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Sheyne Vaspi

Alpine Skiing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW2

Further personal information

Residence
Yesud HaMa'ala, ISR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Hebrew

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried skiing at age 16. She took up the sport more seriously in 2019 with the Erez Foundation in Israel.
Why this sport?
One of her relatives introduced her to the Erez Foundation. "I touched the snow for the first time and I fell in love with the sport. I learned how to ski in a small mountain in Israel that has snow only a few days a year, I really liked it and wanted to ski more and more and to learn competitive skiing."
Club / Team
Erez Foundation: Israel
Name of coach
Scott Olson [personal]; Erik Petersen, USA; Jordan Atwell
Training Regime
She trains 18 hours a week. She spends part of the year training in Winter Park, CO, United States of America.

General interest

Nicknames
Sheina (Instagram profile, 08 Nov 2021)
Hobbies
Drawing, photography, sightseeing. (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
"The first time I managed to finish before an athlete I know was better than me. It made me believe in myself more." (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Israeli Para swimmer Inbal Pezaro. (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She prays before competing. (Athlete, 01 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Honestly, it becomes simple when you get good at it and you love it, so to go skiing is not that complicated for me. The training, improving - that's hard." (timesofisrael.com, 27 Feb 2022)
Milestones
She became the first athlete to represent Israel in any sport at the Paralympic Winter Games when she competed in the women's standing giant slalom event at the 2022 Games in Beijing. (OIS, 11 Mar 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (ynet.co.il, 07 Feb 2021)
Impairment
She lost her left leg at age three after a bus hit the car she was travelling in. (ynet.co.il, 07 Feb 2021; paralympic.org, 27 Feb 2022)
Other information
SPORT AND FAITH
She wears a skirt over her ski pants when competing in order to adhere to the religious dress codes of Hasidic Judaism. "I don't feel it [when racing]. It's really comfortable. At the beginning there were 'safety problems', they called it. They told me it probably wouldn't be allowed, but in the end, to me it's a total miracle because despite all odds they gave me permission. I train in a skirt and compete in a skirt and there won't be any problems in the future for competing in a skirt." At the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, she decided not to compete in the women's standing slalom event as it was moved from a Sunday to a Saturday [the Jewish Sabbath]. She also did not attend the opening ceremony of the Games as it took place after sunset on a Friday, which marks the start of the sabbath. "Of course, I am upset [to miss the slalom]. It was really hard for me to do this because I really wanted it. I trained hard for the slalom." (OIS, 11 Mar 2022; nytimes.com, 11 Mar 2022; timesofisrael.com, 27 Feb 2022; paralympic.org, 27 Feb 2022)