my balance.
I don’t know if I have weakness or not. I only try to finish fast.
What is your biggest weakness on the slopes?
Having no legs. I am having to adjust my seat position to deal with my weakness.
I have no tough points about racing with Takeshi.
What is the toughest part about going up against your rival?
I surly believe that Takei is a phenom of skiing. He had great results by operating his ski chair beautifully, and also his ability of balance is very high even though he is in the LW11 class. It would be very hard for me to keep my skiing stable and fast like him in that situation.
Gerd's Guess

In the highly competitive sitting class, both Japanese guys have a chance to win a title in the upcoming World Championships. Suzuki is an excellent slalom skier and will be my favourite in the event. Morii has, in contrast, an excellent chance to win a medal in giant slalom. Don’t also forget Japan’s Akira Kano who has good medal chances in downhill and super-G.

Gerd’s Guess: Taiki Morii

Germany’s Gerd Schoenfelder is a 16-time Paralympic gold medallist in alpine skiing.

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Andrea Rothfuss
IPC Alpine Skiing

Germany Andrea Rothfuss

20 October 1989 Freudenstadt, Germany
Latest Triumphs
2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships - Silver: downhill, slalom, giant slalom and super combined
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Slalom and Downhill; Silver: Super Combined and Team Event; Bronze: Super-G and Giant Slalom
2010 Paralympic Winter Games: Silver: Giant Slalom and Slalom; Bronze: Super-G and Downhill
2009 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Bronze: Slalom, Super Combined, Giant Slalom and Downhill
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Marie Bochet
IPC Alpine Skiing

France Marie Bochet

10 February 1994 Chambery, France
Latest Triumphs
2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships - Gold: Downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super combined, super-G
2011/2012 IPC World Cup: Overall title
2011 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships: Gold: Giant Slalom and Team Event; Silver: Super G and Downhill
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My main goal this season is to defend my downhill world championship title.
I'm not going to Spain for tourism!
Andrea Rothfuss Marie Bochet
My main rivals are definitely the Frenchwoman Marie Bochet and Melania Corradini, but she injured herself in training in December, so we have to see how she comes back and how she is. And then the other Frenchwoman Solene Jambaque is also a rival.
Who is your biggest rival and why?
I think with Andrea Rothfuss and I have a very similar technical level and we are progressing at the same pace. We have the same impairment, so we can compare ourselves to each another. In the races, we have almost the same time and that is why we are rivals on the one hand, on the other hand, it is the one who arrives first at the bottom. That is what gives me more "fear".
My main goal this season is to defend my downhill world championship title.
What are your goals for the La Molina 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships?
I'm going to La Molina firstly to defend my title in the giant slalom and the one we have as a team. But I'm also hoping to win the title in slalom and why not those speed tests too? Anyway, I'm not going to Spain for tourism!
My favourite disciplines are giant slalom and downhill. Downhill because it’s a challenge to dare to go so fast – well, maybe ‘to dare’ is the wrong word, but to go that fast.
What is your biggest strength?
I think it's my technique especially in slalom.
My weakest discipline is the slalom because a lot of technique is involved and it’s really short turns – in principle you have almost no time to think too much about it or to concentrate too much on the technique and what you have to do next. It all has to flow out of you without thinking about it too much.
What is you greatest weakness and how are you working on it?
My greatest weakness is in my mind: sometimes I ask myself too many questions. This is a problem especially in the speed events such as downhill.
Marie Bochet’s strength is her technique. She has a very clean ski technique. She has a similar impairment to me (missing her left forearm) and also skis with one pole. She’s strongest in the slalom because she’s best in the technical disciplines.
What are your rival’s strength/weaknesses?
It is hard to say, I would say that her strengths are her experience compared to mine (she started ski racing a few years earlier than me) and her aggressiveness: She never gives up. As for her weakness I’m keeping that to myself because I use it to race
Gerd’s Guess

In past events of 2013, Marie has been in really good shape and won a lot of races. Andrea has been in second position, so Marie will be the favourite in La Molina. As I know that Andrea is getting better this season, I hope she can win an event, though.

Gerd’s Guess: Marie Bochet

Germany’s Gerd Schoenfelder is a 16-time Paralympic gold medallist in alpine skiing.