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    Henrieta Farkasova

    Ones to watch
    Slovakia Slovakia Para alpine skiing 5 May 1986

    Roznava, Slovakia

    a female Para skier


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Vision impairment
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification B3
    Guide Natalia Subrtova, SVK, from 2008
    Further Personal Information
    Residence Senica, SVK
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages English, Hungarian, Slovak
    Higher education Social Work Studies - University of Trnava: Slovakia
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She began the sport at age 17 at a high school ski camp in Levoca, Slovakia.
    Why this sport? "I had never thought or dreamt of being a ski racer, since I don't even come from a mountainous area. However, I felt mesmerised by the sport from the very first moment."
    Name of coach Dusan Saradin [national]; Roman Petrik [national]; Martin Makovnik [national]
    International Debut
    Year 2004
    Competing for Slovakia
    Tournament European Cup
    Location Austria
    General Interest
    Nicknames Hena (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
    Memorable sporting achievement Winning five Paralympic gold medals and two World Cup titles. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
    Hero / Idol US alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
    Injuries She experienced trouble with her back in 2017. (pyeongchang2018.com, 11 Mar 2018)

    She was unable to compete for two-and-a-half years due to a knee injury she suffered in Austria in October 2014. She returned to competition at the 2017 World Championships in Tarvisio, Italy. (teraz.sk, 01 Feb 2017)

    At the 2013 World Championships in Molina, Spain, she crashed and broke her wrist and three ribs. (paralympic.org, 14 Oct 2013)

    She has suffered multiple facial bone fractures during her career. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Don't pity yourself." (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
    Awards and honours She was named Slovakia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. She was also the nation's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (pyeongchang2018.com, 09 Mar 2018; paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

    She was named the 2017 Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the Slovakian Syndicate of Journalists. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)

    She has received the Ludovit Stur Order [first class] from the Slovakian government. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)

    She has been presented with the Award of the Secretary of Education of Slovakia. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
    Ambitions To win five gold medals at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (IPC, 18 Jan 2018)
    Impairment She has a visual impairment. Doctors believe it may be linked to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, as there is no history of vision problems in her family. (pluska.sk, 25 Mar 2010)
    Other information FURTHER EDUCATION
    She has studied at Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. (Facebook page, 10 Dec 2014)

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